M.S. in Applied Geospatial Sciences (AGS)

Curriculum

The master of science in applied geospatial sciences at Elmhurst requires the successful completion of 10 courses for a total of 7.50 credits (30 semester hours).

The program also fulfills the educational requirements of the GISP (certified GIS professional). Curriculum will develop geospatial skill sets in correlation with the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Geospatial Technologies Center of Excellence (Geo Tech Center).

AGS 500 may be waived, per the program director's discretion, for the following students:

  • Individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree in geography, geospatial technologies or geographic information systems
  • Individuals with professional experience in the geospatial industry
  • Graduates of the Elmhurst College Online GIS Certificate Program
The master of science in applied geospatial sciences at Elmhurst requires the successful completion of 10 courses for a total of 7.50 credits (30 semester hours).
Required Courses
AGS 500 Fundamentals of Geospatial Technologies
AGS 510 Remote Sensing Technologies
AGS 520 Geospatial Programming
AGS 530 Principles of Geodatabases 
AGS 540 Spatial Analysis and Web Mapping
AGS 550 Advanced Spatial Analysis
AGS 560 Graduate Internship Experience
AGS 580 E-Portfolio and Research Symposium
AGS 600 Geospatial Thesis
MBA 509 Project Management -OR- MPH 535 GIS in Healthcare
Program Format
The master of science in applied geospatial sciences can be completed in two years. Offered through the Elmhurst College Online Center, the program is fully online through eight-week sessions, so classes are flexible enough to accommodate the schedules of professionals with work and family commitments.
Dedicated GIS Server
Students in Elmhurst’s AGS program may access the ESRI ArcGIS Desktop version 10.x software with all extensions simply by logging in to the dedicated GIS server from any computer, including a Mac, with Internet access and Remote Desktop Connection Client. The server does the high-end processing so students do not require a robust computer to experience high performance. Elmhurst is one of only a handful of colleges in the country—and one of a very few liberal-arts-based institutions—with this unique and distinctive access.
Graduation Requirements 
At the time of graduation, all students in the master’s program or graduate certificate program in AGS must be a member of at least one professional organization related to geospatial technologies. Acceptable organizations include state- or regional-users groups or a national organization such as URISA. All students in the program must also present their research, at a minimum, to one local, regional or national venue.

Required Courses

  • AGS 500 Fundamentals of Geospatial Technologies
  • AGS 510 Remote Sensing Technologies
  • AGS 520 Geospatial Programming
  • AGS 530 Principles of Geodatabases
  • AGS 540 Spatial Analysis and Web Mapping
  • AGS 550 Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • AGS 560 Graduate Internship Experience
  • AGS 580 E-Portfolio and Research Symposium
  • AGS 600 Geospatial Thesis
  • MBA 509 Project Management OR MPH 535 GIS in Healthcare

Program Format
The master of science in applied geospatial sciences can be completed in two years. Offered through the Elmhurst College Online Center, the program is fully online through eight-week sessions, so classes are flexible enough to accommodate the schedules of professionals with work and family commitments.

Dedicated GIS Server
Students in Elmhurst’s AGS program may access the ESRI ArcGIS Desktop version 10.x software with all extensions simply by logging in to the dedicated GIS server from any computer, including a Mac, with Internet access and Remote Desktop Connection Client. The server does the high-end processing so students do not require a robust computer to experience high performance. Elmhurst is one of only a handful of colleges in the country—and one of a very few liberal-arts-based institutions—with this unique and distinctive access.

Graduation Requirements 
At the time of graduation, all students in the master’s program or graduate certificate program in AGS must be a member of at least one professional organization related to geospatial technologies. Acceptable organizations include state- or regional-users groups or a national organization such as URISA. All students in the program must also present their research, at a minimum, to one local, regional or national venue.

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