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Geoinformatics Masters

The new MS program in geoinformatics and geospatial intelligence addresses the emerging demand for scientists trained in the collection, organization, analysis, and dissemination of information about physical features, man-made structures, moving objects, people, and events that are geo-referenced or geo-located. This program focuses primarily on the computational approaches that support the synthesis and analysis of diverse types of data, in order to identify and monitor complex events and phenomena that manifest themselves over space and time. While geospatial intelligence has a strong Department of Defense connotation, the principles behind it have a significant dual use potential, addressing the needs of a broader audience, ranging for example from intelligent navigation in urban spaces to emergency response systems for natural and man-made disasters.

The MS program in geoinformatics and geospatial intelligence is designed to expose students to fundamental theoretical principles and practical applications involving:

  • Geographic Information Science
  • Digital image analysis as it applies to geoinformatics and geospatial intelligence
  • Computational principles for geoinformatics and intelligence

The curriculum structure of the program reflects these three educational components. The GEOI MS degree requires a minimum of 33 credits, including a 3-credit MS thesis. See Guidelines.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting all admission requirements for graduate study at Mason as specified in the Admission section of this catalog, applicants to the MS program in geoinformatics and geospatial intelligence should hold a BA or BS degree in a discipline related to the program's theme from an accredited university, with a minimum GPA of 3.00, including courses in differential and integral calculus. A working knowledge of a computer programming language is a plus. When the background of an individual student does not meet the program's requirements, remedial or preparatory courses tailored to student's needs may be recommended. To apply, prospective students should complete a Mason graduate application on-line at Official transcripts from each college and graduate institution attended, a current resume, and a goals statement will be required.

Applicants will also need three letters of recommendation and an official report of scores obtained on the GRE-GEN. The GRE requirement for admission may be waived...

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Is it worth it to get a Masters in Bioinformatics?

It depends. First of all, bioinformatics is a really hot topic right now and from that point of view: Yes. Especially in you are a biology graduate.
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