In September 2019, the University of Maryland and Nanjing Normal University changed the name of their combined Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Information Sciences (MPSGIS) to the Master of Science in Geospatial Information Sciences, or MSGIS (OIEP has co-managed this program since its launch 2016).
Explaining the significance of the new name, MSGIS program director Dr. Jack (Jianguo) Ma commented:
"With this change, our MSGIS program is now officially designated as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program, which is beneficial to both domestic and international students. For our domestic students, STEM status will make them eligible to apply for certain scholarships and also enhance their professional opportunities. For international students, they will be eligible to apply for 24-month extension in addition to the 12-month Optional Practical Training (OPT), which will improve their career prospects. The success of our students will, in turn, help strengthen the academic reputations of the MSGIS program and the University of Maryland."