Applied Remote Sensing

Master Of Professional Science

Applied Remote Sensing Degree Track

The routine use of remote sensing techniques has become an indispensable element of many activities in our modern world. A huge variety of sensors on satellites, airplanes, unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”), and other platforms provide data for a variety of applications on a regular basis. From disaster response after hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and oil spills to monitoring ship traffic and floating sea ice, remote sensing technology enables us to acquire high-resolution satellite images of most areas in the world and to obtain near-real-time measurements of sea surface temperatures, currents, wave heights, wind speeds, atmospheric temperature profiles, clouds, aerosols, and more.

The MPS track “Applied Remote Sensing” offered by the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) and Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) is tailored to the needs of students who seek to gain theoretical knowledge and practical, real-world experiences geared towards a successful career in the field of remote sensing in both public and private sectors. This track is also appropriate for those already in the workforce who require additional training or are looking to expand upon their knowledge and skills. UM / RSMAS / CSTARS is one of the leading remote sensing institutions in the U.S., with direct access to data from many satellites and excellent connections to data users (and potential employers of the students) and partner institutions all over the world.

Students entering this track need to have a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Physics, Geosciences, or Engineering or an equivalent degree from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education. See Program Requirements for more details.

Applied Remote Sensing (ARS)

The MPS in “Applied Remote Sensing” offered by the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) and Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) is tailored to the needs of students who seek to gain theoretical knowledge and practical, real-world experiences geared towards a successful career in the field of remote sensing in both public and private sectors. This program is also appropriate for those already in the workforce who require additional training or are looking to expand upon their knowledge and skills.

Plan of Study Grid

Total Credit Hours30
FallCredit Hours
OCE 642Physics of Remote Sensing I: Passive Systems3
OCE 686Applied Remote Sensing3
RSM 612Statistics for Environmental Management/ OR Elective3
MGS 635Geological Hazards3
Credit Hours12
SpringCredit Hours
OCE 643Physics of Remote Sensing II: Active Systems 3
OCE 687Applied Radar Remote Sensing3
MES 660 + 661Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and GIS Laboratory (Can be taken in Fall or Spring) 3
OCE 624Applied Data Analysis/ OR Elective3
Credit Hours12
SummerCredit Hours
OCE 805MPS Internship6
Credit Hours6
Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

Course List

CodeTitleCredit Hours
ATM 731Air-Sea Interaction3
OCE 705Chemical Oceanography3
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MES 602Economics of Natural Resources3
MES 620Environmental Law and Policy3
MES 610Environmental Policy and the Environmental Impact Statement3
ATM 651Introduction to Atmospheric Science3
MES 616Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis3
MES 630Port Operations and Policy3
OCE 603Physical Oceanography3
MBE 615Tropical Marine Ecology3
MES 677Management and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems3
ATM 662Advance Weather Forecasting3
OCE 651Applied Ocean Acoustics and Marine Mammals 3
OCE 676Wave Propagation in the Ocean Environment3
OCE 790Mechanics and Thermodynamics of the Air-Sea Interface3
MES 633Decision Analysis: Natural Hazards and Catastrophes3
MGS 635Hydrological Hazards3
OCE 636Hurricanes3
For more details, visit the UM Bulletin