Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies (MAS-GIT)
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
practicum, and independent research opportunities in the application of
geospatial science and technologies. Online delivery of
students the flexibility needed for advancing their career without
current work duties. Resources are also available on campus for
access. Balanced course study and practical learning experience
students in applying spatial analysis tools to solve a wide range of
contemporary problems in urban and regional planning, natural
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
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.
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)
--Jared Delora (Geospatial Analyst, Utah Mountainland Association of Govemments, UT, 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!!!
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.