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The program addresses the emerging demand for scientists trained in the collection, organization, analysis, and dissemination of information about physical features, man-made structures, moving objects, people, and events that are geo-referenced or geo-located. This program focuses primarily on the computational approaches that support the synthesis and analysis of diverse types of data in order to identify and monitor complex events and phenomena that manifest over space and time. While geospatial intelligence has a strong Department of Defense connotation, the principles behind it have a significant dual use potential, addressing the needs of a broader audience, ranging for example from intelligent navigation in urban spaces to emergency response systems for natural and man-made disasters.

The MS is designed to expose students to fundamental theoretical principles and practical applications involving:

  • Geographic Information Science
  • Digital image analysis as it applies to geoinformatics and geospatial intelligence
  • Computational principles for geoinformatics and intelligence


University-wide admissions policies can be found in Graduate Admissions Policies.

To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

Applicants for this master's should hold a BA or BS degree in a discipline related to the program's theme from a regionally accredited university, with a minimum GPA of 3.00, including courses in differential and integral calculus. A working knowledge of a computer programming language is a plus. When the background of an individual student does not meet the program's requirements, remedial or preparatory courses tailored to student's needs may be recommended. To apply, prospective students should complete the George Mason University Admissions Application. Official transcripts from each college and graduate institution attended, a current résumé, and a goals statement will be required.

Applicants will also need three letters of recommendation and an official report of scores obtained on the GRE-GEN. The GRE requirement for admission may be waived if the student holds a master's degree from a regionally accredited US institution. TOEFL scores are required of all international applicants.


For policies governing all graduate programs, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Secondary Program Options

Students enrolled in this master's program have the option of adding a secondary graduate certificate program. Depending upon the secondary program chosen, many courses may be applicable to both the certificate and the master's. Before adding a secondary program, students are advised to carefully review AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates and AP.6.9 Requirements for Master's Degrees. Faculty advisors should be contacted for further guidance and for graduate certificate program suggestions.

Banner Code: SC-MS-GEOI

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 33

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Core Courses

GGS 550Geospatial Science Fundamentals3
GGS 553Geographic Information Systems3
GGS 664Spatial Data Structures3
GGS 684Selected Topics in Geospatial Intelligence3
GGS 685Capstone Course in Geoinformatics3
GGS 680Earth Image Processing3
GGS 787Scientific Data Mining for Geoinformatics3
Total Credits21


GGS 799Thesis3
Total Credits3


Select three courses from the groups below (course selections must also be approved by the program coordinator), with no more than two from a single group (i.e. courses are taken from at least two groups):9
Image Analysis:
Remote Sensing
Hyperspectral Imaging Systems
Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing
Hyperspectral Imaging Applications
Geographic Information Science:
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Analysis
Location Science
Cloud Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Spatial Statistics
Computational Geoinformatics:
Introduction to GIS Algorithms and Programming
Algorithms and Modeling in GIS
Web-based Geographic Information Systems
Earth Science Data and Advanced Data Analysis
Interoperability of Geographic Information Systems
Total Credits9