Purdue University Launches Online Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Applied Geospatial Analysis
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – To meet growing global demand for food production Driven by a growing population, farmers and fellow farmers are turning to data science to drive the next agricultural revolution.
Predictive analysis and artificial intelligence are part of the tools of this smart agricultural future. But if that future depends on data, it also depends on another key input: the knowledge and skills to use that data.
By offering a new entirely online offer Master of Science in Applied Geospatial AnalysisPurdue University aims to train a new generation of agricultural and other professionals capable of solving complex problems with innovative data-driven solutions.
The Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Applied Geospatial Analysis is offered by Purdue Graduate School in partnership with the College of Agriculture, College of Liberal Arts, and Purdue Polytechnic Institute. Students in the online Master of Applied Geospatial Analysis program will cultivate a range of technical and strategic skills related to geospatial data and intelligence, including strategic communication and data analysis.
“We find that technically sophisticated professionals often struggle to maximize their impact on their organizations due to their inability to effectively engage key stakeholders,” said Bart Collins, clinical assistant professor of communications at Purdue and one of the Applied Geospatial Analysis faculty champions. . “Our program tries to solve this problem by emphasizing business communication and leadership.”
The program’s 100% online curriculum was developed to accommodate working professionals who wish to increase their skills in data analysis, data visualization, spatial data science, strategic communication and management. The Master of Science in Applied Geospatial Analysis will help prepare students for careers in fields such as civil and environmental engineering, agriculture, natural resource conservation, construction management, and utilities – among other fields where geospatial data skills are in demand.
“The need to understand and use an increasingly complex and broad array of data is critical in agriculture and related industries,” said Joe Anderson, professor of agronomy at Purdue. “Due to the massive amount of data that must be analyzed and the interdisciplinary nature of the modern agriculture sector, agricultural education programs must emphasize data science and digital agriculture skills.”
Upon completion of the program, students will earn a master’s degree in applied geospatial analysis as well as three graduate certificates in applied data analysis, spatial data science, and strategic communication management. The new master’s program builds on the three existing graduate certificates to help meet the professional and technical needs of students and provide a broad base of interdisciplinary knowledge that students can immediately apply in their careers.
“With this program, students will receive an excellent training in data science and spatial data that will put them on the entry level for careers in a wide range of companies in the agricultural and related sectors,” said Anderson.
By providing students with interdisciplinary skills and stackable credentials in the form of three graduate certificates, the Master of Science in Applied Geospatial Analysis increases the marketability of graduates. Courses are offered on geographic information systems, data visualization, data analysis, communication and leadership, crisis communication and more. All courses are taught entirely online by Purdue faculty members from the College of Agriculture, College of Liberal Arts, and Purdue Polytechnic Institute.
The Master of Science in Applied Geospatial Analysis requires 30 credit hours of coursework that can be completed in as little as five semesters. Courses are offered in eight-week and 16-week formats for flexibility. Additionally, the program offers summer courses so that students can graduate faster.
“Many industries need professionals who have expertise in developing and analyzing large datasets and using them in a geospatial context,” Anderson said. “This program fills that need.”
Students interested in applying to the program have the option of starting in the fall or spring semester. More information about the online Master of Science in Applied Geospatial Analysis, including how to apply, is available on the program website. website.
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