Geospatial Intelligence

The JHU program leading to the Master of Science in Geospatial Intelligence provides the concepts, models, experience, and learning to enable its graduates to lead and shape this emerging discipline. The Hopkins program combines recognized faculty who have extensive geospatial experience and publication records, an innovative curriculum, and a comprehensive range of resources, tools, and opportunities for its students.

Quick Stats

Course Location Online
Available 100% Online Yes
Entry Terms Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester (Beginning in Summer 2018)
Degree Requirements 12 courses
Tuition and Fees Tuition in the 2017-2018 academic year is $3,783 per course. More information.

Geospatial intelligence informs and influences policy, military, diplomatic, environmental and disaster relief and recovery decisions and operations by governments at every level. Increasingly, in non-governmental sectors, it is informing and influencing public health, business, infrastructure, energy, regulatory, and advocacy decisions.

The Geospatial Intelligence Program unites three fields of study: the history of geospatial intelligence; the science and mathematics of digital geography and its related databases; and the art of converting geospatial data into written, spoken, and visual intelligence. Students analyze historical intelligence examples to understand the development of the concepts and practices behind collection, analysis, reporting, and technology. They also will focus on current challenges in the profession, among them the analytics and technology needed for the volume of current and future collection; the challenges of new sensors, and the development of new non-governmental geospatial communities.

On account of the constrained size of the program, the selection criteria will be rigorous. Classes will begin in the Summer 2018 session.

Applicants should hold a four-year degree in a related discipline. For those holding degrees in other disciplines, attention will be given to overall GPA, and demonstrated writing ability. Experience in the profession will also be considered, but it is not required. The program requires proficiency in understanding mathematical statistics and probability as they apply to collection management and analytic estimations. Prospective students will have the opportunity to assess their level of proficiency before enrolling in the program.

Students currently enrolled in other AAP programs will be considered for lateral entry in to the MS in Geospatial Intelligence. Interested students should consult their academic advisor and apply by filling a Change of Program form with the Registration Office. Questions about the Masters of Science in Geospatial Intelligence should be addressed to the Program Director, Mr. Jack O’Connor (joconnor@jhu.edu)


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