Geographic Information Technology, MPS

Increased interest in geographic information and its applications is fueling demand for surveyors, cartographers, photogrammetrists, and mapping technicians. In response to this increased demand, Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies has developed the Master of Professional Studies in Geographic Information Technology (GIT).

Designed to advance your technical expertise, this online degree in geographic information technology explores a range of topics that are essential to the geographic information systems (GIS) field—from project management and system implementation to database design and execution. In addition, advanced concepts and techniques in areas such as raster-based GIS, geospatial information, and GIS modeling are also addressed within this online master’s degree. Combining technical knowledge with hands-on GIS training, this results-oriented program seeks to enhance your skills and broaden your knowledge base—equipping you to competently apply GIS in your chosen field.

Note: High-speed internet service is required for course work in this program.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

GIS 5101Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GIS 5102Fundamentals of GIS Analysis3
RMS 5105Fundamentals of Remote Sensing3
GIS 5201Advanced Spatial Analysis3
GIS 6980Capstone1-4
Complete two of the following:5-10
Introduction to Organizational Communication
and Writing Lab
Information Systems Design and Development
Information Technology Policy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
Developing Your Leadership Capability
Managing Organizational Culture
Foundations of Project Management

Concentration

Complete one of the following two concentrations:

Concentration in Geographic Information Systems
Concentration Courses
Complete six of the following:18
Use and Applications of Free and Open-Source GIS Desktop Software
GIS Customization
GIS Management and Implementation
Spatial Databases
Internet-Based GIS
GIS/Cartography
Business Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Healthcare Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
Geospatial Analysis of Crime
GIS for Defense, Homeland Security, and Emergency Response
Open Electives
Complete 6 quarter hours from the following:6
GIS Customization
GIS Management and Implementation
Spatial Databases
Internet-Based GIS
GIS/Cartography
Business Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Healthcare Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
Geospatial Analysis of Crime
GIS for Defense, Homeland Security, and Emergency Response
Digital Image Processing
Geographic Information Systems for Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing and Global Change
Introduction to Radar and LIDAR Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing of Vegetation
Remote Sensing for Archaeology
Remote Sensing for Disaster Management
Automated Feature Extraction for the Geospatial Professional
Spectroscopic Image Analysis
Photogrammetry and GPS
Personal and Career Development
Integrative Experiential Learning
Concentration in Remote Sensing
Required Course
RMS 6110Digital Image Processing3
Complete five of the following:15
Technology, Operations, and Requirements for Drones, Helicopters, and Airplanes
Geographic Information Systems for Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing and Global Change
Introduction to Radar and LIDAR Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing of Vegetation
Remote Sensing for Archaeology
Remote Sensing for Disaster Management
Automated Feature Extraction for the Geospatial Professional
Spectroscopic Image Analysis
Photogrammetry and GPS
Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
Open Electives
Complete 6 quarter hours from the following:6
GIS Customization
GIS Management and Implementation
Spatial Databases
Internet-Based GIS
GIS/Cartography
Business Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Healthcare Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
Geospatial Analysis of Crime
GIS for Defense, Homeland Security, and Emergency Response
Digital Image Processing
Geographic Information Systems for Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing and Global Change
Introduction to Radar and LIDAR Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing of Vegetation
Remote Sensing for Archaeology
Remote Sensing for Disaster Management
Automated Feature Extraction for the Geospatial Professional
Spectroscopic Image Analysis
Photogrammetry and GPS
Personal and Career Development
Integrative Experiential Learning

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required