What are the course requirements for the online Certificate in GIS and the Master of Science in GIS programs at Johns Hopkins?
There are two online GIS programs at Johns Hopkins University. The first is a graduate certificate in GIS, which explores the many facets of GIS. Students choose 5 out of 6 courses in the certificate program. These courses include Web Mapping, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Spatial Data Analysis, Geospatial Data Modeling, and Development and Management of GIS Projects. These 5 courses can be completed in as little as one year. Each course is equivalent to 4 academic credits.
The Master of Science in GIS builds upon the certificate program to include advanced studies in GIS system architecture. The 5 out of 6 courses that comprise the certificate are also the core courses of the Master of Science degree program. In addition to the core courses, students are required to complete 4 additional elective courses plus a Capstone project as the end of the program. For the Capstone project, students select a qualified mentor who guides and assists them in developing the project. The Capstone project requires the student to develop a research problem, identify the data necessary to address the problem, devise the modeling or analytic approach used to investigate the problem, and then present a research paper detailing their approach, findings, recommendations, conclusions, and avenues for further research.
What is the emphasis of the GIS program?
What are the undergraduate or professional backgrounds of students accepted into the GIS programs?
What happens if I do not have the prerequisite courses required for admissions to the GIS programs?
Do I need to have a background in programming to successfully complete the programming courses offered in the GIS programs?
What does an academic year look like for a student in the GIS program?
What kinds of software are used in the GIS programs?
Can I waive courses or substitute courses in the GIS program?
Yes you can waive courses in the GIS program if you have taken an Introduction to Geographic Information Systems or Remote Sensing courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, or have equivalent knowledge gained through employment or other means. Please note that any waived course would have to be substituted by another elective from the GIS programs.
Upon review, we can also allow substitution of courses for ones offered in a particular discipline here at Johns Hopkins (for example the Introduction to GIS in Environmental Engineering or Introduction to Spatial Epidemiology offered in the School of Public Health). Please keep in mind that GIS courses offered through other schools at Johns Hopkins may not be entirely online and may require permission of the instructor.
I want to switch from the Certificate in GIS to the MSc in GIS, is this possible?
I have already taken a class in the program but need to take a leave of absence for at least a semester. Is this permitted and how do I request this?
What hardware and system requirements are necessary to be enrolled in the program?
To be enrolled in the program, the students need internet connectivity to access course materials and to communicate with the instructors and other students. The minimum Memory/RAM requirement is 4GB, but 8GB or higher is recommended. CPU Speed at the minimum should be 2.2 GHz, Hyper-threading or multi-core is recommended. Disk space requirements may vary depending on the courses taken, but the recommendation is to have at least 30-40 GB for software installs and data. Optimal Hardware requirements are listed here.
Note: Most of the GIS software we utilize in classes runs on Windows OS. We have students who have successfully completed the programs using Mac, but please note that you will need to have an environment that simulates Windows (Parallels/Bootcamp/VMware Fusion, etc.)
I would like to take a course outside of the GIS Program to be counted as an elective, is this permitted?
I am new to the GIS field, is this the right program for me?
I have been admitted provisionally and need take the required courses in order to enter the program. Will this impact the amount of financial aid I receive?
Does JHU accept the Post 911 GI Bill as a form of Financial Aid?
I am a potential international student residing in a foreign country. Does the GIS Program offer F1 visa?
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