USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute

Online Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence

The online graduate certificate in Geospatial Intelligence offers knowledge of key concepts in geographic information science alongside practical knowledge of how GIS is used in military, humanitarian and government organizations to inform decision making and better respond to threats.

The certificate program is accredited by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).

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Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Career Opportunities

Geospatial intelligence plays a critical role in numerous fields. Military units leverage geospatial technology for managing large training areas and mission support. Emergency services use GEOINT for tasks ranging from identifying the most effective route to an incident to efficient resource distribution. Countless other government agencies and organizations leverage geospatial intelligence either as support or as a key part of daily operations.

Graduate certificate students interested in developing their GEOINT leadership skills may also consider the M.S. in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence or the Geospatial Leadership graduate certificate; all credit earned for the certificate can be applied toward completion of the master’s degree.

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Curriculum Summary

Students in the online geospatial intelligence graduate certificate program will take eight units of core coursework and a capstone course. The required coursework provides the key knowledge and concepts for spatial thinking, with practical knowledge focused on how remotely sensed and other kinds of spatial data can be used to solve real-world GEOINT problems. The electives offer additional opportunities and the spatial modeling course, for example, examines the use of models for describing the convergence of geospatial, social and political forces as well as how these influencers may impact scenarios.

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