Geospatial Systems Engineering, MS

College of Science & Engineering

College of Science & Engineering

Geospatial Systems Engineering, M.S.

The Master of Science in Geospatial Systems Engineering will provide students with knowledge and skills focusing on the research, design, development, and use of technologies in geospatial surveying engineering. The program builds upon the ABET accredited undergraduate Geographic Information Science program (GISc) and the existing geographic information science concentration in the master’s program in computer science. The program satisfies the regional, state and national need for master’s-level graduates in geospatial systems design and surveying engineering. Due to the diversity of geospatial applications in industry, the 36 credit hour program is purposely designed to offer breadth in the course work.

Domestic Students:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
August 1 November 1 Not Offered Not Offered

International Students:

Fall       Spring         Summer I  Summer II 
July 15 October 15 Not Offered Not Offered

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Official GRE scores (Within five years of the date of application)
  • Essay including educational and professional goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Students must chose from the following tracks:

  • Track 1 Geosensing Systems and UAS for Geomatics
  • Track 2 Geospatial Data Science and Anaytics  

The student can chose either a project or a thesis option under their chosen track. 

1. Thesis Option

A Graduate Thesis based upon original research, supported by the scientific literature, and proved statistically, will be required under this option. The thesis option master’s degree will allow a person to pursue advanced graduate study, or to obtain employment in most areas requiring a detailed knowledge of specific aspects of geospatial systems engineering. The Geospatial Systems Engineering Graduate Thesis requires 9 hours of research and a formal publishable thesis. Students are required to register for for GSEN 5395 Graduate Project Research and Proposal to develop a proposal. After the proposal is accepted by the committee, students must enroll in a minimum of 6 hours of GSEN 5998 Graduate Thesis. Additionally, in the semester of intended graduation, students must enroll in an additional 3 hours of GSEN 5998 Graduate Thesis and must schedule a presentation of their thesis to the advisory committee, which may include an oral examination of the graduate research and thesis.

Graduate Project Research and Proposal (GSEN 5395) and Graduate Thesis (GSEN 5998) (Total 12 hours)

Thesis Option Track 1 or 2
Core Courses

 12 sem. hrs.         

 
Electives (approved by faculty advisor) 12 sem. hrs.  
Graduate Research Design 3 sem. hrs. GSEN 5395
Graduate Thesis 9 sem. hrs. GSEN 5998
TOTAL THESIS HOURS: 36  
 

2. Project Option:

The project option is a Graduate Creative Project designed for students who desire a more detailed study into a specific geospatial systems engineering project. The curriculum will especially benefit individuals employed in scientific or technical fields who seek advancement or additional training to enhance their knowledge and skills. Graduate Creative Project students must complete a professional research project with a written final report and seminar. The Graduate Creative Project requires 3 hours of research and a formal publishable project report. Students are required to register for Graduate Project Research and Proposal (GSEN 5395) to develop a proposal for Graduate Creative Project. After completion of all other requirements for the MS degree in GSEN, students must schedule a presentation of their project to the advisory committee, which may include an oral examination of the graduate research and Graduate Creative Project.

Graduate Project Research and Proposal (GSEN 5395) and Graduate Creative Project (GSEN 5993) (Total 6 hours)

Project Option Track 1 or 2
Core Courses

 12 sem. hrs.         

 
Electives (approved by faculty advisor) 18 sem. hrs.  
Graduate Research Design 3 sem. hrs. GSEN 5395
Graduate Creative Project 3 sem. hrs. GSEN 5993
TOTAL PROJECT HOURS: 36  

Required Core Courses

All Geospatial Systems Engineering Track 1, Geosensing Systems and UAS for Geomatics, students must complete the following Core Courses:

GSEN 6370 - UAS for Surveying and Mapping 

GSEN 6371 - Geopositioning Systems and Autonomous Navigation 

GSEN 6385 - Photogrammetric Engineering and Lidar Scanning 

GSEN 6386 - Remote Sensing and Image Analysis 

All Geospatial Systems Engineering Track 2, Geospatial Data Science and Analytics, students must complete the following Core Courses:

GSEN 6365 - Spatial Database Design 

GSEN 6367 - Geospatial Data Mining 

GSEN 6383 - Advanced Geospatial Analytics 

GSEN 6384 - Geospatial Visualization Design 

 

Elective Courses

Thesis option students must complete 12 semester hours and project option students must complete 18 semester hours from the courses listed below or from other interdisciplinary courses, as selected in consultation with their advisory committee, to provide a broad background in geospatial systems engineering or related fields:

Geospatial Systems Engineering Electives

Track 1: Geosensing Systems and UAS for Geomatics
  • GSEN 6330 - Spatial Systems Science 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6355 - Geospatial Programming Techniques 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6356 - Programming for Geospatial Data Science 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6365 - Spatial Database Design 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6367 - Geospatial Data Mining 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6380 - Applied Geospatial Statistics 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6381 - Cadastral Information Systems Design 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6382 - Policy and Legal Aspects of Spatial information Systems 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6383 - Advanced Geospatial Analytics 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6384 - Geospatial Visualization Design 3 sem. hrs.
Track 2: Geospatial Data Science and Analytics
  • GSEN 6330 - Spatial Systems Science 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6355 - Geospatial Programming Techniques 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6356 - Programming for Geospatial Data Science 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6370 - UAS for Surveying and Mapping 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6371 - Geopositioning Systems and Autonomous Navigation 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6380 - Applied Geospatial Statistics 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6381 - Cadastral Information Systems Design 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6382 - Policy and Legal Aspects of Spatial information Systems 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6385 - Photogrammetric Engineering and Lidar Scanning 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6386 - Remote Sensing and Image Analysis 3 sem. hrs.
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.
Teaching Assistantships, graduate research assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships may be available to graduate students admitted as degree-seeking students who maintain full time graduate student status (9 hours/fall and spring semesters, and 3 hours/summer). The completed Teaching Assistant Application (https://sci.tamucc.edu/student-information/graduate-funding.html) and all other materials requested for evaluation should be submitted to the office indicated on that form. For full consideration, the deadline for submitting applications is February 1 for the following academic year. Faculty members conducting funded research projects often hire qualified graduate students as Research Assistants. Students should contact faculty members in their field of interest for information on these opportunities. Summer funding (3 mos.) is the responsibility of major advisor and/or student, and should be discussed early in the academic year.

Additional Information

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Huang (Lucy) Yuxia

6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5868
Office: 361-825-2646
lucy.huang@tamucc.edu