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As a pioneer in geospatial education, USC takes tremendous pride in our collaborative partnerships with the most prestigious organizations in geospatial science and technology. These partnerships are a prime example of USC’s dedication to providing students with an unmatched education designed to solve global challenges. Below are some of our GIS partners and distinctions:

US News

Ranked among the Top 30 national universities by U.S. News & World Report, 2024
Ranked among the Top 15 best colleges for veterans by U.S. News & World Report, 2024
Ranked among the Top 70 Best Value Schools by U.S. News & World Report, 2024

U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF)

The USC Spatial Sciences Institute is a member of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, which has accredited the USC Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence and the M.S. in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence. USC Spatial Sciences Institute faculty serve on the USGIF academic advisory board.

Esri Development Center (EDC)

Esri recognizes the USC Spatial Sciences Institute as having exemplary programs focused on educating students in ways that promote the design and development of GIS applications using Esri’s web, mobile and desktop geospatial technologies. As an EDC, the Spatial Sciences Institute organizes the USC EDC Student of the Year competition and participates in the annual Esri Developer Summit.

UNIGIS International Association

USC is a founding member of the UNIGIS International Association, which recognizes international standards in geographic information science distance learning programs.

Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)

The USC Spatial Sciences Institute was the first educational institution member of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, which supports GIS professionals within their organizations.

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Learn from Highly Regarded Faculty

Working collaboratively alongside our partners is our internationally recognized GIS faculty, who can teach you how to create responsible, sustainable and scalable solutions for issues impacting our cities, oceans and interior spaces.

John P. Wilson

Professor and Founding Director
USC Spatial Sciences Institute

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