USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute

USC Military and Veterans

The University of Southern California is proud to support U.S. servicemembers and veterans. We have a long history of providing educational, financial and career support for individuals currently serving or who have previously served in the military. Having started as a training school for U.S. Army officers during World War I, we hold onto this tradition proudly as we continue to evolve as a top-tier private education institution

In 2014, USC student-veterans received approximately $2.3 million in aid. We are also honored to have outstanding alumni who contribute to the veteran and military communities, including through the USC Alumni Veterans Network. The USC GIST faculty also includes three veterans, including Steven Fleming, Andrew Marx and Jason Knowles.

To learn more about financial assistance and services available to veterans, visit USC’s veterans resources page.


GIS in the Military and Beyond

“I initially chose to complete the Geographic Information Science and Technology Graduate Certificate program that provided me a solid foundation of GIST concepts, an understanding of spatial databases and a comprehensive overview of field data collection techniques. Then, with my military service complete, I moved to a role as an aviation planner with an engineering and consulting firm, where I complete a variety of different short- and long-term planning projects at airports nationwide.”

– Robert Grotefend
Graduate Certificate in GIST, Class of 2015
Master of Science in GIST, Class of 2017
Aviation Planning Consultant and GIS Analyst at RS&H

Many of the same skills that veterans and military support staff develop in their careers are utilized in the world of geographic information science. This gives service members myriad opportunities in the field, whether they wish to advance their careers in military operations or pursue GIS opportunities in a civilian career. If you’re interested in GIS or have questions about which program would be best for your career, contact an enrollment advisor; we’re happy to provide guidance or connect you with one of our veteran faculty members.

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