USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute

M.S. in GIST vs. M.S. in HSGI and Alumni Perspectives

M.S. in GIST vs. M.S. in HSGI and Alumni Perspectives

June 2021

Special guests: Brandon Brooks, M.S. in GIST Alumnus, GIS Analyst, Safelite Group; Jillian Combs, M.S. in HSGI Alumna, Nuclear Declassification Analyst, Department of Energy

Robert Vos, Ph.D., compares the Master of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology and Master of Science in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence programs, interviewing alumni Brandon Brooks and Jillian Combs. They review the key technical skills gained in each program, and share their experiences learning online at USC.

M.S. in GIST alumnus Brandon Brooks discusses:

  • How he decided to pursue graduate GIS education coming from an organizational leadership undergraduate degree and career in corporate training
  • What’s involved in working at Safelite as the company’s first GIS analyst
  • His experiences completing the program while working full-time, including pursuing the Geospatial Programming and Software Development track and getting to know faculty and fellow students during the weeklong Catalina Island experience

M.S. in HSGI alumna Jillian Combs covers:

  • Her decision to pursue the HSGI program and her experience completing it in just one year while working full-time in the military
  • Working with a team and gaining hands-on experience in designing a course as part of the capstone course
  • How the skills she acquired in the HSGI master’s program helped her stand out in a pool of hundreds and get accepted as an intelligence specialist with the Space Force

The captions for this webinar recording were automatically generated and may contain errors. We encourage you to reach out to an enrollment advisor by emailing gis@usc.edu for clarification of the material covered in this webinar or if you have any questions about the program.

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