2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Jul 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Geospatial Intelligence Certificate

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus


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Program Coordinator/Contact

Bob Watrel, Department Head
Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences
109 Wecota Hall
605-688-4511

Program Information

Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) is a broad field that encompasses the intersection of geospatial data with social, political, environmental, and numerous other factors. Geospatial Intelligence refers to the use of geospatial technologies to extract information for decision advantage in humanitarian response, strategic defense, security or investigative analysis. The Geospatial Intelligence Certificate focuses on geospatial techniques (GIS, remote sensing, data management, etc.) and analytical courses to provide students with foundational knowledge for success in the GEOINT community. This certificate is open to all students with an interest in a credential for working in national security, emergency management, or public safety careers.

Course Delivery Format

Coursework for the program is delivered in multiple formats including face-to-face lecture and online courses.

Student Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the certificate in Geospatial Intelligence, students will:

  • Understand basic concepts, components, structures, and functionalities of geographic information science (GISc).
  • Use common GISc techniques to collect, analyze, process, and present spatial or geographical data.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in solving geospatial problems.
  • Communicate and present geographic data, theories, philosophies, and concepts in oral, written, and visual forms with ethical engagement and respect for the diversity of individuals, groups, and cultures.

Additional Admission Requirements


TOEFL: 71 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 7.5
IELTS: 6.0
Duolingo: 100

Please refer to the following for additional information: Graduate School Admissions

Additional Information


Students enrolled in SDSU certificate programs are not eligible for federal student financial aid. The non-federal alternative loan programs may be used for students meeting the lender criteria as found at www.sdstate.edu (search alternative loans). For further information, please contact the SDSU financial aid office at 605-688-4695 or finaid@sdstate.edu.