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The GEOINT program 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.

Our 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 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.

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GEOINT at Mason?

Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) uses a wealth of datasets to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features (both natural and constructed) and human activity. We offer a MS degree in Geoinformatics and Geointelligence anda Graduate certificate in Geospatial Intelligence preparing our students  with the necessary skills to pursue careers in the federal workforce, intelligence community, and beyond.


Our graduates are successful because they develop the most in-demand skills, gain access to GEOINT leaders in the heart of the GEOINT community that is Northern Virginia. The success of our graduates provides the evidence.

  • Mason MS and GEOINT Graduate Certificate alumni have ###% jobs
  • Recent graduates are full-time employed at: NGA, CIA, DOD, USGS, In-Q-Tel,ESRI, Maxar (Digital Globe), Mapbox, Leidos, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, Fairfax County Government, and many other companies in the DC area.


  • Demand for Geographers and GIS Specialists is surging! 
  • Specialized skills are Geographic Information System (GIS), Information Systems, Python, SQL, Remote Sensing and Geospatial Intelligence.
  • Highest salaries in sub-specialization is Security/Defense Intelligence Analyst.

Source: Labor Insight Jobs (Burning Glass Technologies)

Contemporary GEOINT Offering at Mason

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  • Remote sensing with drones
  • Geocomputation, geospatial data analysis 
  • GEOINT Design
  • Data integration strategy and methods


  • Geospatial Data Scientist
  • Intelligence officer
  • Analytic Methodologist
  • GIS Developer
  • Imagery Analyst
  • Imagery Scientist


The following is a list of faculty performing research in areas related to GEOINT.

  • Taylor Anderson - agent based modeling, urban science
  • Liping Di – machine learning, remote sensing for agriculture, agro informatics
  • Paul Houser – hydrometeorology, hydro climatology, remote sensing
  • Timothy F. Leslie- spatial statistics, urban-economic development, health geography
  • Dieter Pfoser – spatiotemporal databases, routing algorithms, trajectory mining, urban analytics
  • Edward Oughton - geo information science, statistics and modeling
  • John Qu – remote sensing, climate and environmental science
  • Matt Rice – cartography, geospatial crowdsourcing
  • Donglian Sun – remote sensing, flood mapping and prediction
  • David Wong – spatial statistics, population geography
  • Chaowei (Phil) Yang - spatiotemporal Innovation (Big Data, Cloud Computing, Visualization, AI and Analytics) and Physical Sciences (Climate, Planetary Science, Ocean, and Polar Sciences)
  • Ruixin Yang – scientific data mining, climate changes, hurricane modeling
  • Konrad Wessels – remote sensing, LiDAR, biomass estimation, terrestrial ecosystem process modelling