Geospatial Intelligence Analytics (GEOINT)

Apply geographic information science to intelligence analysis.

Year Round
15 Credits
~1 Year
$950 per credit hour

Program Overview

Our Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Analytics is designed for geospatial intelligence professionals with experience in geographic information systems and remote sensing. The program promotes sound theory, methodologies, techniques, ethics, and best practices in the professional application of geospatial intelligence. The 15-credit curriculum integrates the geospatial information science and intelligence disciplines. The program is also well-suited for the geospatial intelligence professional serving outside the continental US.

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Spatial Analysis

Apply geographic analysis tools, methods, and techniques to produce geospatial intelligence for applications in national security, disaster response, environmental resource preservation, and other industry scenarios.


Learn about the relationships between culture and civil security and the process of geographically analyzing social, political, economic, and demographic information to understand human history, institutions, and behaviors.

Image Analysis

Leverage object-based image analysis methods, automate feature extraction techniques, assess accuracy, process imagery from a variety of common sources, and apply image analysis to real-world applications.

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Problem Solving

Combine spatial thinking, information literacy, and geospatial technology skills with knowledge of cultural and political geography to solve complicated problems in a variety of intelligence fields. 

Prepared for the Future

Graduates of this program will have a strong foundation in geospatial intelligence and its many applications in a variety of fields. Many students continue their studies in one of our online master’s degree programs.

USGIF Accreditation
Penn State’s GEOINT certificates are fully accredited by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). USGIF’s accreditation program was established in 2005 to encourage higher education institutions to develop academic certificates that prepare students to advance the geospatial intelligence field. When you earn a GEOINT certificate from Penn State, you will also receive a certificate from the USGIF.

The Geospatial Intelligence program is academic partners with:

USGIF IALEIA International Association for Intelligence Education Defense Surveyors Association


The Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Analytics is a 15-credit, fully online certificate program. Credits earned in the certificate can be applied toward the Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security, the Master of GIS, or the Master of Science in Spatial Data Science degree programs.

The typical student course load is one course per 10-week session. At that pace, students can complete the certificate in approximately one year. Time off can be taken between courses if necessary.

GEOG 571 Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security Fall 1, 2022 ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Story Maps, Google MyMaps, Portal for ArcGIS
GEOG 884 GIS for the Geospatial Intelligence Professional Fall 1, 2022 ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, CARTO, GeoDa, QGIS
GEOG 883 Remote Sensing Image Analysis and Applications Fall 1, 2022 Amazon Web Services, ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, eCognition Developer
GEOG 885 Advanced Analytic Methods in Geospatial Intelligence Fall 1, 2022 ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, Google Maps, QGIS

Each of these courses is worth 3 credits. 

With mentorship from a faculty advisor, students complete a hands-on project using GIS and/or remote sensing tools and techniques to demonstrate analytic skills, high-level writing competency, and the ability to identify and investigate a real-world problem from a geospatial intelligence perspective.

GEOG 594A Culminating Experiences in Geospatial Intelligence Fall 1, 2022 Varies
GEOG 594B Geospatial Intelligence Capstone Experience Fall 2, 2022 Varies

Note that Geography 594A is 1 credit and Geography 594B is 2 credits.

Ready to advance your skills in Geospatial Intelligence Analysis?