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Online MPA – Spatial Analysis Concentration

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  • Duration 2-3 years
  • Cost per Credit $660
  • Credit Hours 12

Program Benefits

  • Gain skills to advance your career
  • Become an expert in Geographic Information Systems
  • 100% online format, eight-week terms
  • No GRE required and no application fee
  • Affordable tuition

Uncover Location-Based Insights

Study, explore, and understand geospatial information with a concentration in Spatial Analysis within Calvin University’s online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration. Supported by expert faculty, you’ll build the skills necessary for a successful career in spatial analysis and graduate prepared to solve real-world problems in the public and nonprofit sector. Learn how to communicate visually and gain practical experience with Calvin’s Christian, liberal arts curriculum.

With 100% online, asynchronous coursework, Calvin offers the flexibility to study on your schedule. Access the virtual learning environment to interact with learning materials from anywhere and experience online instruction that matches the quality of classroom learning.

Career Outlook: Advance in a Growing Field

Upon completion of your online MPA with a concentration in Spatial Analysis, you will be prepared to bring expertise in geographic information systems to your career in public service. Individuals with spatial analysis skills work as urban and regional planners, public works directors, public policy analysts, and more.

Potential career opportunities for graduates of the online MPA in Spatial Analysis:

  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Public Works Director
  • Public Policy Analyst

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Urban and regional planners have a critical role in the building of communities. These professionals produce land management plans and work with local communities and government officials to ensure developments meet the needs of local populations. People who work as urban and regional planners must be skilled in research, data analysis, and collaboration.

Career Outlook

Curriculum: Courses in Spatial Analysis

Through 12 credit hours of study, you will gain an advanced level of understanding for geographic information systems and geographical analysis.

Course Spotlight: GEO 560 Geographic Information Systems and Cartography

This course focuses on geographic information systems (GIS) and the art and science of mapping for spatial analysis. Map-design techniques and visual communication using GIS vector and raster data forms will be explored, as well as a variety of methods for analyzing spatial relationships. Topics include those of the physical world and landscape, social justice, poverty, and a significant end-of-semester project. This course has a lecture and lab component, and lab work will give practical experience to students using the ArcGIS suite. Students will complete a GIS project tailored to their disciplinary interest.

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Course Spotlight: GEO 563 Spatial Demographics

This course provides an introduction to demography and geographical analysis. Specific attention is given to the study of social, economic, and health statistics as they change over time and space, which illustrate the changing structure of human populations. Readings in demographic research and a GIS-based semester project will comprise the second half of the course.

More Specialization Options

Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPA): Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement Concentration

The online MPA Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement concentration is designed to produce highly qualified graduates equipped with skills in community leadership, economic and community development, and transformational self-leadership.

Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPA): State and Local Government Administration Concentration

The online MPA with a concentration in State and Local Government Administration explores topics in public management, economic and community development, and local politics to equip students with the skills necessary to become transformational community leaders.

Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPA): Organizational Leadership Concentration

The online MPA with an Organizational Leadership concentration provides managerial knowledge and leadership skills to help public and nonprofit administrators make a positive impact in their communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

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No, the MPA does not require an entrance exam. Learn more about admission to the program.

Prior work experience is not required. Explore admission to the program.

You can complete the program in as little as two to three years. The concentration requires 12 credit hours, which can be completed within the 36 credit hours necessary to earn an MPA. To learn more about the curriculum, view our courses page.

No field hours are required to complete the MPA concentrations. For more information on our curriculum, visit our courses page.

The MPA program is only available online. This allows you to study in the times and locations best for you throughout the entire program without any requirements to come to campus.

Tuition is $660 per credit hour. To complete the MPA, you’ll need 36 credit hours for a total tuition of $23,760. Your concentration will fulfill 12 of these credit hours. Review our tuition page for more information.

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