The MS in GeoInformatics program is an interdisciplinary degree that features courses in GeoInformatics, GIScience, and some GIS application areas. It provides an opportunity to train students in aspects of GeoInformatics not covered by our department’s GIS Certificate Program. The MGEOi is a science-based MS program designed to prepare students for management- and advanced research-level employment positions.
As of this writing Hunter’s program is one of only two in the country specializing in GeoInformatics. Our program is designed primarily as a professional degree, filling a market need in a well-paid discipline with an emphasis on technology implementation with an engineering/computer science approach rather than a purely applied use of GIS. Training will include computational aspects of spatial data science such as modeling and programming, remote sensing, visualization, databases, spatial ontologies, spatial statistics, big data, and complexity. Students will have opportunities to explore links with both Geography and Computer Science faculty at Hunter College and with employers and the tech community in the New York metropolitan area.
Students receiving a Master of Science in GeoInformatics must choose one of two program options: the Thesis Option or Exam Option. The Thesis Option is recommended for students who will subsequently pursue a PhD. For other students, either option is acceptable. The program curriculum and other requirements are outlined in subsequent sections. The MS in GeoInformatics requires completing 33 (the Thesis Option) or 37 (the Exam Option) graduate credits within three semesters of full-time study (part-time study is also permitted). Classes vary in their structure from lecture to computer laboratory classes to seminars. Most classes provide hands-on computer experience.
Students are required to form a committee (discussed below) to review and approve their degree, and must choose courses from three groups:
(1) GeoInformatics and GIS core courses (19 credits);
(2) Elective courses in GeoInformatics and GIS or allied fields (e.g., Geography, Computer Science, Urban Planning, Geology, Economics, etc… 12 credits);
(3a) Thesis Option: Students complete an MS Thesis for which they receive a total of two credits
(3b) Exam Option: Students must pass an exam issued and graded by their committee, submit a research paper that is approved by their committee, and receive 6 credits in course work approved by their committee.
In addition to traditional courses, students will have the opportunity to participate in an active technology and research seminar series, field trips to local private and public sector GIS groups and research sites, as well as contribute to real-world GIS projects through internal and external mentorship programs. In particular, we are working on an internship model with Manhattan Borough President’s Office of New York City.