Master of Science in Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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Program Description

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Overview

The Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Master of Science Program at UAE University is the first of its kind in the region. It is designed to provide you with the theoretical background and practical skills to start or advance your career in remote sensing and GIS. Our curriculum has been specifically developed to suit students from diverse academic backgrounds and professional occupations. No prior remote sensing or GIS experience is required to excel in the program. (Total credit hours is 30 for theses and 34 for no-theses).

UAEU now ranks #1 in the UAE based on the Times Higher Education Ranking! We are also #5 in the Middle East, #49th in Asia and #70 in the Young University Rankings of 2019.

Program Objectives

  • Discuss the theoretical background and practical skills for a career in Remote Sensing or GIS.
  • Identify the recent advances in Remote Sensing, GIS, and GNSS relating that with scientific research and its role in the society.
  • Apply analytical and spatial thinking skills needed for the successful use of remote sensing and GIS in solving spatial problems.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the theoretical principles of remote sensing and GIS and their role in modeling and solving environmental, urban and social issues.
  • Recognize advanced analysis and interpretation skills needed in remote sensing and GIS.
  • Apply practical remote sensing and GIS procedures for assessing and solving environmental, urban, geologic and societal problems.
  • Communicate remote sensing and GIS related ideas and results both orally and in writing.
  • Develop remote sensing and GIS project management, teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Produce scientific research related to the applications of remote sensing and GIS.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours: minimum of 30 hours

Remote Sensing and GIS

Required Courses (18 hours) Credits
RGIS601 Principles of Remote Sensing 2
RGIS602 Fundamentals of GIS 3
RGIS603 Digital Image Processing in RS 3
RGIS604 Spatial Analysis Using GIS 3
RGIS605 Local & Web-Based Services GIS 2
RGIS606 Database Management Systems 2
RGIS607 Seminar on Management Issues in RS&GIS 1
STAT661 Geo-Statistics 2
Elective Courses - 6 credit hours for the Thesis option and 12 credit hours for Non-Thesis option (12 hours) Credits
BIOE625 Coastal Management 2
RGIS610 Spatial Data Collection 2
RGIS611 Advanced Remote Sensing 2
RGIS612 Satellite Positioning 2
RGIS613 Software Engineering for GIS 2
RGIS614 Selected Topics 2
RGIS615 Project Management 2
RGIS616 Transport Applications of GIS 2
RGIS617 Urban and Environmental Applications of Remote sensing and GIS 2
RGIS618 Remote Sensing and GIS for Petroleum 2

Thesis or Capstone

Required Courses (Minimum credit hours:4 and Maximum credit hours:6) (6 hours) Credits
RGIS620 Capstone1 4
RGIS630 Thesis2 6

1Required for Non-Thesis
2Required for Thesis

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of higher education and scientific research;
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent in all undergraduate work.
  • A score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application, with the following exceptions:

Conditional Acceptance

An applicant with a Bachelor degree recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research may be granted conditional admission into the Master’s program in one and only one of the following cases:

An applicant with an IELTS score of 5.5, or its equivalent. Such a Student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. Must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
  2. May take a maximum of six (6) credits hours in the first semester, not including intensive English courses;
  3. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 but equal or higher than 2.5, or its equivalent. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. May take a maximum of nine (9) credits hours in the first semester of study;
  2. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

Merit Fellowship Award

To receive the Merit Award, students are expected to have high academic credentials and maintain their academic success at the UAEU. The Merit Fellowship Award offers financial assistance in the form of partial tuition waiver to qualified students. Students in STEM and strategic areas of the country (renewable energy, transportation, health, water resources, technology, space) will have priority.

Student Eligibility:

  • Have Excellent Academic Standing (GPA ≥ 3.6/4.0).
  • Maintain a GPA ≥3.6/4.0 during study at UAEU.
  • Have no other financial sponsorship or award.

Benefits:

  • 50% discount on tuition fees.

Duration:

  • Valid until graduation as long as the student is abiding with the Student Eligibility conditions.

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Last updated May 2020

About the School

The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling approximately 13,900 students, with more than 900 faculty and 65,000 alumni holding key positions ... Read More

The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling approximately 13,900 students, with more than 900 faculty and 65,000 alumni holding key positions in government, industry, commerce, and all business areas throughout the region. Read less
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