Division of Mathematics & 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 Division of Mathematics & 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 Objectives

The MAS-GIT degree program 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. The 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.

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.

How to Apply

  1. Visit the DSU Graduate School and follow the instructions there for submitting your application.
  2. Submit all your official transcripts to Graduate School. You can submit via e-transcript or via mail. The mailing address is as shown on Graduate School’s webpage.

Please send or arrange all the documents listed above being sent to the Graduate School.


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.

Pathway 1: For students with GIT undergraduate degree or equivalent introductory graduate classes, or 5 years professional experience in the field.

GIS Core Courses – 18 hours                                                       

REM 616: Applied Remote Sensing
REM 617: Image Analysis and Info. Extraction
REM 610: Advanced GIS and Applications
REM 631: Digital Photogrammetry
REM 691: GIS Capstone I
REM 692: GIS Capstone II
REM 693: GIS Capstone III

Electives in GIS OR in advisor-approved related discipline(s) – 12 hours

GIS 570: Programming GIS
GIS 580: Internet GIS and Spatial Database
GIS 640: GIT for Disaster and Emergency Management
GIS 642: Environmental Applications for GIT

Total hours for degree – 30


Pathway 2: For students who do not have an undergraduate GIT degree or professional experience in the field.

 Introductory Courses – 6 hours                                                 

GIS 512: Principles of GIS
GIS 514: Geostatistics and Spatial Analysis

 GIS Core Courses – 18 hours (see Pathway 1 above)

Electives in GIS – 6 hours

GIS 570: Programming GIS
GIS 580: Internet GIS and Spatial Database
GIS 640: GIT for Disaster and Emergency Management
GIS 642: Environmental Applications for GIT

Total hours for degree – 30

Degree Requirements

A candidate for the Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies is required to meet the following:

  1. Fulfill general requirements for a graduate degree at Delta State University.
  2. Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit consisting of 24 hours of required courses and 6 hours of approved electives.
  3. A student who receives a grade of D or F or who acquires two grades of C will be removed from the graduate program.
  4. Earn an overall GPA of at least 3.0.

Student Responsibility. The graduate student must accept full responsibility for knowing and following the policies and regulations of DSU graduate programs, as well as requirements specific to the degree program.


Program Coordinator

Dr. Yongqin Zhang
P: (662) 846-4251
F: (662) 846-4798

Address and Mailing

Mathematics & Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences
DSU Box C-4 Walters 116B
Cleveland, MS 38733