Online M.S. in Spatial Informatics

Online Master of Science in Spatial Informatics

UMaineOnline is ranked #50 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

The online M.S. in Spatial Informatics prepares graduates to better utilize location information, geographic information systems, sensors, and mobile technologies to accomplish the day-to-day tasks of businesses and organizations. The program creates a path for those from diverse academic backgrounds to transition to an information system career by providing a foundation in geographic information science.

Students will explore topics such as:

  • Cognitive science
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Spatio-temporal phenomena
  • Intelligent spatial information systems design
  • And More

For more information, visit the Spatial Informatics website.


Students will work closely with the Steering Committee to develop a program of study that includes courses that reflect the student’s personal and professional goals.

Core Courses

The following courses are required (15 credits):

  • SIE 505: Formal Foundations of Information Systems (3 credits)
  • SIE 507: Information Systems Programming (3 credits)
  • SIE 515: Human-Computer Interaction (3 credits)
  • SIE 525: Information Systems Law (3 credits)
  • SIE 550: Design of Information Systems (3 credits)


Choose five courses from the following (15 credits):

  • SIE 508: Object-Oriented Programming (3 credits)
  • SIE 509: Principles of Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
  • SIE 510: Geographic Information Systems Applications (3 credits)
  • SIE 512: Spatial Analysis (3 credits)
  • SIE 517: Spatial Interaction Design (3 credits)
  • SIE 554: Spatial Reasoning (3 credits)
  • SIE 557: Database System Applications (3 credits)
  • SIE 559: Geosensor Networks (3 credits)
  • SIE 580: Ontology Engineering Theory and Principles (3 credits)
  • SIE 590: Information Systems Internship (3 credits)


We have rolling admissions so you can apply and be accepted into the program at any time. However, the following dates are recommended:

  • Fall semester: August 1
  • Spring semester: January 1

Those applying for campus-wide research assistantships or scholarships should complete their application packets by January 1 for Fall admission.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or a four-year international equivalent.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • College-level algebra
  • Previous programming courses or experience are recommended but not required

Application Materials

When you are ready to apply, please first review the application instructions. Then submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Current resume with the contact information for 3 professional references
  • An essay less than two pages in length describing your motivation for pursuing the degree

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If you would like to be contacted personally to have questions answered or to discuss your qualifications for participating in our graduate programs, please contact Harlan Onsrud, Professor of Spatial Computing, Graduate Coordinator for Spatial Informatics and Information Systems.

Contact Us

Have questions about earning your M.S. in Spatial Informatics online with UMaine? Contact a UMaineOnline advisor at 207.581.5858 or



Graduates are both self-employed and employed throughout business and government in a broad range of spatial information management and system development positions. Jobs are numerous, varied, and well paid. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for the spatial informatics field is $68,380-$93,580.

Notable Companies Employing Alumni

  • Artisan Global, LLC
  • Bentley Motors Limited
  • Esri
  • Gallup International
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Intuit
  • iPointer, Inc.
  • Microsoft
  • Miramap B.V.
  • Netcetera
  • Promag Systems, Inc.
  • Starbucks
  • Verisk Analytics
  • ViacomCBS
  • Willauer Consulting
  • WilmerHale


While all the faculty members in the School of Computing and Information Science may contribute to teaching and research in any of its academic units, the core Spatial Informatics faculty members include:

For detailed background, research and contact information on other professors in the School, please see Faculty and Staff.

Financial Support Options

For general information on the range of grants, loans and scholarships available from Federal and other sources for graduate students, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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