Geospatial Information Sciences (GEIS)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


The Master of Science in Geospatial Information Sciences Program program is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date education on geospatial technology, theory and applications. The courses cover spatial analysis, statistics, programming, databases, modeling, remote sensing, Web GIS, Mobile GIS, big data analytics, drones for data collection, and Open Source GIS.

Both MS degree (30 Credits) and Graduate Certificate (12 Credits) in GIS are offered.


This program does not offer funding at this time. Please refer to the  Graduate School Assistantship Information for educational, professional and financial opportunities.


Jack Ma
Director of Programs

2181F LeFrak Hall
7251 Preinkert Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301-405-3861

Kristen Halliday
Assistant Director, MS Programs 
LeFrak Hall
7251 Preinkert Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301-314-1883


Courses: GEOG




Type of Applicant Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents July 2, 2025 January 23, 2025
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants March 14, 2025 N/A


Program Website:
Admissions Information: 

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Graham Lain Graduate Teaching B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2008; M.A., Georgia State University, 2014; PhD, University of Central Florida, 2020 n/a, Geospatial Information Sciences
Ma Jianguo Full Member B.Eng., University of Science and Technology in Beijing, 1994; M.A., Peking University, 1997; Ph.D., Cornell University 2005 n/a, Geospatial Information Sciences
Director, Geospatial Information Science (with Nanjing Normal University)
Director, Geospatial Information Sciences
Resop Jonathan Full Member B.S., University of Maryland, 2004; B.S., University of Maryland, 2004; M.S., University of Maryland, 2006; Ph.D. Virginia Tech, 2010 Lecturer, Geospatial Information Science (with Nanjing Normal University)
Lecturer, Geospatial Information Sciences
University Affiliate, Geospatial Information Sciences
Senior Lecturer, Geospatial Information Sciences
Tao Xin Full Member B.S., Peking University, 2006; B.S., Peking University, 2006; M.E., Peking University, 2009; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2015 n/a, Geospatial Information Sciences