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.
  • GRE scores have been waived for Fall 2021 and until further notice.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay of no more than 1000 words describing: 1) educational background, 2) reasons for applying to the program, 3) research and career goals.
  • 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

Students are required to contact potential faculty mentors prior to applying to the program and identify them in the application. A prospective mentor (graduate supervisor) should be identified based on their areas of research and expertise in geospatial computer science. Faculty profiles can be found here:

*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 Computer Science 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 (12 SCH), 3 SCH of Graduate Seminar, at least 27 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 take the GSCS core courses (12 SCH). At least 9 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. 

Additional courses  may be assigned depending on the student’s background. 

Students must file an approved degree plan by the end of their second semester in the program.


GSCS Core Courses

All students must master the same core knowledge, and this content must be mastered prior to their candidacy exam. The core knowledge can be mastered with the following courses.  Students entering with a master’s degree must take at least three (9SCH) of the following courses at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and may be required to take more to fill any deficiencies.

  • COSC 6334 - Design and Analysis of Algorithms 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6380 - Data Analytics 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSCS 6321 - Geospatial Data Structures 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSCS 6331 - Advanced Geospatial Computing 3 sem. hrs.


Required courses

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

  • GSCS 6302 - Graduate Seminar 3 sem. hrs.
  • 30 hours of research and defense from the following:

  • GSCS 6996 - Research 1-9 sem. hrs.
  • GSCS 6998 - Dissertation Research 1-9 sem. hrs.
  • GSCS 6999 - Dissertation Defense 1-9 sem. hrs.
  • (minimum 3 sem. hours)


Elective Courses

At least 27 hours of electives must be taken by students entering with a bachelor’s degree, 9 hours of electives by students entering with a master’s degree. 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 6327 - Introduction to Computer Graphics 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6328 - Advanced Computer Graphics 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6334 - Design and Analysis of Algorithms 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6336 - Database Management Systems 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6339 - Deep Learning 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6340 - Human-Computer Interaction 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6350 - Advanced Topics in DBMS 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6351 - Advanced Computer Architecture 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6352 - Advanced Operating Systems 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6353 - Compiler Design and Construction 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6354 - Artificial Intelligence 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6355 - Data Communications and Networking 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6356 - Theory of Computation 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6357 - Wireless Sensor Networks 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6360 - Parallel Computing 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6338 - Machine Learning 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6361 - Parallel Algorithms 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6362 - Mobile Software Development 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6370 - Advanced Software Engineering 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6374 - Computer Forensics 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6375 - Information Assurance 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6376 - Network Security 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6377 - Applied Cryptography 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6379 - Advanced Information Assurance 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6590 - Selected Topics 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSCS 6329 - Scientific Visualization 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSCS 6344 - Ubiquitous Positioning sem. hrs.
  • GSCS 6390 - Special Topics 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6393 - Research Methods in Computer Science 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6355 - Geospatial Programming Techniques 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6365 - Spatial Database Design 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6381 - Cadastral Information Systems Design 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6383 - Advanced Geospatial Analytics 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6384 - Geospatial Visualization Design 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6385 - Photogrammetric Engineering and Lidar Scanning 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6386 - Remote Sensing and Image Analysis 3 sem. hrs.
  • GSEN 6390 - Advanced Topics 3 sem. hrs.
  • MATH 6344 - Spatial Statistics 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

  • Persons seeking admission to the program should first contact the program faculty and identify a faculty member, or members, willing to serve as their graduate supervisor, and the applicant must include a summary of their discussions with faculty member/s in their essay. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate supervisor. Faculty profiles are found at the program website:
  • If you would like to learn more about the CMSS Program, please visit the Program website found at:
  • If you'd like to learn more about the College of Science and Engineering, please visit the College website.

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Michael Starek

6300 Ocean Drive Unit 5868
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5868
Office: 361-825-3978