Make a Connection
Meet Our Fellows
Would you like help connecting to a prospective advisor? Contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator, with a brief description of your research interests or even the names of Faculty Fellows you have in mind. Rachel will match you with a Faculty Fellow (or a few!) for a personal conversation.
- Multidisciplinary advising unites expertise from across complementary academic departments
- Cross-cutting curriculum spans core classes in solution-driven analytics and discipline-specific electives
- Professional experience enriches practical understanding through a 6- to 8-week internship with an external partner
If your research goals intersect geospatial problem-solving from any number of fields, you will find your fit here. Our Faculty Fellows advise students interested in a range of disciplines––from design, to cognitive science, natural resources and the environment, computer science, engineering and more––and approach their work in a range of geospatial research areas. Students with strong backgrounds in quantitative methods in geography, geomatics/informatics, remote sensing and earth sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. Find recent publications by our faculty through NC State’s Scholarly Publications Repository; under “Affiliation,” simply select “Center for Geospatial Analytics.”
Would you like to visit NC State to learn more about the university’s graduate programs? Consider applying for free travel and accommodations through the Graduate School’s Visit NC State Program.
Meet Our Current Students Grad Student Directory
Ashwin Shashidharan, Computer Science
Ashwin continues to gain recognition for his award-winning research in computer science for geosimulations, including an internship with Esri, the world’s top GIS software company.
Payam Tabrizian, Design and Cognitive Science
Payam Tabrizian is a landscape architect and believes designing landscapes shouldn’t be limited to the professionals. His work spans design and the geospatial sciences.
Apply for a Ph.D. in Geospatial Analytics
Twelve fully funded Ph.D. graduate assistantships with $25,000 salary, benefits, and tuition support are available for Fall 2018 through the Center for Geospatial Analytics. Students are encouraged to suggest prospective advisor(s) and describe shared research interests in their application’s personal statement. Application materials should be submitted by February 1 for Fall admission.
Minimum requirements include
- Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0
- Graduate GPA ≥ 3.0 (if entering with a Master’s degree)
- GRE Scores (within last 5 years)
- IBT TOEFL Score ≥ 80 overall (18 in each section) (International Applicants; the Office of International Services offers additional helpful information)
Required supporting documents
- Official NC State Graduate School application.
- Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (official transcripts will be required if admitted to the program).
- A personal statement, not to exceed 2 pages. We encourage you to consider the following:
- Your academic and career goals
- Special interests and prior research in the area of geospatial analytics
- What makes you well-suited to our program
- Describe any computational, quantitative, and/or geospatial training
- You are encouraged to suggest prospective advisor(s) and describe shared research interests
- 3 letters of recommendation. Submit the names and contact information for your recommenders through the online application, and they will receive an email with instructions for submitting their letters online.
- Curriculum vitae/resume.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator (email@example.com, 919-515-2800).
The Ph.D. program consists of
- 72 credit hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree. The core required courses comprise 19 credit hours (18 core courses + 1 credit professional experience; listed below). The remaining 51 credit hours are devoted to an individually tailored selection of electives and research.
- an off-campus professional experience. In the summer following their first year in the program, students participate in an experiential learning activity within government (local, state, federal), industry, private and academic research institutions, or other organizations in the geospatial arena. Students consult with their advisors to identify specific opportunities that will enhance their doctoral program.
- a preliminary exam. The written exam is required by the end of the 4th semester, followed by an oral exam consisting of the dissertation proposal defense, typically before the start of the 5th semester.
- a written dissertation and final dissertation oral defense required to complete the degree.
The core curriculum includes the following courses; click course names to view descriptions: