Gallogly College of Engineering

Mewbourne College Of Earth And Energy

College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences

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Program Overview

The online M.S. in Geospatial Technology* is a 33-credit program that can be completed in as little as 21 months. This advanced degree prepares students to leverage new technologies to support governmental, environmental, business, and societal decision-making affecting the future of our planet.

Online MS in Sustainable Architecture

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Admissions Requirements

To apply to the online Master of Science in Geospatial Technology program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college of university (or the international equivalent). Admissions will occur on a rolling basis and is at the discretion of the admissions committee. Transfer credits will be accepted at the discretion of the admissions committee.

Submit an official transcript from your undergraduate institution and any graduate institution you have attended.

Submit resume: Include professionally formatted documentation of your past education and work experience.
Write and submit a personal statement that includes short responses:
  1. Why does the Geospatial Technologies degree interest you and what do you hope to accomplish by obtaining the degree?
  2. What are your top three educational goals while in the Geospatial Technologies degree?
  3. Going forward, what are your career goals and how will the program help achieve them?
Applicants must submit at least one of the following, but are encouraged to submit more:
  1. GRE Score (waivers may be available for students with industry experience)
  2. Reference letter
  3. Written paper or report from the past three years
  4. Portfolio of past GIS work (if applicable)


Earn an online M.S. in Geospatial Technology at the University of Oklahoma. Our interdisciplinary faculty ensures practical skills aligned with current trends and employer needs for immediate career application.

Program Courses

Required Courses

This course is designed to help students learn introductory to intermediate concepts of geographic information science and become proficient users of geographic information systems. The course covers a variety of topics but focuses on GIS data models, data structures, and spatial analysis.
This course introduces students to methods of collecting, organizing, and describing data, focusing specifically on environmental and geographical applications. Students also learn basic concepts of probability and statistical inference. The overall objective is to develop an understanding of statistical literacy as it is applied to geographical and sustainability related issues.
An overview of political activities at the local, state, and federal levels that will enhance the professional development of school administrators. Issues addressed include micro-politics at the school site and district offices; superintendent and school board relations; lobbying legislators and dealing with interest groups; the state political process, federal aid; and analysis of current political controversies.
The goal of this course is for the students to develop both basic computer science and information management literacy as it pertains to GIS. Additionally, students will learn how to capture, create, validate and maintain spatial data for use in GIS. Students will become familiar with federal, local, and private online GIS data repositories, and will learn to navigate these as reputable data sources for future GIS work.
This course is an introduction to the theory and interpretation of remote sensing imagery, with emphasis on photographic, multi-spectral, thermal, and microwave remote sensing systems. Imagery from aircraft, satellite and low-altitude platforms will be used to illustrate geographic and environmental applications of remote sensing.
This course is designed to help students learn intermediate and advanced concepts of geographic information science related to a variety of socio-economic and environmental fields. Course topics may include: landscape ecology and metrics; suitability modeling; binary and ranking index models; routing and network analysis; and other topics applicable to social or environmental fields.
This course introduces students to geocomputation concepts, spatial programming skills, and computational approaches to spatial data services and spatial problem solving.
This course provides a comprehensive background on the practice of GIS in geographic and environmental research. Students learn about current issues while exploring employment opportunities in GIS-related fields and practicing formal research presentations. They also learn how to formulate a research proposal, including literature review, methodology, and consideration of ethics.
This course will explain and demonstrate methods and techniques in spatial sampling, spatial auto-correlation, and spatial composition. It also delves into spatially- adjusted regression, local statistics, geo-statistics, and related techniques. Theoretical explanations and derivations as well as practical applications will be presented in the class.
This course expands and solidifies the GIS knowledge acquired in introductory and applied GIS classes. It focuses on highly complex spatial questions which cannot be solved in simple steps but instead require advanced GIS analysis and automation.
This course presents digital image processing techniques and applies these techniques to a variety of optical and microwave datasets. It focuses on the application of satellite data in environmental and socio-economic analysis.
Legal framework of education in the United States; consideration of federal and state constitutional provisions, federal and state statutes, federal and state judicial decisions and rules and regulations of the various federal and state agencies which affect education.
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