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At the Center for Geospatial Analytics, you'll grow to recognize processes and patterns in spatial data. By the time you leave, you'll be ready to solve real-world challenges and further an advancing field.

Precise Study, Broad Applications

We’re preparing the next generation of interdisciplinary data scientists. Here, students learn to interpret location-based data and propose solutions to pressing societal problems.

Classes and hands-on training combine foundational geographic theory with cutting-edge data modeling and visualization technologies. Our students gain the knowledge and skills to inform government policy, guide industry expansion and extend the global applications of spatial data.

Our robust and evolving course offerings are led by world-renowned leaders at the forefront of this exciting domain. Distinguished faculty members spanning eight colleges and 20 diverse departments provide mentorship and direct the center’s multifaceted, experiential programs.

Meeting Demand

According to the Occupational Outlook from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, significant job growth is expected, ranging 3–36% above average, for geospatial-oriented jobs. Nationally, this translates into thousands of new geospatial jobs expected each year between 2021 and 2031, particularly in the areas of information and data sciences. In North Carolina, which as of 2021 had the fourth highest level of employment in these areas, growth of 12–29% is expected over the next decade.

Academic Programs

We offer a wide range of courses for students at all levels of study. Graduate students can pursue a doctoral degree in geospatial analytics, a professional science master’s degree, a certificate in geographic information systems or one of two graduate minors. Undergraduate students can take introductory courses to ground themselves in the field. Two graduate programs and select graduate and undergraduate courses can also be completed online.

Ph.D. in Geospatial Analytics

The first of its kind, this interdisciplinary program pairs integrative thinking with experiential learning to equip data scientists with a novel understanding of spatial phenomena. Refined technical training and hands-on experience with partners in government and industry will prepare you to develop sustainable solutions for complex environmental and social challenges.

Ph.D. student Deja Perkins stands in a wooded area with binoculars

Student Resources

The Center for Geospatial Analytics provides support for students starting with the application process and continuing beyond graduation. Guidance is available from an advisor or online for topics including enrollment, registration, degree requirements, the individualized plan of work, graduation deadlines, career resources and more.

A photo of students in class at the North Carolina State University Center for Geospatial Analytics