MPS Course Schedule

Courses are offered in four 12-week terms per year. We use the quarter system instead of the semester system because most students in the program work full-time and can concentrate and learn much better if taking only 1 or 2 classes at a time.

The MPS schedule for the current academic year (2017 to 2018) is as follows:

Calendar 2017-2018Dates
Fall 2017August 28, 2017 (Monday) – November 17, 2017 (12 weeks)
Labor Day HolidaySeptember 4, 2017 (Monday)
Winter 2018 RegistrationOctober 24, 2017
Winter 2018November 27, 2017 (Monday) – December 22, 2017 (4 weeks)
Winter BreakDecember 23, 2017 – January 1, 2018 (1 week)
Winter 2018 (continued)January 2, 2018 (Tuesday) – February 16, 2018 (7 weeks)
Dr. Martin Luther King HolidayJanuary 15, 2018 (Monday)
Spring 2018 RegistrationNovember 2, 2017
Spring 2018February 26, 2018 (Monday) – March 16, 2018 (3 weeks)
Spring BreakMarch 17, 2018 – March 25, 2018 (1 week)
Spring 2018 (continued)March 26, 2018 (Monday) – May 18, 2018 (8 weeks)
CommencementMay 19, 2018 – May 21, 2018
Summer 2018 RegistrationFebruary 28, 2018
Summer 2018May 29, 2018 (Tuesday) – August 17, 2018 (12 weeks)
Independence Day HolidayJuly 4, 2018 (Wednesday)
Fall 2018 RegistrationMarch 30, 2018

Note: Students have until the first day of classes to register without penalty after which students will be subject to the office of registrar non-standard course refund policy found on the resources page: http://registrar.umd.edu/current/registration/non-standard.htm.

For the previous academic year (2016 to 2017) click here.


The following courses adhere to the old 10-week calendar:

Summer 2017

  1. GEOG579C (Introduction to Computer Programming): Mondays (Lecture), Tuesdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm (2 Credits), 06/05/17-07/14/17
  2. GEOG651 (Spatial Statistics): Mondays (Lecture), Tuesdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm, 06/05/17-08/11/17
  3. GEOG656 (Programming and Scripting for GIS): Wednesdays (Lecture), Thursdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm, 06/05/17-08/11/17
  4. GEOG795 (Professional Seminars): Mondays (Lecture), 5:30-8pm (1 Credit), 06/05/17-07/07/17
  5. GEOG796 (GIS Project Management): Wednesdays (Lecture), Thursdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm, 06/05/17-08/11/17
  6. GEOG788A (Open Source GIS): Wednesdays (Lecture), 5:30pm-8:30pm (Lab) TBA, Web Online, 06/05/17-08/11/17

The following courses adhere to the new 12-week calendar:

Fall 2017

  1. Geog653 (Spatial Analysis): Mondays (Lecture), Tuesdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm, 08/28/17-11/17/17
  2. Geog652 (Digital Image Processing and Analysis): Wednesdays (Lecture), Thursdays (Lab), 6:30-9pm, 08/28/17-11/17/17
  3. Geog650 (Mobile GIS): Mondays (Lecture), Tuesdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm, 08/28/17-11/17/17
  4. Geog654 (GIS and Spatial Modeling): Wednesdays (Lecture), Thursdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm, 08/28/17-11/17/17
  5. Geog797 (Capstone-Professional Project): Mondays (Lecture), 5:30-8pm, 08/28/17-11/17/17

Winter 2018

  1. Geog651 (Spatial Statistics): Wednesdays (Lecture), Thursdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm, 11/27/17-02/16/18
  2. Geog656 (Programming and Scripting for GIS): Mondays (Lecture), Tuesdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm, 11/27/17-02/16/18
  3. Geog660 (Advanced Remote Sensing Using Lidar: Wednesdays (Lecture), Thursdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm, 11/27/17-02/16/18
  4. Geog677 (Internet GIS): Monday (Lecture), Tuesdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm, 11/27/17-02/16/18

Spring 2018

  1. Geog653 (Spatial Analysis): Wednesdays (Lecture), Thursdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm, 02/26/18-05/18/18
  2. Geog655 (Spatial Database Systems): Wednesdays (Lecture), Thursdays (Lab), 6:30-9pm, 02/26/18-05/18/18
  3. Geog657 (Web Programming): Mondays (Lecture), Tuesdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm, 02/26/18-05/18/18
  4. Geog797 (Capstone-Professional Project): Mondays (Lecture), 5:30-8pm, 02/26/18-05/18/18


GEOG660: Lidar Remote Sensing