Geospatial Systems Engineering, MS

College of Science & Engineering

College of Science & Engineering

Geospatial Systems Engineering, M.S.

The Master of Science in Geospatial Systems Engineering will provide students with knowledge and skills focusing on the research, design, development, and use of technologies in geospatial surveying engineering. The program builds upon the ABET accredited undergraduate Geographic Information Science program (GISc) and the existing geographic information science concentration in the master’s program in computer science. The program satisfies the regional, state and national need for master’s-level graduates in geospatial systems design and surveying engineering. Due to the diversity of geospatial applications in industry, the 36 credit hour program is purposely designed to offer breadth in the course work.

Domestic Students:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
August 1 November 1 Not Offered Not Offered

International Students:

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

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

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.


Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Official GRE scores (Within five years of the date of application)
  • Essay including educational and professional goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation

*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

Degree Plan

I. Required Core Courses

Geospatial Systems Engineering Core
GSEN 5383 - Advanced Geospatial Analysis and Design  3 sem. hrs
GSEN 5384 - Geospatial Visualization Design 3 sem. hrs

II. Elective Courses

Thesis option students must complete 18 semester hours and project option students must complete 24 semester hours from the courses listed below or from other interdisciplinary courses, as selected in consultation with their advisory committee, to provide a broad background in geospatial surveying engineering or related fields:

Geospatial Systems Engineering Electives
GSEN 5382 - Policy and Legal Aspects of Spatial information Systems 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.
GSEN 5396 - Directed Independent Study 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5381 - Cadastral Information Systems 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5355 - Design and Analysis of GIS Applications  3 sem. hrs
GSEN 5365 - Spatial Database Design 3 sem. hrs

The following additional courses may be offered and substituted for any of the courses mentioned in II subject to approval by the student graduate mentor or committee chair.

Additional Courses
GSEN 5390 - Advanced Topics 3 sem. hrs.
GSEN 5396 - Directed Independent Study 3 sem. hrs.

III. Graduate Project Research & Proposal

GSEN 5395 - Graduate Project Research & Proposal 3 sem. hrs.

IV. Thesis or Project Option

GSEN 5998 - Graduate Thesis                9 sem. hrs.


GSEN 5993 - Graduate Creative Project 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. Huang (Lucy) Yuxia

6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5868
Office: 361-825-2646