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.

MS in Geospatial Intelligence

Format Online
Entry Terms Fall, Spring, and Summer
Degree Requirements 12 courses
Length of Program 16 – 24 months
Tuition $4,234 per course

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.

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 into the MS in Geospatial Intelligence. Interested students should consult their academic advisor and apply by filing 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 (

Background Reading List

reading list before starting the M.S. in Geospatial Intelligence.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

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