Geospatial Intelligence Analytics Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

An entering student must have worked, anticipate working, or have completed in a satisfactory manner course work in an area related to national security, law enforcement, or business. The student must be admitted to (1) Penn State's Graduate School, and (2) the graduate certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Analytics offered by the department of Geography.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

Required Courses
GEOG 571Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security3
GEOG 594ACulminating Experiences in Geospatial Intelligence1
GEOG 594BGeospatial Intelligence Capstone Experience2
GEOG 883Remote Sensing Image Analysis and Applications3
GEOG 884Geographic Information Systems for the Geospatial Intelligence Professional3
Select at least 3 credits of the following:3
Exploring Imagery and Elevation Data in GIS Applications
Making Maps That Matter With GIS
Problem-Solving with GIS
GIS Database Development
GIS Programming and Software Development
Cartography and Visualization
Environmental Applications of GIS
GEOG 488
Advanced Python Programming for GIS
Geospatial System Analysis and Design
Geographical Information Analysis
GEOG 588
The Earth is Round and Maps are Flat: Working with Spatial Reference Systems in GIS
GPS and GNSS for Geospatial Professionals
Web Application Development for the Geospatial Professional
Geospatial Technology Project Management
Advanced Analytic Methods in Geospatial Intelligence
Total Credits15


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

  • Combine advanced geospatial information science & technology knowledge and cognitive processes including theories, methodologies, techniques, ethics, and best practices to resolve complicated situations.
  • Integrate professional experience, science, analytics, and the intelligence disciplines to create effective solutions.


Campus World Campus
Graduate Program Head Todd Smith Bacastow
Program Contact

Susan N Spaugh
418 Earth Engr Sciences
University Park PA 16802
(814) 863-2502

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