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Online M.S. in Geospatial Technologies

From aerial and satellite remote sensing imagery to the Global Positioning System, computerized geographic information systems are revolutionizing the way business, science, and government policy is carried out. Geospatial technologies have become a driving force for decision making across the globe.

With the mission to foster the insights, technical skills, and advanced training in geospatial technologies, the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma offer the online Master of Science in Geospatial Technology* program. Representing the intersection of geography and technology, the program's curriculum was specifically designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical geospatial technology skills needed to advance in this rapidly growing field of study. An advanced degree from OU in geospatial technologies prepares you to leverage new technologies to support governmental, environmental, business, and societal decision-making affecting the future of our planet. 

*The full name of the degree program is online Master of Science in Geography and Environmental Sustainability with a concentration in Geospatial Technologies. Graduates of the program will receive a Master of Science in Geography and Environmental Sustainability diploma.

Program Benefits

Earn the Credential needed for Advancement –The geographic information system market is expected to grow by 10.7% by 2024 with a projected market size of $19.7B. With your advanced degree from OU, you will likely have access to higher-paying jobs and career advancement opportunities.

Access Curriculum Grounded in Theory and Practice – Our program’s curriculum includes the theory and application of geospatial technologies – so you get both conceptual and professional skills. You will use creative, qualitative, and mixed research methods to deepen your understanding of our world.

Learn from Experienced, Nationally Recognized Faculty – Our faculty is dedicated to expanding your intellectual views with critical perspectives. Your instructors are experts in coupled human and natural systems, integrated modeling, location and suitability modeling, climatology, landscape ecology, fresh water ecosystems, data visualization, cartography, and land use change. 

Accelerated, Online Delivery - With the flexible, online format, you can earn your master's degree in 21 months - all while continuing to work full-time. The program was developed for working adults, allowing you to complete coursework at your convenience.

Form Connections in Your Industry – The OU College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences offers various training and collaboration opportunities in the growing field of geospatial technologies. You will gain a head-start in transitioning from the classroom to the real-world.

Program Structure

The online M.S. in Geospatial Technologies program is 33 credit hours and can be completed in 21 months.

A sample course sequence is below:

How to Apply

Admission to the online M.S. in Geospatial Technologies program is selective. To apply, please follow the following process: 

1.     Complete Online Application

  •  Create your account at  https://gograd.ou.edu/apply/
  •  Submit your completed application
  • Pay application fee - $50 for US applicants and $100 for international applicants

2.     Submit Additional Documents

  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from your last degree-granting institution
  • Statement that includes short responses (400 words per question) to the following three questions
    1. Why does the Geospatial Technologies degree interest you and what do you hope to accomplish by obtaining the degree?
    2. What are your top three educational goals while in the Geospatial Technologies degree?
    3. Going forward, what are your career goals and how will the program help achieve them?

3.     Provide one or more of the following:

  • GRE score
  • Reference letter
  • Written paper or report from the past three years
  • Portfolio of past GIS work (if applicable)

Admissions Timeline

The online M.S. in Geospatial Technologies admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process. Once the Office of Graduate Admissions has received all required application materials and evaluated transcripts, the committee will strive to respond to applicants within one week.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition

Tuition for the online Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies is $32,505* (33 credit hours at $985 per credit hour). Fees associated with the program are included in this cost. Books and materials are additional.

Once accepted into the program, students are required to submit a $350 non-refundable deposit. This deposit will be applied to your first semester’s tuition, provided you enroll in the program and start with your designated cohort class.

Financial Aid

The University of Oklahoma’s Financial Aid office assists students by providing information about scholarship and financial aid opportunities available at the University of Oklahoma. Please visit: http://www.ou.edu/financialaid.html or call (405) 325-9000 to learn more.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

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