USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute

Online Programs

The USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute offers a comprehensive selection of online graduate GIS programs, giving students the flexibility to advance their knowledge and skills in the way that’s best suited for their careers and previous experience. USC faculty review all programs regularly and update the curriculum to align with the needs of the research community and industry.

The extensive selection of electives and close professional relationships students can develop with faculty and peers ensure that they have the support and knowledge they need to reach their goals, whether they’re just entering a GIS career or are an experienced GIS professional.

The following online GIS graduate programs are currently available:


Master’s Degrees

Online Master’s in Geographic Information Science and Technology

The online M.S. in GIST is designed for professionals interested in using spatial data to solve complex challenges in fields ranging from public safety to supply chain logistics and more. The core courses provide foundational, broadly applicable knowledge in spatial sciences as well as hands-on experience with GIS software and data. Electives allow students to acquire other advanced skills, such as GIS application development, geospatial technology project management and spatial modeling.

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Online Master’s in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence

The online M.S. in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence is designed for professionals with an interest in leveraging spatial and temporal data to prepare for and respond to incidents such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other threats that impact human security. Graduates will acquire the leadership skills and technical acumen they need to spearhead new geospatial intelligence initiatives in government, military and non-government organizations.

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Graduate Certificates

Online Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology

The online graduate certificate in GIST is ideal for professionals who want to enhance their skillset with specific knowledge or for individuals who are just starting to consider GIS careers. The coursework provides foundational knowledge, including an understanding of geospatial databases and spatial data acquisition techniques, while elective choice enables students to gain some experience with advanced GIS concepts and tools.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence

The online graduate certificate in Geospatial Intelligence provides a foundation for leveraging spatial data in conjunction with social, political and environmental information to make decisions. It is designed for individuals who want to use spatial data to create actionable insight in disaster planning and incident response.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Leadership

The online graduate certificate in geospatial leadership is available for professionals in the geospatial industry to hone their technical skills while also learning leadership strategies for the GIS field. The coursework focuses on strategies for encouraging innovation and shaping the direction of GIS initiatives and organizations.

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