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Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence

24 months
1995 USD/credit 33915 USD/year
1995 USD/credit 33915 USD/year
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The Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence MSc program at University of Southern California empowers graduates to build leadership skills and pursue management roles within the geospatial intelligence and human security fields. It is ideal for individuals who thrive in highly dynamic, often chaotic environments and who have a passion for risk mitigation, disaster planning and threat response.


Career Opportunities

The human security and geospatial intelligence industries have strong need for individuals who understand spatial science within the context of relevant political, social and environmental forces.

Master’s-level geospatial intelligence and human security professionals pursue senior-level and managerial careers in government, military and non-government humanitarian organizations. University of Southern California HSGI program prepares students to lead GEOINT initiatives and organizations operating at local, regional, national and international scale.

The Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence MSc program at University of Southern California consists of 34 units, providing knowledge of GIS techniques and data within the context of incident preparation and response. The core courses provide deep understanding of human security issues and how they relate to man-made as well as natural disasters. Students will also learn the critical role that geospatial intelligence plays in military, disaster management and humanitarian operations.

Through the capstone course and two focused practicums, students will also gain extensive industry experience to jumpstart their careers or make considerable leaps within their existing GEOINT careers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Concepts for Spatial Thinking 
  • Spatial Databases
  • Spatial Data Acquisition 
  • GIS Programming and Customization 
  • Web GIS 
  • Mobile GIS 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Students are admitted on a rolling basis for fall, spring and summer semester starts.


34 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must hold a degree considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree, as evaluated by the USC Office of Graduate & International Admission. 
  • Your college or university must be recognized by the appropriate governmental ministry as a degree-granting institution.
  • All transcripts and degree certificates/diplomas must be written in the original language of instruction. 
  • Official transcripts must show all courses and subjects taken and all grades (marks) received.
  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to USC by the college or university.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33915 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1995 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    33915 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1995 USD per credit during 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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