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Degree Programs

Geomatics Graduate Programs

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs are offered within the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) to enhance a student’s capabilities in developing in their respective technical and professional areas.

The Master’s student is expected to provide technical leadership to surveying and mapping organizations. Research for a Master’s degree usually consists of developing a state of the art application in any area of the student’s choice: natural sciences, earth sciences, planning, land administration, or professional surveying and mapping. Upon completion of the program, they should be able to demonstrate abilities at the “cutting edge” of knowledge within their chosen discipline.

Doctorate students develop a higher level of advancement in the Geomatics knowledge base. They develop new and/or expand the horizons in the science of Geomatics with their investigation into this field using innovative research.

Master of Science Options

Concentration in Geomatics or
Geographic Information Sciences
(Thesis and Non-Thesis)

The aim of a Master’s program is to take a person who has completed a basic four-year degree into mastery of the technical aspects of Geomatics. While a baccalaureate degree prepares for entry into a career in the working discipline, a person who has completed this Master’s program will be able to demonstrate abilities at the “cutting edge” of knowledge in spatial data analysis theory and application. Within the GIS Master’s degree program, the student may specialize in a chosen area of application while taking a core group of technical courses in remote sensing, mapping, geodetic coordinate systems, GPS, database technology, and cadastral mapping. Research usually consists of developing a state-of-the-art application in any area of the student’s choice: natural sciences, earth sciences, planning, land administration, or professional surveying and mapping.

Students can participate in a Master of Science degree program as either a thesis or non-thesis student. The graduate admission requirements are the same for either option.

Online Degree Option

The online non-thesis Master of Science degree was approved in the fall of 2011. An article in the 2013 Professional Surveyor Red Pages outlines the program benefits highlighted by in-state tuition for students residing outside the state of Florida.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Options

Concentration in Geomatics or
Geographic Information Sciences

In a PhD program, the student not only receives a broad basic exposure and mastery of current knowledge, but demonstrates the ability to expand knowledge horizons. The PhD student in this program learns how to develop new knowledge in spatial data analysis science and application. In this program, the student may specialize in one of many areas, such as image processing/remote sensing, digital mapping, geodesy, satellite positioning, database technology and land administration. Research usually involves developing innovative additions to the state of the art in the chosen area.

Non-Degree Options

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Most courses, both undergraduate and graduate, can be taken as non-degree seeking. Non-degree seeking simply means taking a course without seeking a degree. Students using this option might want to expand their knowledge on a particular subject without formally committing to a degree program. Or they might not meet the criteria for formal application into a degree program, but would like to take one or two classes as a non-degree student while working on the necessary application materials for admission into either a MS or PhD degree Geomatics Graduate Program.

Geospatial Analysis Certificate
(Graduate Level Courses)

The Geospatial Analysis certificate is designed for graduate students who want to expand their knowledge and skills related to spatial data analysis, remote sensing, image analysis, and geostatistics without committing to a formal degree program or as part of ongoing graduate level degree. Certificate courses can be transferred towards the master degree program if the student is admitted at a later time. The certificate requires a total of 9 credit hours comprised of 3 courses.

Graduate Admissions