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Geographic Information Science with Remote Sensing, Master of Science
A 30-unit program that integrates geospatial problem solving with state of the art geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies. The program emphasizes geodatabase management, programming for GIS, geographic data analysis, geovisualization, web mapping, image analysis, and location intelligence. The graduate will be prepared to take leadership roles in geospatial data management and analysis in many fields and industries.
Requirements Accordion Open
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master's degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
Read the full policy here.
Overview Accordion Closed
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
|Minimum Units for Completion
|Additional Admission Requirements
Individual program admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
|Some online/blended coursework
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The MS in Geographic Information Science with Remote Sensing program prepares GIS professionals who will take leadership roles in geospatial data management and analysis in many fields and industries. It integrates geospatial problem solving with state of the art geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies. The program emphasizes geodatabase management, programming for GIS, geographic data analysis, geovisualization, web mapping, image analysis, location intelligence, and project management. It is designed for working professionals or new college graduates with a Bachelor's degree in any discipline who want to elevate their career or develop a new career in GIS and remote sensing. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to demonstrate abilities in effectively managing and analyzing geospatial data, working with remotely sensed images, producing high-quality maps, publishing interactive web maps, developing GIS tools and automating spatial data processing, as well as developing solutions for GIS problems and managing GIS projects. Graduates will be able to find opportunities and play leadership roles in fields and industries such as urban and regional planning, transportation planning, environment and resource management, energy development and management, and utility management, in either government or private sector.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Manage Geospatial Data
- Explain map projection, datum, and coordinate systems.
- Define coordinate system to data and perform transformation between coordinate systems.
- Explain spatial data representation and data models and perform between different data formats.
- Explain how spatial and attribute information is stored in the computer.
- compile, create, and edit geospatial data
- work with personal, file, and enterprise geodatabase
- create and work with attribute domains, relationships, topology, and versions in enterprise geodatabase
- Analyze geospatial Data and Provide Decision Making Support
- Develop spatial analysis procedures.
- Prepare and preprocess data for spatial analysis.
- Perform vector-based and raster-based analysis.
- Effectively find and use geoprocessing tools.
- Perform raster-based analysis using map algebra.
- Interpret analysis results.
- Develop GIS Applications for the Area of Interest
- Identify problems, goals, and objectives of GIS applications.
- Source data that are in appropriate format and quality for the applications.
- Develop strategies and workflows for solving the problem.
- Develop cartographic models to implement the strategies and workflow.
- Implement the cartographic models using ArcGIS geoprocessing tools and ModelBuilder.
- Creating Python script to implement geoprocessing automation.
- Develop custom tools using Python scripts.
- Interpret model output.
- Manage GIS Projects
- Describe the project.
- Identify problems, goals, and objectives of projects.
- Develop strategies, methodology, and procedures.
- Prepare data that meet demands of projects.
- Solve the problems by analyzing data.
- Interpret and discuss the analysis results.
- Provide management or policy recommendations.
- Develop project plan including resources and timeline.
- Create professional project reports.
- Create Maps from Data and Publish Maps on the Web
- Explain the server-client model in web mapping.
- Explain web map service and web feature service protocol.
- Explain and use vector data formats GML and GeoJSON for web GIS.
- Publish maps on the web using ArcGIS online, StoryMaps, and leaflet.
- Perform High Level Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Analysis
- Explain basic concepts of remote sensing including platforms, sensors, properties electromagnetic radiation, etc.
- Effectively use popular and publicly available remotely sensed data sources.
- Perform imagery data processing and visualization.
- Perform supervised and unsupervised classifications.
- Interpret imagery data.
- Develop environment/resource monitoring applications
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Graduate Admission Information
The NAU graduate online application is required for all programs. Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
Admission requirements include the following:
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale ("A" = 4.0), or the equivalent.
Visit the NAU Graduate Admissions website for additional information about graduate school application deadlines, eligibility for study, and admissions policies.
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International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy.
Additional Admission Requirements
Individual program admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement or essay
Take the following 30 units:
Students enrolled in this plan may not enroll in or pursue the following due to the number of overlapping units:
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.
What is GIS? Accordion Closed
- Federal and state governments use GIS to manage and plan public land and natural resources.
- Local governments and municipalities use GIS to maintain property data and tax records.
- City planners use GIS to access information, improve communication, and support decision making.
- Environmental agencies use GIS to monitor pollutant discharges and analyze environmental impacts.
- Transportation agencies use GIS to design transportation systems and optimize operations.
- Utility agencies use GIS to manage utility maintenance records and plan services.
- Public health agencies use GIS to monitor epidemic patterns and predict trends.
- Police use GIS to manage emergency dispatching and analyze urban crime patterns.
- Developers use GIS to design sustainable communities and produce maps for permissions.
- Retail businesses use GIS to analyze potential markets and help select new store locations.
- Biologists use GIS to analyze plant disease patterns and develop management strategies.
- Archeologists use GIS to analyze spatial patterns of cultural relics and predict historical sites.
What can I do with the degree? Accordion Closed
- Local government
- Urban and regional planning
- Environmental resource management
- Transportation planning
- Surveying and cartography
- Facilities management
- GIS Data Capture Specialist
- GIS Mapping Technician
- GIS Data Engineer
- GIS Database Administrator
- GIS Front End Developer
- GIS Business Analyst
- GIS Data Analyst
- GIS Manager, GIS Supervisor, GIS Tech Lead, Chief GIS Officer ...
What will I learn in the program? Accordion Closed
- understand and be able to integrate theory and empirical practice of remote sensing involving visible and non-visible forms of electromagnetic radiation using active and passive techniques.
- develop detailed and current knowledge of scientific and applied literature in a remote sensing subdiscipline of their choosing.
- demonstrate mastery at using remote sensing software (ArcGIS Pro, Google Earth Engine) for visualizing and analyzing remotely sensed data.
- complete an advanced remote sensing project that involves obtaining raw imagery, image analysis and visualization, and creation of professional-quality deliverables.
- apply multi-sensor fusion techniques in real-world remote sensing applications.
Why should I choose NAU? Accordion Closed
- We teach the cutting edge and practical GIS technology
- We have a long history of offering GIS courses
- We have a reputed Master in Geography program and GIS certificate program
- We have a strong team of faculty dedicated to the new MS in GIS/Remote Sensing Program
- We are affordable and cost effective