Department of Biological Sciences

Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies

The Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies (MAS-GIT) program is a designated  “Signature Program” at Delta State University. Geospatial information technologies are innovative approaches that government agencies, private businesses and non-profit organizations increasingly employ to understand problems and make informed decisions. The Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies pool their academic and professional resources and expertise in remote sensing and GIS to offer this graduate program.

The MAS-GIT is 16-month online degree program that offers advanced coursework, practicum, and independent research opportunities in the application of geospatial science and technologies. Online delivery of coursework offers students the flexibility needed for advancing their career without interrupting current work duties. Resources are also available on campus for student access. Balanced course study and practical learning experience engage students in applying spatial analysis tools to solve a wide range of contemporary problems in urban and regional planning, natural resources, environment, ecology, economy, and business.

No out-of-state fees are required.

Program of Study

The Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies degree offers education and practice of geospatial information science, advanced geospatial analysis, remote sensing, digital image processing and information extraction, photogrammetry, computer programing and innovative research.

Program Objectives

The MAS-GIT program is designed to meet the needs of students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds (e.g., biological and physical sciences, environmental management, computer information systems, social sciences, interdisciplinary studies) who have completed an undergraduate degree and seek advanced academic training in geospatial information technologies.

The program focuses on state-of-the-art geospatial science and technologies that practitioners in geospatial fields seek. The program combines a professional orientation with an academic foundation by requiring both course work and practicum. Students are provided with research opportunities to solve and document real world geospatial problems. The program prepares students for entering professions and advancing careers in government, private industry, and academic research in geospatial fields.


Full admission to the MAS-GIT program may be granted to the applicant who:

  1. Meets all requirements for admission to The Graduate School.
  2. a. Has earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a related discipline (e.g., geography, biological and physical sciences, earth science, meteorology, ecology, environmental sciences, forestry, computer information systems, social sciences, interdisciplinary studies).
    b. Applicants may be considered for admission to the program if they have earned a baccalaureate degree in other disciplines from an accredited institution and have at least three years of successful relevant experience supported by three letters of recommendation from practitioners in the field.
  3. Has earned GPA 2.75 or higher on all undergraduate coursework for full admission. GPA between 2.5 and 2.75 may be considered for provisional admission.
  4. Candidates for admission must submit a written 1-2 page statement describing why they wish to enter the program and how the program can lead to career success.
  5. Two letters of reference to support the application.

Application Deadline: Application and all supporting materials are accepted for admission by August 1. Late applications between August 1 and August 15 will be up to the admission committee’s decision for consideration of Fall enrollment.

Program details

To learn more about how geospatial information technologies are applied in various fields (urban and regional planning, natural resources, environment, ecology, economy, and business etc.), please visit the MAS-GIT information page. For a complete description of the program and course of study, please read the MAS-GIT brochure.

Application procedure

  1. Visit the DSU Graduate School and follow the instructions there for submitting your application.
  2. Submit all your official transcripts to Graduate School. The mailing address is as shown on Graduate School’s webpage
  3. Submit a written statement describing why you wish to enter the program and how the program can lead to your career success.
  4. Arrange two reference letters for the application.

Please send the written statement and two reference letters directly to the program coordinator Dr. Yongqin Zhang (

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Coordinator:

Dr. Yongqin Zhang
Assistant Professor and the Graduate Coordinator of
Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies
Department of Biological Sciences
Delta State University
Cleveland, MS 38733
Walters Hall 116B
Tel: 662-846-4251