Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
The USC online Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT certificate) provides state-of-the-art education and training in the scientific concepts, analytical methods and key core geospatial technologies used to address issues of human security worldwide, including natural disasters, humanitarian crises, environmental risks, military operations, terrorist attacks, genocide, political violence, public health issues and food/resource accessibility challenges.
In 16 graduate units, you can gain the knowledge and practical skills to inform effective decision making related to “TCPED”: the tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination of human security risk geospatial data.
As a full-time student, you can complete this certificate in two semesters. This program operates continually throughout the year in fall, spring, and summer semesters. All USC GEOINT graduate certificate units apply towards the USC online M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) degree, making the GEOINT certificate a viable “stepping stone” towards a USC GIST master’s degree.
This graduate certificate is for anyone who desires to work in or who already is working in GEOINT fields, such as disaster response, environmental change, business or national security. This certificate is especially relevant to individuals in:
- Military geospatial units and those working in signals intelligence (SIGINT), imagery and targeting and Battle Damage Assessment (BDA)
- Domestic and international humanitarian agencies and NGOs working within geopolitical areas assessing and forecasting potential conflicts
- First-response on local, regional, state, federal and international levels
- Disaster relief agencies and organizations, including charitable ones such as the International Red Cross or Catholic Relief Services
- Defense contracting firms
- Land-change sciences and assessment of changes in earth conditions (drought impact, fire, insect damage, coastal/marine conditions, tsunami impact, hurricane impact elevation changes)
- Federal agencies such as the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of State, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense
This certificate also is relevant for those who use or need to know:
- Geospatial Intelligence Preparation of Environment (GPE) methodology and Structured Geospatial Analytic Method (SGAM)
- Geospatial technologies such as GIS, GPS, photogrammetry, remote sensing and senor networks for intelligence problem-solving
- Those who work with or develop “big data” sets used by the individuals identified above