The Master of Science in Spatial Informatics is a ground-breaking cross-disciplinary, joint degree program offered by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
Why Spatial Informatics?
Geospatial data accessibility, spatial decision support systems, and geospatial problem solving environments are revolutionizing all industries and disciplines, including health care, marketing, social services, human security, education, environmental sustainability, and transportation. Spatial informatics professionals draw upon engineering, computer science, math, and spatial sciences principles to solve data-intensive, large-scale, and location-based problems.
The USC Master of Science in Spatial Informatics provides students with the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and contribute toward the significant technical and societal challenges created by large location-based data environments, including architecture, security, integrity, management, scalability, artificial intelligence topics, and distribution;
- Understand the principles and application of informatics and geographic information sciences (GIS), and the goals of enterprise information intelligence and analytics; and
- Utilize technical, engineering, and GIS skills coupled with informatics capabilities to intelligently mine data to provide enterprise-centric solutions for diverse societal issues.
Students complete a core set of courses to provide a foundation in information engineering, analysis, and spatial thinking with their choice of electives to optimize their preparation for their preferred career path and unique professional opportunities. Students will understand the overall field of data analytics, the role of the analyst and/or data scientist, and the domains where informatics skills can be applied to critical organization missions. They will understand how data management, data visualization, and artificial intelligence techniques (specifically data mining and machine learning) are critical to the analysis process, and how these can be applied to real world challenges. Throughout their coursework, students will assemble a digital portfolio of work product which is intended to help them demonstrate their capabilities and skills for the job market
SPATIAL INFORMATICS STUDENT PROFILES
A minimum of 32 units is required for the M.S. in Spatial Informatics (depending on a student’s background). A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation.
Required Courses: (6 courses/24 units)
Foundation (take both courses):
Spatial Core Courses (take both courses):
Informatics Core Courses (take both courses):
Recommended Preparation: Basic understanding of engineering and/or technology principles; basic programming skills; background in probability, statistics, linear algebra and machine learning.
Spatial Electives: (Take 4 units)
Informatics Electives: (Take 4 units)
Requirements for graduation, course offerings, course availability, track offerings and any other degree requirements are subject to change. Students should consult with an academic advisor in the Viterbi School of Engineering or in the Spatial Sciences Institute prior to registering for any classes.
- An undergraduate degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) or related social science from a regionally-accredited university.
- Satisfactory cumulative undergraduate GPA (grade point average).
- Satisfactory GRE test scores. All scores must be officially reported to the University directly by ETS.
Students must be admitted by both the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Applications are accepted for admissions in the fall and spring semesters.
- All applicants must complete and submit the USC Online Application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, sealed by the institution. Mail transcripts to: USC Graduate Office of Admission University Park Campus Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915 If sending via a private carrier (e.g., UPS, FedEx, or DHL), send transcripts to: University of Southern California Office of Admission & Financial Aid 3601 South Flower Street Tyler 1 Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
- GRE General Test: Satisfactory scores less than five years old. Official scores must be reported from ETS directly to USC using ETS school code 4852. A department code is not required.
- Letters of Recommendation (Optional): Letters of recommendation should be from faculty or others (supervisors, professional colleagues, etc.) qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study. They should be submitted through the online graduate application.
- Statement of Purpose (Optional): The statement of purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program, your preparation for this field of study, study interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.
Additional Application Materials for International Applicants
English Language Proficiency: In addition to the general admission criteria listed above, international students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination to be considered a candidate for admission. There is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for admission to the Viterbi School and Dornsife College. For possible exemption from additional language requirements, you must achieve an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each section or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score. For more details on English Proficiency Criteria for the University of Southern California, please visit USC Graduate Admission – Proficiency in English.
Questions? Call Lizsl De Leon, Director, CSCI Student Affairs, at (213) 740-4496 or email her.