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Reputation matters. Align yours with ours.

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 you with a top-tier education designed to solve global challenges. Below are some of our GIS partners and distinctions:

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency — United States Geological Survey Center for Academic Excellence

The NGA-USGS has designated the USC Spatial Sciences Institute as a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences. USC has designed online GIS courses specifically to foster the workforce development of geospatial professionals.

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. 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.

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