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Delta State University Academics College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biological Sciences MAS-GIT

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   Join the MAS-GIT program at Delta State University --A route to professional advancement and SUCCESS!

         The Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies (MAS-GIT) program was launched in fall 2011 and it is proved to be a very successful program.  Delta State University identified the MAS-GIT program as the "Signature" program of the university.

        The MAS-GIT program is homed at the Department of Biological Sciences.  It is an 16-month fully online program. This master degree program 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.

          To apply for the program, please visit the MAS-GIT website,
          To learn about our students, read the News and Graduation information
        To know more about student research work and projects, read the Research:

          See comments from some of our students about the program below:

Comments about the program from our students:

--Blake Davis (Project Scientist/GIS Analyst II, Alliance Consultants in Beckley, WV, 2015 Fall Graduate)

All of the class was enjoyable and challenging. I truly enjoy a challenge and Dr. Zhang challenged me throughout the program. Because she fosters this kind of environment, I learned more than I would have if I was given a manual and taught to point and click. She designs her courses so that the basic information is provided and also shows us where to find answers when we have questions. I have attended three different universities and from my experience, knowing where to find answers is half the battle in the real world. She fosters this environment and prepares us for going out into the real world to perform these tasks. In addition, she teaches us how to teach ourselves when we leave the university setting.


I feel that Dr. Zhang delivers an excellent background and prepares us to learn on our own. This is an important skill to teach students because when they leave the university setting, the "support network" is drastically decreased and it is important to know where the essential resources are to survive employment in the real world. I feel that a strong base is provided and we are taught how to find information to answer the "devil in the details" of all tasks.

--Adrien Roth (GIS Analyst,  Vantage Energy, Denver, CO, 2014 Fall Graduate)

I'm happy with the MAS-GIT program; I came in with a bit of GIT experience, but I have still learned a lot in just a few weeks time in the first semester.

--Richard Calkins (GIS Manager, City of Fort Myers Florida, FL, 2014 Fall Graduate)

All the classes in the MAS-GIT program were helpful and relevant. The plethora of data available with satellite remote sensing is unique and not something I had encountered in my previous study or work. I found it very insightful and can now consider its applications in my work related projects. I appreciate the approach to the capstone project being as much about project and time management as it is about the material, it helped make me feel like I was progressing towards the end.

The MAS-GIT program through Delta State University is excellent in both content, comprehensiveness, and value. The program is rooted in core GIT theory which is required knowledge to advance into management or administration of GIS. Remote sensing and photogrammetry is something not all undergraduate programs cover so it is nice to see this option. As GIS/T migrates more to web based technologies, it is great that the program migrate the course offerings to that arena as well. 

 --Jason Corbitt (Physical Science Technician, USDA-ARS, MS, 2014 Fall Graduate)

 It was a great experience studying in the program.  The program was very intense at times, but I‘m confident that I have an excellent foundation to enter the geospatial field whether government, private industry, or academic research.  Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing had the most impact at my current place of employment. I think the list of courses offered suffice for anyone pursuing a degree in GIS. The courses were great. All the professors were knowledgeable and always willing to assist.  Each course touches on every aspect of geospatial information science.  I hope that Delta State ensures the program will continue for future students.  I really appreciate the concern that Dr. Zhang has for "us" the students.  For me, when I see that the professors have genuine interest in our well-being and want to hear our voices and opinions,  it speaks volumes about the program. Thanks!!!

--Jared Delora (Geospatial Analyst, Utah Mountainland Association of Govemments, UT, 2014 Fall Graduate)

I’m definitely glad I did the program. Everything started from a beginner level and increased in difficulty at a reasonable pace. I didn’t know anything about GIS or remote sensing when I started, but I gained a lot of knowledge and interest with the program. I believe the degree will be very beneficial in helping me move in a new direction and advance my career. All of the classes were beneficial. I really enjoyed the remote sensing classes. I think adding some CAD or Python classes would be good. Everything I am applying for wants one or the other.

--Thomas Wilson (GIS Coordinator, Comal County, TX, 2014 Fall Graduate)

Overall, my experience was wonderful and I would definitely recommend the program to other people looking to further their learning in the GIT field.

At first I was apprehensive about participating in an online Master's program, having had bad experiences with online classes during my undergrad.  However, online technology has progressed quite a bit since then.  The communication between student and instructor was fantastic, and the way that the program was structured made it easy to do online learning.  Having a central location to get the recorded lectures and lab information, along with the ability to communicate freely with other students, made all the difference.

One of the things that helped me out the most is the amount of writing that we had to do.  Although I'm not a big fan of writing, I understand how it will help me tremendously going forward.  I've also gained a better understanding of Remote Sensing and see how the same techniques can be used within GIS.  In reality, there is not really a line at which GIS ends and Remote Sensing begins.  Unfortunately, the two sciences were not taught in this manner during my undergrad.  In this master program, taking GIS and Remote Sensing classes simultaneously, and relating the two, enabled me to gain a better understanding of both.

--Claire Brown  (Image Analyst, United States Air Force, MS, 2014 Fall Graduate)

I had a good experience with the program. The classes that benefitted me the most were the Remote Sensing, GIS 1, GIS 2 classes. The teachers were very helpful, accommodating, and understanding when it came to assignments and timelines.


--Jeffrey Ellis (Geo-Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineer, MS, 2013 Fall Graduate) 

My overall experience in the MAS-GIT program was a very knowledgeable experience which took hard work and dedication. All classes that I took provided beneficial knowledge and skills for my professional development.  

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For questions, suggestions and how to get in the program, contact the program coordinator Dr. Yongqin Zhang by email or phone 662-846-4251.