Geospatial intelligence helps you navigate the need to uncover answers despite the reality of missing, incomplete, or intentionally hidden data. Learn to understand a particular environment – anywhere on Earth – through analysis of data from satellites and sensors in order to shape important decisions in the government, private, and non-profit sectors.

Degree Type:
Master of Science
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
Online
Requirements:
12 courses
Time to Complete:
16 – 24 months
Tuition:

Program Overview

 

Imagery intelligence. Elevation data. Vector and infrared maps. Geospatial intelligence specialists use a range of tools and resources to identify and assess information about a physical location, its features, and any related human activity. This information allows leaders to make critical decisions.

Geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT, influences policy, military, diplomatic, environmental, and disaster recovery operations at every level of government. With roots in the armed forces, GEOINT today benefits many commercial and nonprofit organizations: agriculture, energy, automotive, real estate, travel, meteorological, and first-responders, to name a few.

With the power of geospatial intelligence to see what others cannot, careers in the field are rising in demand.

Prepare for an In-Demand Field

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, several intelligence- and security- and mapping-related positions will grow significantly faster than the average occupation through 2030, including:

  • Information security analyst: 33% growth1
  • Operations analyst: 25% growth2
  • Cartographer: 5% growth3

A master’s degree in geospatial intelligence can also prepare you for public and private sector positions like:

  • Geospatial intelligence analyst
  • Operations specialist
  • Intelligence officer
  • Regional and Sector risk analyst

Build On Your Past Experience

Studying geospatial intelligence brings together statistical and analytics skills with geography, intelligence history, and GIS technology.

Success in the MS in Geospatial Intelligence program requires an understanding of mathematical probability and statistics, so prior professional experience or a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline such as geography, GIS, political science, or other social sciences area will be useful.

Learn on Your Terms

This 100% online geospatial intelligence master’s program was designed to fit into your already demanding schedule. Start your classes in either the fall, spring, or summer and choose to attend full- or part-time.

Why Study Geospatial Intelligence at JHU

Study With Recognized Intelligence Experts

Our faculty developed their expertise in national and domestic intelligence and disaster support with organizations such as the CIA’s National Photographic Interpretation Center and the DoD's National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Explore Electives on Contemporary Topics

Choose elective courses that fit your interests and career goals such as Commercial Imagery and the Impact of Small Satellites, Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Geospatial Technology, Geospatial Law and Ethics, and Intelligence and Counterterrorism.

Center for Advanced Governmental Studies

Our mission, to provide a strong foundation of knowledge upon which innovative policy programs and promising leaders can develop, informs all of The Center’s initiatives. The Center encompasses several degrees and certificate programs designed to enhance understanding of the processes of government and global security.

Take the Next Step

Merge the art of intelligence and geographic analysis with the science of sensors and statistical analysis to prepare for emerging, in-demand careers in the geospatial intelligence field.

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Sources

The salary data for potential geospatial intelligence career options are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook:

1 “Information Security Analysts: Summary.” Accessed online on November 19, 2021.
2 “Operations Research Analysts: Summary.”. Accessed online on November 19, 2021.
3 “Cartographers and Photogrammetrists: Summary.” Accessed online on November 19, 2021.

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