Spatial Informatics

The University of Maine

M.Sc. Online
12 months
1503 USD/credit
1503 USD/credit
461 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Spatial Informatics program of The University of Maine provides an “all e-learning” “all coursework” degree for place-bound students that desire strong theory, computational, cognitive, analytical, policy and technical foundations in geographic information science and systems.


As a general rule, students may view class videos and accomplish assignments at any time throughout a week in any of the offered program courses and have the weekly opportunity (or requirement) to participate in a one to two hour “live” discussion session at a mutually convenient time for distance class members prior to due dates for weekly assignments. The Spatial Informatics program of The University of Maine is an “online only” version of the existing on-campus research-focused MS in Spatial Information Science and Engineering degree.


Students develop knowledge and technical skills in foundation areas of formal methods, programming, information system design, human computer interaction and information law and ethics. All of these general information systems graduate courses draw on spatial technology examples or contextual environments. 

Based on the foundation, a wide variety of in-depth skills are developed in the areas of web-based database systems design and development, real-time data stream processing, spatial cognition, geosensor networks, spatial data science, ontology frameworks and virtual/augmented reality. Students gain working familiarity with one or more programming languages if not already acquired. 

The online graduate program specializes in preparing graduates to better utilize location information, geographic information systems, sensors, sensor networks and mobile technologies in accomplishing the day-to-day tasks of businesses and government and to help advance new innovations in these domains. In addition, students may propose courses within their program of study that provide an understanding of business and engineering applications and thus provide further foundations for effective communication with end users.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Formal Foundations for Information Science
  • Information Systems Programming
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems Law
  • Design of Information Systems
  • Principles of Geographic Information Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We are generally seeking students that score at the mean or above on the verbal, quantitative and analytical segments of the GRE exam and in the 50th percentile or above on the exam overall
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • At a minimum an applicant must have a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or a four-year international equivalent
  • Within their curriculum, all applicants should have completed a university course in Algebra as a minimum math prerequisite for admission
  • Transcripts
  • Test scores
  • Letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1503 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1503 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1503 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1503 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    461 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 461 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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