Comments about the program from our students:
Iman (Chief Cartographer/GIS Administrator, Mountainland Association, UT,
2016 Fall Graduate)
I feel that
all the classes offered in the MAS GIT program were extremely valuable in my
professional development. Each one provided a different aspect and
knowledge related to geospatial technologies that can be directly
translated into the workforce.
Overall my experience in the master’s GIT program has been
excellent. This program is geared towards the working
GIS professional to gain more GIT knowledge and skills.
This program provides the right balance to making
working full time and earning a master’s degree possible. All the
professors provided opportunities to learn, to grow, to be challenged, and
excel academically. My DSU experience will stay with me always and I am so
honored to be part of the GIT master’s program.
--Aaron Francois (GIS Technician, Waggoner Engineering, Inc.,
MS, 2016 Fall Graduate)
Most the classes were beneficial to my professional
development. Remote sensing and digital image processing introduced new
software and techniques that may be leveraged to advance my career. I
have enjoyed the experience in the MAS-GIT program. The variety of classes
offered and materials covered were beneficial to my overall growth as a
Smith (Program Manager, GIT Center, MS,
2016 Fall Graduate)
Sensing courses provide great advancement to help in my current job. The
online experience was fantastic for a professional out in the workforce.
Phillips (Geospatial Analyst, MS, 2016 Fall Graduate)
I really enjoyed the remote sensing, information extraction,
and image processing classes. These classes provided a lot great information.
The program itself is well planned. The majority of remote sensing and geospatial
core knowledge is taught in the classes. Various lab activities aid in
reinforcing lecture goals.
Mansell (GIT Technician Smith & Weiland Surveyors and Engineers, MS,
2016 Fall Graduate)
I felt that
all of the classes provided knowledge and skills that will be beneficial to my
professional development. With this being the first time I’ve really been
exposed to GIS, everything I learned in all of the classes was very valuable. I
had a great experience in the program. At times, I felt a little behind
but I was quickly given help when I didn’t understand some of the work. It
means a lot to have professors willing to help, especially when I didn’t have
any prior experience with GIS.
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.
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.
Corbitt (Physical Science Technician, USDA-ARS, MS, 2014 Fall Graduate)
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)
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
--Thomas Wilson (GIS Coordinator, Comal County, TX, 2014 Fall
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.
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