The University of Missouri (Mizzou) department of geography was awarded $250,000 to develop an online GEOINT certificate program. This online program will allow access to Mizzou’s GEOINT curriculum for those who cannot attend classes on campus.
After proposing a plan of action to the Mizzou administration last year, the geography department received funding earlier this month for the online program, which is set to launch in the fall 2013 semester. The new online GEOINT certificate program will coincide with Mizzou’s traditional GEOINT certificate program, which is accredited by USGIF and has been in place since 2008.
Program Director and Assistant Professor, Dr. Tim Matisziw, said the program will be specifically designed to give off-campus individuals an easier way to achieve GEOINT certification without being limited to taking classes on campus.
“We have received a lot of inquiries from off-campus individuals,” Matisziw said. “We have received hundreds of e-mails and sat down with many students who expressed interest in an online program. These individuals want to further their profession with a certificate, so we wanted to reach out to them by providing an online program they can complete without having to physically be at the campus.”
Those expressing desire for an online program are not only traditional students, but also military personnel and employees at government agencies who feel a USGIF-accredited GEOINT certificate will help further their career in the field.
Matisziw said he has also seen interest in geospatial intelligence soar at the campus since the program launched five years ago.
“There has been an explosive demand for GEOINT education both on and off campus,” he said. “I feel offering the new online GEOINT program will further increase the education for students wanting to get involved in this growing profession.”
Among current certificate holders are those who have completed NGA summer internships, been awarded USGIF scholarships, and continued a career in the GEOINT field after graduation. The number of successful students in the traditional GEOINT certificate program was a contributing factor to the department being awarded funding for the online certificate program, according to Matisziw.
Although the online program is still in development, it will include 14 semester-based courses offered at a regular rotation through the Mizzou online program. These courses include a wide variety of topics related to the GEOINT tradecraft, such as geospatial intelligence, network analysis and modeling, image processing, human geography, and more. With this large selection of courses to choose from, off-campus students should be able to complete the 21-credit hour requirement for the GEOINT certificate just as easily as students would on campus.