Geospatial intelligence allows us to understand a particular environment—anywhere on Earth—without setting foot there. Analysis of data from satellites and sensors informs and shapes important decisions in the government, private, and non-profit sectors.

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

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 2028, including:

  • Information security analyst: 32% growth
  • Operations analyst: 26% growth
  • Cartographer: 15% growth

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.

Expand Your Network

Our Alumni Advisory Board comprises alumni with notable accomplishments in diverse fields both in the private and public sectors. This group serves as a resource for students and alumni seeking career advice and networking opportunities.

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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