The University of Missouri (Mizzou) department of geography was awarded $250,000 to develop an online GEOINT certificate program. This online program will allow access to Mizzou’s GEOINT curriculum for those who cannot attend classes on campus.
After proposing a plan of action to the Mizzou administration last year, the geography department received funding earlier this month for the online program, which is set to launch in the fall 2013 semester. The new online GEOINT certificate program will coincide with Mizzou’s traditional GEOINTcertificate program, which is accredited by USGIF and has been in place since 2008.
The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is now accepting applications for its 2013 Scholarship Program. The Foundation is dedicated to helping students succeed within the field of geospatial sciences with its scholarship program, which in turn helps further the advancement of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft. Students interested in the geospatial intelligence field are encouraged to submit their application before the April 19 deadline. Applications can be downloaded at USGIF's scholarship page.
The University of Mary Washington is implementing a graduate degree in geography in 2014.
In the fall of 2014 the geography department will have a new master degree program in geospatial analysis, making it the first new graduate program in the last 10 years.
The program, aimed at making its graduates better prepared for the job market, was originally submitted by Brian Rizzo, geography professor and director of the Geographic Information Science program, for state approval during the fall of 2012.
The program is designed to accommodate 18 students each semester and will require a total of 30 credit hours.
Geography professors Rizzo, Stephen Hanna, and Jacqueline Gallagher will make up the faculty.
Currently, George Mason University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute are the only other universities in the Commonwealth that offer similar programs.
The geography department currently offers a Certificate in Geographic Information Science. It was implemented during the 2007-2008 academic year, and 197 enrolled in the program during the 2011-2012 session. The certificate requires 18 course hours and is similar to a minor.