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  • Minimum Credits
  • Estimated Tuition
  • Duration
    2 Years

Program Overview

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has long been a leader in providing students with the educational foundation and in-field experience necessary for successful careers and leadership positions in Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics.

Interest in the field has increased significantly with the U.S. Department of Labor predicting an annual growth rate of 35 percent for the geospatial technology industry. In addition, analytical technologies are predicted for current and future growth (NMC Horizon Report, 2018) and according to IBM (2017), by 2020, there will be approximately 2,720,000 jobs available in fields served by data professionals.

Exceptionally prepared students may complete the degree in one year. All courses feature online learning with flexible blended scheduling.

Post-Degree Opportunities

Career paths for students who obtain their Master of Science in Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics are quite varied and diversified including careers in GIS (Geographic Information Science), information technology, data science, business analytics, asset and natural resource management, market analysts, urban planning, cloud/network administrators, public safety and emergency management, and surveying/drone data collection to name a few.

Regardless of your profession, your Saint Mary's education will give you:

  • A comprehensive understanding of effective research strategies
  • Real-world examples and hands-on experience to promote the efficient use of technology analytics and intelligence frameworks used in decision making
  • Thorough knowledge of data development techniques, analysis, and evaluation
  • Applied in-depth experience with geospatial technology in multiple fields ranging from health, natural resources, and business to urban planning, emergency management, and public policy
  • Experience in connecting concepts of data collection, data engineering, data science, and geoanalytics
  • Learning integrated technologies such as Python, R Programming/Scripting, SQL, JavaScript and web APIs, cloud architecture, data management via mobile devices, drones/sensors via IOT, and geo-artificial intelligence and data classifications.

In addition to the classroom environment, Saint Mary's provides the option for applied learning experience through the university's unique GeoSpatial Services affiliate, which gives students the opportunity to work in a mentored environment on active client projects with GIS and beyond. Saint Mary's real-world experience, combined with networking opportunities with potential employers and alums, no doubt gives its students an advantage when beginning the career search. Work and program study options/opportunities are available on the Winona or Minneapolis campuses with the Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics degree program.

Course Information

 The degree is intended to prepare learners with a solid foundation of hands-on technology to leverage new, exciting approaches in analytics and intelligence fields: data acquisition, data engineering, principles of data science, and geoanalytics and visual intelligence. 

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. Official transcripts posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree
  4. Other relevant official transcripts documenting potential transfer credits
  5. International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluator
  6. A reflective essay which includes a brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience, a description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities, and any personal information the applicant wishes to share
  7. Two recommendations that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and/or academic ability
  8. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience
  9. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam.
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Fall Semester Term I
Fall Semester Term II
Spring Semester Term I
Spring Semester Term II
Summer Semester Term I
Summer Semester Term II
Fall Semester Term I
Fall Semester Term II

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $650 Per Credit


Graduation fee:$190

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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