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Program Summary

SPRING 2021
Application Dates: 04/4/2021
Start Dates: 04/19/2021
SUMMER 2021 - for returning certificate students applying to MS
Application Dates: 06/27/2021
Start Dates: 07/12/2021
COSTS & CREDITS - GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
Credits required: 11
Cost per credit: $729
Cost & Credits - Master of Science
Credits required: 19
Cost per credit: $729

Matthew Wilson

Director of Graduate Program

Associate Professor of Geography

College of Arts & Sciences

817 Patterson Office Tower

University of Kentucky

  • GC
  • MS
Prepare to critically navigate and create in today’s information ecosystems as a data scientist, web designer, or a geovisual artist.  Graduates of New Maps Plus not only understand what “big data” is, they use big data to create visual representations of the world.

Program Summary

SPRING 2021
Application Dates: 04/4/2021
Start Dates: 04/19/2021
SUMMER 2021 - for returning certificate students applying to MS
Application Dates: 06/27/2021
Start Dates: 07/12/2021
COSTS & CREDITS - GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
Credits required: 11
Cost per credit: $729
Cost & Credits - Master of Science
Credits required: 19
Cost per credit: $729

Open Up Career Opportunities by Learning the Latest in Static and Interactive Maps

With four start dates available each year and intensive 10-week semesters, this rigorous online program is geared toward working professionals who want to advance their career. As a graduate of this program, you will:

  • Gain the technical skills that prospective employers prize and the geospatial analysis skills that will advance your career in this growing and demanding field.
  • Implement Geographic Information Science (GIS) principles using open source applications like QGIS and integrate these with open database protocols such as PostGreSQL/PostGIS and SQLite.
  • Apply interactive coding environments such as Jupyter and techniques of exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA) using the Python programming language to process geographical information.
  • Produce professional interactive and static maps and data-driven visualizations using JavaScript libraries such as Leaflet, D3.js, and Mapbox GL JS.
  • Work in distributed and collaborative software environments using industry standard best practices such as Git and GitHub.
  • Build an online portfolio of interactive maps and visualizations and share code documentation written in Markdown with colleagues and potential employers.

The MS program is designed as an extension of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Mapping but has a separate application and admission requirements. Credits from all previous MAP coursework for the graduate certificate count toward the MS. 

 

Application Requirements 

Graduate Certificate
  • Official undergraduate transcripts are required by the UK Graduate School.
  • The GRE is not required for admission to this program.

Courses for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Mapping:

  • MAP 671: Introduction to New Mapping (3 credits)

  • MAP 672: Programming for Web Mapping (4 credits)

  • MAP 673: Design for Interactive Web Mapping (4 credits)


Masters of science
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Please include a mapping portfolio and examples of any coding experience
  • The GRE is not required for admission to this program.
  • Two letters of recommendation

Courses for the Master of Science in Digital Mapping:

  • MAP 674: Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization (4 credits)

  • MAP 675: Collaborative Geovizualization (4 credits)

  • MAP 701: History of Critical Cartography (2 credits)

  • MAP 719: Social Impacts of New Mapping (3 credits)

  • MAP 698: Final Project Preparation (3 credits)

  • MAP 699: Final Project Implementation (3 credits)

Amanda Witbeck
"I came to the course with little to no coding experience. I left with the skills and tools to write my own code, the ability to apply advanced spatial analysis, an understanding of multiple web mapping platforms, as well as an online portfolio to showcase my own work."

Amanda Witbeck

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Contact

Matthew Wilson

Director of Graduate Program

Associate Professor of Geography

College of Arts & Sciences

817 Patterson Office Tower

University of Kentucky

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