Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence

University of Southern California

M.Sc. Online
24 months
57256 USD/year
57256 USD/year
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The M.S. in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence 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.

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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 M.S. in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence 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


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


34 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.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
90 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

The programs also involve several meeting sessions, conducted live via webcam. International students must be able to work this into their schedule no matter where they may reside. They also should ensure that the technology and Internet speed is capable of handling streaming video and audio.All students must have access to:

  • A computer (Windows or Mac OS) with the latest version of any of these browsers
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Headset or built-in speakers & microphone
  • HD Webcam
  • Broadband/high speed internet (1.5mbps minimum/3mbps preferred)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57256 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    57256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57256 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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