Geospatial Services, MPS

The Northeastern University MPS in Geospatial Services program is designed for working professionals striving to maintain competitive, leading-edge capabilities at a time of rapidly growing utilization of geospatial data for diversity of government and business intelligence needs. Program strengths are highly correlated with geospatial workforce requirements as identified by geospatial enterprise leaders from government and industry (e.g., GEOINT Essential Body of Knowledge). Our curriculum incorporates tools, technologies, and services required in three primary sectors: 

  • Location-based geodata (collect, manage, distribute spatial information and imagery)
  • Geo-applications and devices (devices and software for creating, visualizing, and sharing geospatial information)
  • Geo-expert industries (turn location-based information into insights for commercial and government organizations)

Available 100 percent online and built to Northeastern University’s high academic standards, our program’s experiential focus emphasizes the connections between learning and workplace needs. 

 Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated. 

Required Courses

GIS 5103Foundations of Geographic Information Science4
RMS 5105Fundamentals of Remote Sensing3
GIS 5201Advanced Spatial Analysis3
GIS 6980Capstone3
Complete two of the following:6-8
Visual Communications Foundation
Information Technology Policy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
Foundations of Project Management
Project Management Practices
Psychology of Intelligence Analysis


If students prefer to focus their studies on a particular concentration, they may select 18 quarter hours from one of the concentrations below and complement their studies with 6 quarter hours of open elective courses to meet the minimum 45-quarter-hour degree requirement.

Students are not required to complete a concentration. Any combination of 24 quarter hours from concentration and elective courses will satisfy degree requirements.

Geographic Information Systems

Complete six of the following:18
Use and Applications of Free and Open-Source GIS Desktop Software
GIS Customization
Planning a GIS Implementation
Spatial Databases
Internet-Based GIS
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

Remote Sensing

RMS 6110Digital Image Processing3
Complete five of the following:15
Unmanned Aerial Systems for Geospatial Analysts
Remote Sensing and Global Change
Introduction to Radar and LiDAR Remote Sensing
Spatial Analytics for Vegetation and Precision Agriculture
Remote Sensing for Disaster Management
Automated Feature Extraction for the Geospatial Professional
Spectroscopic Image Analysis
Photogrammetry and GPS
Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action

Geospatial Analytics

ALY 6110Data Management and Big Data3
ALY 6020Predictive Analytics3
ALY 6040Data Mining Applications3
ALY 6983Topics3
ALY 6070Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics3
Open elective from GIS, RMS3


Open electives can be fulfilled by choosing either 6 quarter hours from the courses listed above or below. Please note that if you are completing the concentration in statistical analytics, you will need to complete 9 quarter hours of open elective courses.

COP 6940Personal and Career Development3-4
INT 6940Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals1-4
EDU 6184Interdisciplinary Foundations2

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required