Geospatial Data Science Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs

Earning a Temple University Geospatial Data Science master’s degree or graduate certificate is your fast pass for turning your passion for geographic information into a rewarding and fulfilling career. Our Geospatial Data Science graduate programs teach you to use in-demand technical skills like big data, application development, machine learning, statistics, data visualization and SQL programming.

Just how in-demand are these skills? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for spatial data scientists will grow 18% by 2028 and that the median salary for data scientists is nearly $90,000.*

And since both of Temple’s graduate-level Geospatial Data Science programs are designed to be completed in one year, you can take advantage of this growing job market quickly. Plus, all courses start after 5:30 p.m., making it possible for current professionals to continue working while learning.

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Professional Science Master’s in Geospatial Data Science

One of the first U.S. programs of its kind, Temple’s Professional Science Master’s Degree in Geospatial Data Science is a 30-credit program combining all the skills from a big data master’s and a programming degree with a critical social science perspective. This growing field is rooted in computer science, mathematics, geospatial analytics, geospatial intelligence and statistics. The data science fundamentals and emerging trends you’ll study will empower you to work across myriad disciplines and industries like:

  • climate adaptation,

  • urban and environmental planning,

  • retail and business location planning,

  • prediction and decision-making and

  • spatial epidemiology

Graduates are ready to launch or advance careers as data scientists or geographic information systems professionals in either the private or public sector.

Geospatial Data Science Graduate Certificate

Temple’s 12-credit, Geospatial Data Science Graduate Certificate focuses on the intersection of data science and GIS. If you’re a professional looking to enhance your geospatial analysis skills, this is the certificate program for you!

Coursework focuses on geographic analysis and solutions that help advance science and society and solve location-based problems. You’ll study big data handling, data mining, geospatial analytics, geospatial intelligence and machine learning as well as core data science competencies and industry-standard tools.

Temple’s graduate certificate is also a great stepping stone to our Professional Science Master’s in Geospatial Data Science.


  • One and Done: You’ll earn a master’s in one year or a certificate at your own pace.
  • Job Growth: The Department of Labor estimates annual market growth of 35%.
  • Technical Expertise: You’ll learn advanced, in-demand skills using cutting-edge software.
  • Experienced Faculty: Your professors bring years of Geographic Information Systems career experience to the classroom.

Media Mentions

Temple’s PSM in GIS Changes Career Trajectories
via on July 30, 2021

Temple’s PSM in GIS Changes Career Trajectories

By Grace Shallow

Joshua Sonntag landed a job at his dream company just days after graduating from Temple's PSM in Geographic Information Systems program.