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Basic Degree Information/Description
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Geoinformatics offers opportunities for advanced study and research designed to prepare students for leading roles in industry, government, research and/or academic institutions. The educational objective of this program is to produce graduates who are capable of applying geospatial science and technology to solve problems in industry or academia as well as assuming a leadership role in their chosen employment field. This is a multidisciplinary program administered by the Department of Geological Sciences. It encompasses faculty and resources from the College of Sciences, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Engineering, College of Public Policy, College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, as well as individual faculty from other academic departments.
Why pursue an M.S. in Geoinformatics at UTSA?
The cross-disciplinary nature of the program utilizes spatial data (geographic and/or remote sensing data) to solve real-life problems related to locations and changes in space and time, with wide applications in oil and gas industry, water resources and management, land use and land cover, climate change and cryosphere, archaeology, political science, urban planning and transportation, demography, public health, disaster response and relief effort, geospatial intelligence, and cyber-security.
Big data and cloud computing are the two new aspects of the program’s collaborative research and applications, since geospatial and remote sensing data are big in nature and need advanced technology and methods for data mining, processing, storing, sharing, and distribution.
- The Master of Science degree in Geoinformatics requires the successful completion of a minimum of 32 semester credit hours.
- For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
- Applicants are expected to have completed either a bachelor of science degree, with emphases in geological, biological, physical, environmental, or computational sciences, or a bachelor of arts degree, with emphases in geography, social sciences, humanities, or business. Five required background classes or equivalents are: Algebra (MAT 1073), Computer Programming (CS 1073), Physics (PHY 1603 or 1943), Statistics (STA 1053), and World Geography (WRG 1023). Applicant's evaluations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- A complete Graduate Studies application.
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Test scores: Not required
- 2 Letters of Recommendation are required from person's familiar with the applicant's academic record.
- Statement of Purpose: Personal Statement of Research or Career Interest
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.