Degrees & Programs
The Department offers both a thesis and project option in the Master of Science in Spatial Information Science and Engineering.
The thesis option is the scientific track, typically requiring a strong engineering, computer science, or mathematics undergraduate background. Prospective master’s students with other disciplinary backgrounds are expected to make up the requisite math and engineering courses that would allow them to succeed in an engineering graduate curriculum. The thesis option includes a substantial piece of individual research as a basis for a master’s thesis.
The project option is aimed at students who wish to focus primarily on course work rather than research at the master’s level. The formal coursework is complemented by a one-semester project in which the student must demonstrate that he or she can apply the acquired knowledge for implementing a particular solution.
The degree requirements for the master degrees in Spatial Information Science and Engineering may be found in the Graduate Catalog under Graduate Programs and Certificates > Spatial Information Science and Engineering. For requirements supplementing the Graduate Catalog, consult the school’s Graduate Student Guide.
Master of Science – Spatial Informatics
The Master of Science in Spatial Informatics is an all course-work degree program of study that is available only through distance learning (Note: The program is currently proceeding through the formal approval process). For those enrolled as undergraduates in the Four Plus One program, this master’s degree may be completed in a single year after the bachelor’s degree.
Spatial Information Science and Engineering
The Ph.D. degree is the highest of academic degrees. The Ph.D. in Spatial Information Science and Engineering is awarded to those demonstrating outstanding achievement in Spatial Information Science and Engineering scholarship and primarily for demonstrated ability for independent research in the field. The preparation and defense of a thesis embodying the results of an original investigation in a specialized area of Spatial Information Science and Engineering are essential features of the program.
The program for the Ph.D. degree in Spatial Information Science and Engineering carries a minimum residency requirement of two academic years and a minimum of 42 credit hours in formal course work beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students normally hold a Masters degree, typically in engineering, computer science, mathematics, geography with a strong technical and analytical background or cognitive science. However, students with exceptional undergraduate performance may be admitted directly into the PhD program.
A qualifying examination is taken after the student has completed the course requirements and developed a thesis proposal. The examination will be designed to test the student’s area of expertise by evaluating the student’s knowledge related to his or her thesis topic through oral and/or written examination. No foreign language requirement is included in the program. A full oral defense of the dissertation is required upon completion of the student’s work.
The degree requirements for the doctor of philosophy (PhD) in Spatial Information Science and Engineering may be found in the Graduate Catalog under Graduate Programs and Certificates > Spatial Information Science and Engineering.For requirements supplementing the Graduate Catalog, consult the school’s Graduate Student Guide.
The following graduate certificate program may be taken through our regular on-campus course offerings. Many or all of the courses may also be available through distance technologies. Formal admission through the graduate school application process is required.
- Geographic Information Systems For the requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog under Graduate Programs and Certificates > Geographic Information Systems (Certificate)