Geospatial Intelligence Programs

Certificate Programs in Geospatial Intelligence

Expand your skills and enhance your credentials with one of two certificates in geospatial intelligence. The course content for these programs focuses on both technical skills and the analytical knowledge you need to apply those skills in the real world. These programs are ideal if you will be applying your analytic skills in national security, disaster response, environmental resource preservation, or industrial settings. You can learn to combine spatial thinking, information literacy, and geospatial technology skills with knowledge of cultural and political geography and a commitment to ethical practice. You can also enhance your ability to use spatial tools and data to solve analytic problems and then communicate this analysis in the context of issues of concern to your employer. Once you have successfully completed one of the certificate programs in geospatial intelligence you will also receive a certificate from the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Intelligence and Geospatial Analysis Option (iMPS-HLS)

The Intelligence and Geospatial Analysis Option within the intercollege Master of Professional Studies (iMPS) in Homeland Security program is designed to increase the skills and knowledge of the analyst to produce accurate intelligence to help solve investigations, save lives, improve government, and assist businesses. Courses taken in this option can also be counted toward a certificate in geospatial intelligence. Students with little or no experience in geography or geographic information systems may need to use elective credits to prepare for more advanced courses.

Master of GIS Program (MGIS) - Geospatial Intelligence Option

This option is designed for current or aspiring practitioners in government agencies, businesses, and non-governmental organizations that rely on insights produced through skillful, knowledgeable, and conscientious analysis of diverse geo-referenced data to plan for emergencies, to coordinate responses to natural and human induced disasters, to enforce the law, and to plan and conduct military operations.

Required Geospatial Intelligence Option Courses include:
GEOG 571 Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security - 3 credits
GEOG 882 Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence - 3 credits
GEOG 883 Remote Sensing Image Analysis and Applications - 3 credits
GEOG 884 Geographic Information Systems for the Geospatial Intelligence Professional - 3 credits
GEOG 885 Advanced Analytic Methods in Geospatial Intelligence - 3 credits

Professional Development

The geospatial intelligence industry is a fast-growing field. Many professionals find it critical to continue to develop their geospatial skills to enhance marketability and stengthen job security. Our program offers many online classes to help you fulfill your continuing professional development requirements.    

Professional Associations

The geospatial intelligence program is an academic partner in the following professional organizations:

Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award

Named in honor of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, USN, a Medal of Honor recipient and distinguished Penn State alumnus, this award recognizes achievement by a graduate student in Penn State's geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) program who was served in the U.S. military or with the geospatial intelligence community and demonstrated exceptional contributions to the discipline. [Read more about the award]