MA in Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences

The master’s in Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences (RS & GS) is designed for students with diverse natural science and social science backgrounds who desire specialized training in the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) in environmental and natural resource analysis and management. The curriculum is designed to train students in both the underlying theory and application of remote sensing (e.g., image processing), spatial analytical methods (e.g., spatial statistics), and digital cartography and geographic information systems. Students are trained for careers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors where there is high demand for professionals with advanced technical skills who can organize and analyze spatial data sets. Applicants to the RS & GS program are expected to have basic competency in calculus and statistics. Candidates who do not have the required quantitative skills may be admitted, but they will be required to do independent work or additional coursework to acquire the necessary background. Students should consult the Program Director to ascertain if they have the required background.

Course Requirements

At least 32 credits (typically 8 courses) must be completed as follows:

Core Courses

  • CAS GE 501 Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing
  • CAS GE 505 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • CAS GE 509 Applied Environmental Statistics or CAS GE 516 Multivariate Analysis for Geographers*


Five electives selected in consultation with advisor. Suggested courses can be found on the department website.**

*Course taken to fulfill statistical methods requirement cannot be double counted as an elective.
**With the prior approval of an advisor, students in the program may select graduate-level (500 and higher) courses beyond the approved list of electives to fulfill the electives requirement.

Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement for this degree.