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Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence

An education in geospatial intelligence theories, methods, and applications is central to many problem-solving tasks and as such, students with proficiency in these areas are well-suited for an array of employment positions in sectors such as academia, military, intelligence analysis, emergency response and disaster management, law enforcement, etc.


A student must complete a minimum of 18 hours of approved coursework and must earn a grade of at least B (3.0) in these courses. Seven courses must be successfully completed, with at least three courses selected from Group A – Technical Core Group; one course from Group B - Analytical Core Group; one course from Group C – Technical Elective Group; and one course from Group D – Analytic Electives.  The final course must be a capstone experience in geospatial intelligence (GEOG 7130). A course may only count toward one of the coursework groups.  It is important to note that for degree seeking students, courses can typically only be credited to one certificate program at MU (i.e., not counted as credit toward multiple certificates).  The MU Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence will be awarded by MU after successful completion of the coursework and this accomplishment will appear in the student’s academic transcript.  Successful completion of the MU Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence also meets the criteria of MU's United States Geospatial Intelligence (USGIF) accredited certificate program in geospatial intelligence.  As such, upon the completion of the graduate certificate, the USGIF will be notified of the student's accomplishment and will award the student their official certificate.

Technical Core (6 Credits- Choose two courses)6
Geographic Information Systems I
Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS II)
Advanced Remote Sensing
Seminar: Applied Remote Sensing
Analytical Core (3 Credits - Choose one Course)3
Transportation Geography
Geographic Information Systems for the Social Sciences
Technical Elective (3 Credits - choose 1 course)3
Spatial Analysis in Geography
Location Analysis and Site Selection
Landscape Ecology and GIS Analysis I
Advanced Remote Sensing
Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS II)
Topics in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Spatial and Geostatistical Analysis
Data Analytics from Applied Machine Learning
Watershed Modeling Using GIS
Analytical Electives (3 Credits -choose 1 course)3
Migration and Immigration
Seminar in the Geography of the Middle East
Science and Technology of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
Nonproliferation Issues for Weapons of Mass Destruction
Capstone Experience - Communication & Legal3
The Geospatial Sciences in National Security


For admission requirements, refer to the Graduate School’s website for the minimum qualifications for the Graduate School. Before official admissions to the University of Missouri, your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Program.

Students wishing to graduate Geospatial Intelligence Certificate should complete the program of study. The program of study should be completed by the student at the time he/she begins the graduate certification program, and filed with the program Director (Dr. Matisziw).

Inquiries regarding this certificate program can be directed to:

Dr. Tim Matisziw, Director MU Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence
Department of Geography, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Informatics Institute