A Curriculum Refresh

Northeastern University updates geospatial master’s degree program, launches new concentration

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Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies has re-launched its USGIF-accredited master’s degree program in geographic information technology. The new program—now named Geospatial Services—boasts an updated curriculum that more closely aligns with the revolutionary changes the geospatial field has experienced in the last five years.

The two-year program in Geospatial Services is currently offered online, and educates students on state-of-the-art tools and techniques used in a wide variety of applied geospatial disciplines such as defense, GEOINT, public health, environmental science, and urban planning.

The revamped program includes concentrations in geographic information systems, remote sensing, and—as of July 10—geospatial analytics. The addition of a concentration in quantitative analysis gives students more options in course selection and the ability to gain workforce skills in data mining, big data analysis, and dashboard or scoreboard visualizations.

“Citizens, consumers, and workers function as geo-natives, many using push-button variations of these technologies as part of everyday life,”said Dr. Cordula Robinson, Northeastern’s director of geospatial services. “This program is a way for people to glimpse behind the curtain and become familiar with how things work and how to make things happen.”

In addition to USGIF accreditation, the Geospatial Services program is also recognized as an NGA-USGS Academic Center of Excellence in Geospatial Sciences.

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