Master of Science in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems

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). For more details on this program, click here.

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 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, team work and leadership skills.
  • Produce scientific research related to the applications of remote sensing and GIS.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 30 hours

Remote Sensing and GIS

Required Courses (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours
RGIS601Principles of Remote Sensing2.000
RGIS602Fundamentals of GIS3.000
RGIS603Digital Image Processing in RS3.000
RGIS604Spatial Analysis Using GIS3.000
RGIS605Local & Web Based Services GIS2.000
RGIS606Database Management Systems2.000
RGIS607Seminar on Management Issues in RS&GIS1.000

Elective Courses - 6CH for Thesis option and 12CH for Non-Thesis option (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOE625Coastal Management2.000
RGIS610Spatial Data Collection2.000
RGIS611Advanced Remote Sensing2.000
RGIS612Satellite Positioning2.000
RGIS613Software Engineering for GIS2.000
RGIS614Selected Topics2.000
RGIS615Project Management2.000
RGIS616Transport Applications of GIS2.000
RGIS617Urban and Environmental Applications of Remote sensing and GIS2.000
RGIS618Remote Sensing and GIS for Petroleum2.000


Thesis or Capstone

Required Courses (Min CH:4 and Max CH:6) (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
RGIS620Capstone  10.000 - 4.000
RGIS630Thesis  20.000 - 6.000
1 : Required for Non-Thesis
2 : Required for Thesis