Purdue University has launched an interdisciplinary, online master’s degree in applied geospatial analysis

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – Let’s meet growing global demand for food production driven by a growing population, farmers and other agriculturalists are turning to data science to drive the next agricultural revolution.

Prognostic analysis and AI are among the tools of this smart farming 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, completely online MSc 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’s degree in applied geospatial analytics is offered through Purdue’s Graduate School in partnership with the College of Agriculture, the College of Liberal Arts and Purdue Polytechnic Institute. Students in the online Applied Geospatial Analytics master’s 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 with maximizing their impact on their organizations due to their inability to effectively engage key stakeholders,” said Bart Collins, Clinical Assistant Professor of Communication at Purdue and one of the faculty champions of the Applied Geospatial Analytics program . “Our curriculum tries to address this through an emphasis on corporate communication and leadership.”

The program’s 100% online curriculum is designed to accommodate working professionals who want to enhance their skills in data analysis, data visualization, spatial data science, strategic communication, and management. The MSc in Applied Geospatial Analytics 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 increasingly complex and large data sets is essential in agriculture and related sectors,” said Joe Anderson, professor of agronomy at Purdue. “Due to the vast amount of data that needs to be analyzed and the interdisciplinary nature of today’s agricultural sector, agricultural education programs must emphasize skills in data science and digital agriculture.”

Upon completion of the program, students will receive a master’s degree in applied geospatial analytics, as well as three graduate degrees in applied data analysis, spatial data science, and strategic communication management. The new master’s program uses the three existing higher education certificates to meet the professional and technical needs of students and to provide a broad base of interdisciplinary knowledge that students can immediately apply in their careers.

“With this program, students will receive an excellent education in data and spatial data science that will place them in the top echelon for careers in a wide range of companies in agriculture and related sectors,” Anderson said.

By providing students with interdisciplinary skills and stackable credentials in the form of three graduate degrees, the MSc in Applied Geospatial Analytics enhances graduates’ marketability. Courses are offered in 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’s degree in applied geospatial analysis requires 30 credit hours of coursework that can be completed in just five semesters. Courses are available in eight-week and 16-week formats for added flexibility. In addition, the program offers summer courses so that students can complete the degree more quickly.

“Many industries need professionals who are experienced in developing and analyzing large data sets and using them in a geospatial context,” Anderson said. “This program meets 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’s degree in applied geospatial analysis, including how to apply, can be found at the program website.

Screenwriter: Rachel Barton, 240-818-1189, [email protected]

Sources: Bart Collins, [email protected]

Joseph Anderson, [email protected]

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