The University of Mary Washington’s is Offering Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis

The University of Mary Washington’s is Offering Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis


The University of Mary Washington’s Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis has been approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, paving the way for students to enter the program for the fall 2014 semester.

Founded in 1908 and named for the mother of our country’s founding father, the University of Mary Washington has built a rich history of traditions and academic excellence. The institution has evolved from its beginnings as Fredericksburg’s State Normal and Industrial School for Women to one of the nation’s premier, selective public liberal arts and sciences universities today.


The University of Mary Washington is proud to announce the development of a Masters in Geospatial Analysis through the Geographic Information Systems department.

The Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis is an intensive one year program designed for both recent graduated and professionals alike.

Students who are interested in applying should have a sturdy background in GIS in addition to programming skills. The program requires 30 course credits, available through evening classes and can be taken by both full-time and part-time students.

“UMW is an ideal place to study geospatial analysis because of its location mid-way between Washington, D.C., and Richmond and because of its commitment to the liberal arts and sciences,” said Steve Hanna, chair of the Department of Geography.


He said that, in addition to needing employees with advanced technical skills, employers look for a flexible workforce, with expertise in world cultures and languages, mathematics, statistics, computer science and the natural sciences, and spatial thinking.

“Employment announcements stress the need for written and oral communication skills,” said Hanna. “All these are emphasized in the UMW curriculum.”

Applications for the program will have a recommended filing date of June 1, 2014. For more information, contact Brian Rizzo, director of GIS programs, or Steve Hanna, chair of the Department of Geography, at

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