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Digital Mapping - New Maps Plus

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Program Summary

Application Dates: 03/29/2020
Start Dates: 04/13/2020
Cost per credit: $721

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

Application Dates: 03/29/2020
Start Dates: 04/13/2020
Cost per credit: $721

Be In Demand

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. 

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

Imagine Your Future

Web Developers

Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site. They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. In addition, web developers may create content for the site.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$63,490

per year in 2017

Number of Jobs

148,500

in 2017

10 Year Job Outlook

39,500

new jobs (average)

Similar Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Database Administrators
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Graphic Designers
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
  • Software Developers

Imagine Your Future

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

Cartographers and photogrammetrists collect, measure, and interpret geographic information in order to create and update maps and charts for regional planning, education, emergency response, and other purposes.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$60,930

per year in 2017

Number of Jobs

12,300

in 2017

10 Year Job Outlook

3,600

new jobs (average)

Similar Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Civil Engineers
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists
  • Geographers
  • Forest and Conservation Workers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Surveying and Mapping Technicians
  • Surveyors
  • Urban and Regional Planners

Federal Financial Aid and Certificate Programs

Please note that federal financial aid is not available for certificate programs, but other financial resources may be available on the Financial Aid page.


Contact

Matthew Wilson

Director of Graduate Program

Associate Professor of Geography

College of Arts & Sciences

817 Patterson Office Tower

University of Kentucky

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.