Online Degree I

Going the Distance - Pursuing a Graduate Degree Online
Penn State’s Master of GIS (MGIS) students and faculty advisors share their experiences

Recorded May 26, 2011

Job seekers are looking for expedient ways to gain entrance into the geospatial industry, and current professionals are seeking to advance their careers. Join two MGIS students and their faculty advisors as they share their capstone research projects and personal experiences with online learning at Penn State, and describe how their experiences are furthering their careers.

Individuals with a background in geospatial technologies are increasingly turning to a master’s degree and graduate certificate programs to distinguish themselves professionally.

In choosing a program, students must balance work and home commitments. Some students choose online education because of the flexibility it affords, and high quality, rigorous online programs exist now as counterparts to traditional residential programs. Penn State’s online MGIS degree is one such program that strives to provide a premier graduate experience. PSU’s MGIS has served nearly 300 students to date with courses and faculty advisors matched to students’ individual needs.

During the webinar you’ll hear from two students, both of whom are close to graduation. Ryan Liddell’s work involves the use of LiDAR data to evaluate rooftop solar electricity potential in Seattle. Desmond Carroll has developed visualizations of spatial and temporal variability of tropical cyclones in the Caribbean. Faculty advisors Dr. Joe Bishop and Dr. Frank Hardisty will share their own thoughts on working with students online. 

This webinar is for:

  • Experienced geospatial professionals looking to advance their careers
  • Anyone considering pursuing a Master’s degree in the geospatial industry
  • Anyone considering online learning as an alternative to a residential program
  • Anyone who wants to know more about how GIS research can be integrated into professional education