Geospatial Computer Science, Ph.D.

College of Science & Engineering

Geospatial Computing Sciences, Ph.D.

Geospatial Computer Science, Ph.D.

The Geospatial Computer Science (GSCS) doctoral program is an interdisciplinary program with a strong emphasis on developing the theory of computer science for handling geospatial data and exploring emerging technologies enabled by geographic information science. The GSCS program is a unique combination of the fields of computer science and geographic information science, with a technical and theoretical foundation of computer science.

Domestic/International Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 30 August 1 Not Offered Not Offered

Domestic/International Students:

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
July 15 November 15 Not Offered Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Applications received after priority deadline are for International applicants already living in the U.S.

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended. TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Official GRE scores (Within five years of the date of application)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay (Approximately 500-1000 words in length addressing reason for seeking the admission to the program and the research plans)
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores are required for International applicants from countries where English is not the native language.(Within two years of the date of application)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Applicants must indicate which faculty member has specified to act as the Applicant's graduate advisor. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate advisor.

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5
There are two paths for students in the PhD in Geospatial Computing Sciences degree program, those coming in with 1) a bachelor’s degree in a related field, and 2) a master’s degree in a related field. Students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree are required to take a minimum of 75 semester credit hours (SCH). Of these 75 SCH, students must take the GSCS core courses (21 SCH), 3 SCH of Graduate Seminar, at least 15 hours of Electives, and at least 30 hours of research and dissertation credits.

Students entering the program with a master’s degree are required to take a minimum of 57 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Students are required to have coursework that covers the GSCS core courses. A minimum of 9 SCH of the core courses, must be taken at TAMUCC. Additional core courses are likely to be assigned depending on the student’s background. At least 15 hours of elective courses must also be taken at TAMUCC. Three credit hours of Graduate Seminar and at least 30 hours of dissertation and research must also be part of the required 57 hours. Students must file an approved degree plan by the end of their second semester in the program.

GSCS Core Courses

All students are required to have the following coursework. For students entering the program with a master’s degree, at least three (9SCH) of these courses must be taken at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. All GSCS students must master the content of the core courses prior to their candidacy exam.

COSC 5334 Design and Analysis of Algorithms 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5351 Advanced Computer Architecture 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5352 Advanced Operating Systems 3 sem. hrs.
GSCS 6321 Geospatial Data Structures 3 sem. hrs.
GSCS 6331 Advanced Geospatial Computing 3 sem. hrs.
MATH 5344 Spatial Statistics 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5365 Spatial Database Design 3 sem. hrs.

Required Courses

Students must take 3 hours of graduate seminar and at least 30 hours of research and dissertation credits.

GSCS 6102 Graduate Seminar 1 sem. hrs. (3 sem. hours total)
30 hours of research and defense from the following:
GSCS 6996 Research 3 sem. hrs.
GSCS 6998 Dissertation Research 1-9 sem. hrs.
GSCS 6999 Dissertation Defense 1-9 sem. hrs.

Elective Courses

At least 15 hour of electives must be taken. Electives will predominately come from COSC, GSCS, and GSEN graduate courses. Up to 6 hours can be from another graduate program with approval. The following courses are standard electives:

COSC 5327 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5328 Advanced Computer Graphics 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5330 Programming Languages 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5340 Human-Computer Interaction 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5345 System Simulation and Modeling 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5348 Expert Systems 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5350 Advanced Topics in DBMS 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5353 Compiler Design and Construction 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5354 Artificial Intelligence 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5355 Data Communications and Networking 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5356 Theory of Computation 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5357 Wireless Sensor Networks 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5360 Parallel Computing 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5361 Parallel Algorithms 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5362 Mobile Software Development 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5370 Advanced Software Engineering 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5374 Computer Forensics 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5375 Information Assurance 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5376 Network Security 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5377 Applied Cryptography 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5379 Advanced Information Assurance 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5590 Selected Topics 1‑5 sem. hrs.
GSCS 6329 Scientific Visualization 3 sem. hrs.
GSCS 6344 Ubiquitous Positioning sem. hrs.
GSCS 6390 Special Topics 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5355 Design and Analysis of GIS Applications 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5365 Spatial Database Design 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5381 Cadastral information Systems 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5382 Policy and Legal Aspects of Spatial information Systems 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5383 Advanced Geospatial Analysis and Design 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5384 Geospatial Visualization Design 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5385 Analytical and Digital Photogrammetric Engineering 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5386 Problems in Remote Sensing of the Environment 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5387 Geospatial intelligence Techniques 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5388 Geospatial Internet Engineering 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5390 Advanced Topics 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5336 Database Management Systems 3 sem. hrs.
COSC 5393 Research Methods in Computer Science 3 sem. hrs.
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.
Teaching Assistantships, graduate research assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships may be available to graduate students admitted as degree-seeking students who maintain full time graduate student status (9 hours/fall and spring semesters, and 3 hours/summer). The completed Teaching Assistant Application ( and all other materials requested for evaluation should be submitted to the office indicated on that form. For full consideration, the deadline for submitting applications is February 1 for the following academic year. Faculty members conducting funded research projects often hire qualified graduate students as Research Assistants. Students should contact faculty members in their field of interest for information on these opportunities. Summer funding (3 mos.) is the responsibility of major advisor and/or student, and should be discussed early in the academic year.

Additional Information

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Scott King

6300 Ocean Drive Unit 5824
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5824
Office: 361-825-6068