Program type:


Est. time to complete:

3-4 years
Credit Hours:

60 (with master's) or 72 (with bachelor's)
Use cutting-edge spatial analysis and geographic information systems to coordinate and plan groundbreaking projects for a better world.

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Why Earn an Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Geospatial Information Science?

The UNT Information Science Ph.D. program with a concentration in Geospatial Information Science responds to the varied and changing needs of an information age, increasing recognition of the central role of information and information technologies in individual, social, economic and cultural affairs.

The mission of the UNT's Information Science Ph.D. program is to provide a center of excellence in graduate education and research. Its primary goals are to:

  • Nurture critical and reflective thinking on the fundamental issues and elements of problems of utilization of information
  • Foster an environment of substantive and productive mentoring and apprenticeship
  • Prepare scholars passionate about the role of information in human affairs
  • Foster cross-disciplinary thinking and research.

Students are recruited to the program from a wide range of disciplines and encouraged to expand and refocus their expertise and skills in cutting-edge areas of information science that cross disciplinary boundaries. The multifaceted nature of information science warrants the focusing of resources, courses, and faculties from a broad range of academic units.

Marketable Skills
  • Research and publication
  • Pedagogical practices
  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership ability
  • Data analysis

Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Geospatial Information Science Highlights

Special lectures hosted by the college and the department feature renowned scholars who provide different perspectives and insights into the information science field.
Our students and faculty are active members of different professional associations and learned societies, such as the iSchools consortium, the American Library Association, the Association for Information Science and Technology, and the Knowledge & Information Professional Association.
The structure of the IS Ph.D. program deliberately encourages and supports interactions among students and faculty in different academic units. Faculty and doctoral students together pursue research in a variety of areas.
The Department of Information Science offers financial support and scholarships to its students to recognize exceptional academic and creative accomplishments.
The Career Center is one of the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major.
Instruction is offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and blended, that allows you to balance classes with full-time or part-time employment.

What Can You Do With an Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Geospatial Information Science?

Graduates of the program are prepared to contribute to the advancement and evolution of the information society in a variety of roles and settings as administrators, researchers, and educators.

Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Geospatial Information Science Courses You Could Take

Statistical Research Methods in Geography (3 hrs)
This course helps students explore the application of fundamental statistical techniques to research in geography, including human geographic, physical geographic and archaeological topics, emphasizing the construction of geography research papers and proposals that require the use of statistics.
Advanced Geography Information Systems (3 hrs)
This course teaches advanced spatial analysis and database development through the use of specialized software and the design and implementation of GIS applications. Includes GIS data models, project planning, raster-based data manipulation and analysis, 3-dimensional (3D) analysis, network analysis and other advanced topics in spatial analysis.
Location Intelligence: Advanced Business GIS Concepts and Applications (3 hrs)
Survey of the geographic concepts and applications that support business decision-making. Examines the context for the application of geographic methodologies and explores the analytical techniques that relate to the needs of businesses operating across the global economy.
Remote Sensing (3 hrs)
This course covers the principles, methods and applications of multispectral, hyperspectral, radar and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) remote sensing, including: fundamental characteristics of electromagnetic radiation and how the energy interacts with Earth surface materials; remote sensing platforms and instruments; principles and methods of visual image interpretation and digital image processing and analysis; and remote sensing of vegetation, water, soils, minerals, landforms and urban environments.
GIS Programming (3 hrs)
Modern GIS embraces the concept of open systems, which means GIS software can be customized to fit specific requirements of individual implementation environments. Students learn key concepts and develop skills in object-oriented programming, GIS customization, and application development.
Seminar in Communication and Use of Information (3 hrs)
This course covers the nature of information as a phenomenon and of the communication processes. Conceptual linkage to treatments in various fields. The role of information and communication in individual, social and institutional behavior.

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