Online Masters of Integrated Geospatial Technology (MS)

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Master of Science | 30 Credits | 2-3 Years to Complete

Earn One of the Top-Ranked Online Geospatial Engineering Degrees in the Nation.

Even though humans have explored and traveled the planet for millennia, we have much yet to discover about the Earth’s surface. That’s where integrated geospatial technology comes in. As a geospatial engineering master’s student at Michigan Technological University, you will learn and apply the technologies and software to harvest terabytes of data for diverse uses throughout many industries and geospatial technology jobs.

If you’re like many students considering our program, you’re probably asking, “What is geospatial technology?” Simply put: Geospatial technology, also known as geospatial information systems (or GIS), is the complex set of tools and software used for geographic mapping and for analyzing the Earth and human societies. Though it has roots as far back as the first maps drawn in prehistoric times, geospatial technology today is a highly sophisticated means of mapping, geolocating, remote sensing, and tracking large-scale patterns across regions and the globe.

Experts in this field use in-depth, hands-on knowledge of remote-sensing technologies and software to analyze raw data. Geospatial technology, in short, is a vital tool in fields ranging from petroleum exploration, forestry, and agriculture to intelligence, Internet mapping, marketing, and public utilities.

As one of the top online GIS master’s programs in the country, we boast a 100 percent job placement rate for our graduates, with starting salaries around $81,000.

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"Being an online student was challenging but rewarding. The courses were in depth and informative for this growing field. I graduated in two years and easily transitioned into the industry, where I make 3D maps for mines and landfills using drones and a LiDAR scanner to gather data. This program accelerated my career and set me up for many paths and promotions."Erin Jean, MS, Integrated Geospatial Technology ’18

Earn a Flexible Geospatial Engineering Master’s Degree Designed for You.

Earn your online MS in geospatial engineering from the comfort of your home or office. View lectures at your convenience without missing out on face-to-face time with peers and professors. In addition to the freedom of online course delivery, you can choose a specialized area of focus so that you tailor your course of study to align with your career goals.

These areas include the following:

  • Earth Observation Systems and Remote Sensing
  • Geodesy and Geodetic Sciences
  • Geoinformatics
  • Geospatial Intelligence
  • Geographic Information Science and Geoinformatics
  • Geospatial Visualization and Cartography
  • Photogrammetry and Geospatial Imaging
  • Surveying

Take Versatile Geospatial Engineering Master's Program Courses.

Earn your online GIS master’s degree at Michigan Tech and take courses covering specialized topics that will prepare you for a huge range of geospatial technology jobs. Popular courses include

  • Geospatial Positioning
  • Close-range Photogrammetry
  • Hydrographic Mapping and Surveying
  • Hydrographic Mapping and Surveying

View the full geospatial engineering master’s degree curriculum.

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Why Earn Your Geospatial Engineering Master’s Degree Online at Michigan Tech?

What is geospatial technology at Michigan Tech? It’s opportunity. It’s exploration. It’s making an impact on the world doing what you love. From the expertise of our community to the many accomplishments of our graduates, there are many reasons that Michigan Tech is one of the top-ranked schools in the country for engineering and STEM.

  • Get exceptional career preparation. When you earn your online GIS master’s degree at MTU, you’ll not only gain practical experience using the technologies and software that will be foundational throughout your career, but you’ll also gain the knowledge and skills to design, produce, and test new equipment to push the field even further.
  • Work with leading researchers. With small class sizes, you’ll get plenty of chances to work closely with GIS master’s program faculty mentors who are leaders in their fields and who bring their years of experience into the classroom.
  • Join a thriving community. Earning your online GIS master’s degree doesn’t have to mean missing out on experiencing the amazing community of students in our GIS master’s program. You’ll have opportunities to collaborate and connect with other students throughout your time in the online GIS master’s degree program.

What Can You Do with a Geospatial Engineering Master’s Degree?

How does Michigan Tech continue to rank among the top GIS master’s programs in the country? Simple: The success of our graduates.

Fully 100 percent of our GIS master’s program students find rewarding geospatial technology jobs after graduation — working for government agencies, consulting firms, nonprofits, and more. They work in a broad range of fields, including energy, mining, environmental protection, national defense, and transportation.

The US Department of Labor has identified geospatial technology as a high-growth industry, and the mean annual salary for geospatial technology jobs is $92,866 with the top 25 percent of employees earning $124,500, according to ZipRecruiter. There has never been a better time to enter this exciting and quickly growing field.

Organizations Employing Geospatial Engineers

  • US Department of Defense
  • US Department of Energy
  • US Department of Transportation
  • NASA
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • US Department of Homeland Security
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • US Geological Survey

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