GEOINT Curriculum

Penn State offers two Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) certificates to choose from, based on your level of academic readiness for the coursework:

  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in GEOINT Applications
  • Graduate Certificate in GEOINT Analytics

Information about GEOINT and each of these programs is provided here to help you to determine which of these certificates is right for your professional needs.

Business, government, and non-governmental organizations look for graduates skilled in geospatial intelligence applications and spatial analytics. Penn State’s online GEOINT certificate programs provide you with fundamental or advanced knowledge of the key geographic concepts, geospatial problem-solving techniques, and geographic information technologies to confront a wide array of professional challenges, including location intelligence in business planning, disaster response, emergency management, and military operations.

Post-baccalaureate Certificate in GEOINT Applications - for Aspiring Professionals

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Applications introduces the aspiring GEOINT professional to the tools, techniques, and ethics of geospatial intelligence applications. This certificate is designed for the individual who has no previous experience with digital spatial data, geographic information systems, or remote sensing.

The Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Applications requires 13 credits of online coursework in GEOINT, including:

  • GEOG 882 (Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence – 3 credits)
  • GEOG 482 (Making Maps that Matter with GIS – 3 credits)
  • GEOG 483 (Problem-solving with GIS – 3 credits)
  • GEOG 480 (Exploring Imagery and Elevation Data in GIS Applications – 3 credits)
  • GEOG 594A (Seminar in Geospatial Intelligence - 1 credit capstone experience)

To apply to this program, you must have either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution.

Graduate Certificate in GEOINT Analytics - for Experienced Professionals

The Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Analytics is for GEOINT professionals who already have a working knowledge of GIS software and fundamental concepts in remote sensing. This program promotes advanced analytical practices, theory, and best practices in geospatial analytics. The Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Analytics is a part of the Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) in Geospatial Intelligence Option and the Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security (iMPS-HLS) in Geospatial Intelligence Option. Specifically, the 13 credits earned in the Geospatial Intelligence Analytics certificate may be applied toward the 33-credit Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security geospatial intelligence or toward the 35-credit Master of Geographic Information Systems.

The Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Analytics requires 13 credits of online coursework that integrates geospatial information science and intelligence analysis disciplines.

  • GEOG 882 (Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence – 3 credits)
  • GEOG 883 (Remote Sensing for the Geospatial Intelligence Professional – 3 credits)
  • GEOG 884 (Geographic Information Systems for the Geospatial Intelligence Professional – 3 credits)
  • GEOG 885 (Advanced Analytic Methods for Geospatial Intelligence – 3 credits) or an approved elective
  • GEOG 594A (Seminar in Geospatial Intelligence (1 credit capstone experience)

To apply to the program, you must have either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution.

USGIF Accreditation

Penn State’s GEOINT certificates are fully accredited by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). USGIF’s accreditation program was established in 2005 to encourage higher education institutions to develop academic certificates that prepare students to advance the geospatial intelligence field. When you earn a GEOINT certificate from Penn State, you will also receive a certificate from the USGIF.

Take a Look at Our Classes

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with Penn State’s online course work before applying to our program. Visit the Open Educational Resources website to preview content from our geospatial intelligence courses.

Find Out More or Apply Now

For more information on geospatial intelligence courses and programs, contact our faculty and staff at info@geoint.psu.edu.

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