Geospatial Intelligence Applications Postbaccalaureate 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 international affairs, national security, law enforcement, or business. 

Certificate Requirements

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

All candidates must take 13 credits, which includes a 3-credit course in geographic fundamentals of geospatial intelligence, a 3-credit course in the nature of geographic information course, 6 credits of geospatial information science and technology courses, and a 1-credit capstone course.

Required Courses
GEOG 480Exploring Imagery and Elevation Data in GIS Applications3
GEOG 482Making Maps That Matter With GIS3
GEOG 483Problem-Solving with GIS3
GEOG 882Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence3
GEOG 594ACulminating Experiences in Geospatial Intelligence (Capstone Course)1
Total Credits13


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

  • Determine when and how to use foundational geospatial information science & technology knowledge and cognitive processes, such as theories, methodologies, techniques, and ethics in the professional application of geospatial intelligence.
  • Combine geospatial information science and analytic thinking in a synergistic manner to solve complex real world problems.


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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