Integrated Geospatial Technology

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. —Albert Einstein

Integrated Geospatial Technology—MS

Fast Facts

  • Geospatial information science is a research enterprise. GIScientists lead research and development efforts at geospatial software development companies, government agencies, and in universities. Key government agencies involved in geospatial research are: NGA, USGS, NASA, US DHS, NOAA NGS, EPA, DOD, DOE, DOJ, and others.
  • Faculty members hold editorial positions with major geospatial journals including GPS Solutions, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, and Surveying and Land Information Systems.
  • Faculty members have been appointed to directorial and commission president positions in the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), International Federation of Geodesists (FIG), and American Congress of Surveying and Mapping (ACSM).

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Graduate Programs in Integrated Geospatial Technology

There is a large and growing need for scientists and engineers with advanced training in the geospatial technologies. In particular, there is a recognized need in different disciplines to gather, analyze, and interpret geographically referenced spatial information and data. The Master of Science in Integrated Geospatial Technology provides an optimal combination of education and training in Geospatial Science and Technology to students who wish to join the geospatial workforce. The program can be completed on-campus or through online courses. Current Michigan Tech undergraduate students can earn a MS degree with just a single year of study beyond the BS through the Accelerated Master's Program.

The Integrated Geospatial Technology MS program is designed for students from a variety of backgrounds to pursue careers in surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), terrestrial laser scanning industries, and for allied areas that require knowledge and understanding of the acquisition, processing, and analysis of spatially referenced data. These types of data help scientists from many different disciplines such as geology, volcanology, forestry, agriculture, social sciences, demography, history, and politics study diverse aspects of Earth and human phenomena. While many disciplines use such data and technologies as supplementary tools in their research, geospatial data acquisition and processing is an applied science and technology by itself.

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Master's Degree: Thesis Option

This option requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor.  The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. 

The minimum requirements are as follows:

Course work (minimum)20 credits
Thesis research6–10 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Report Option

This option requires a report describing the results of an independent study project. The scope of the research topic should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. 

Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in course work other than the project:

Course work24 credits
Report2–6 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Course Work Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through course work. Research credits may be used on a case-by-case basis following the approval of the graduate program director. 

A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree and may require more than the minimum credits listed here:

Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)18 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits