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Level of qualification
  • Master
Duration of study
  • 4 Semester
ECTS credits
  • 120
Mode of study
  • full-time
Tuition fees
  • € 363,36
ÖH (Austrian Student Union) fee
  • € 20,20
Qualification awarded
  • Master of Science in Engineering
Language of instruction
  • English

SPATIAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT is a 2 year graduate program at the School of Geoinformation. Spatial Information Management is offering a universal solution framework for many fields of application areas like Natural Hazards Risk Management, Site Potential Analysis, Infrastructure Planning, Water Resource Management or Traffic Simulation and Modeling. We educate “spatially aware” experts and professionals for the international market. Our graduates provide fast, up-to-date and accurate integration, analysis, simulation and visualization of the relevant spatial situation to stake holders and decision makers.

Our research topics cover “GIS & Decision Support”, “Location-Based Systems Solutions” and “Innovation & Technology Management”. The program is dedicated to expose students to applied research by solving real world and socially relevant problems with innovative geospatial methods and techniques. Therefore, most of the thesis projects are conducted in cooperation with our partners in public administration, academia and the private sector providing excellent international career opportunities for our graduates.

During my Bachelor studies at the University of Udine I came to realize how great the additional value of Geoinformation Systems is. During an internship I worked with environmental data at a municipality. It soon became clear that Spatial Decision Support Systems were necessary to look at problems in a holistic way in order to solve them. With this unique master program in Villach I have found exactly the kind of education that allows me to learn these necessary skills.

My motivation in joining the Spatial Information Management (SIM) program was borne out of practicality and interest. This is a multi-disciplinary field in terms of scope and application. I believe that an expert in this field will not run out of job opportunities. For my undergraduate studies, I majored in Electronics and Communications Engineering. SIM is a new field for me. I am always fascinated that I learn something new after every class. I find the methods used for each course very intuitive, practical and relevant to the study. Added bonuses are my classmates who come from different parts of the world to study here. It is interesting to learn about their culture and how similar and different theirs are to mine. I am just happy to be here, I bet they are, too.

Associate Professor Department of Geography and
Anthropology Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA

The analysis of personal digital data plays a vital role in decision support. It affects the planning of action in the health sector and in the fight against crime. Treating sensitive data responsibly and visualizing it accurately while protecting privacy rights of the individual is gaining more and more importance, especially in the USA. My lectures at the Department of Geoinformation provide insight into the US American developments and the State of the Art of international research in this field.


I discovered the program during an open FH day which we have visited with my former school. As I have always been interested in geography and informatics, I instantly decided that it is the right choice for me. After five years at the University of Applied Sciences and another five years working as a spatial software developer, I am still convinced that I have selected the right education as I really enjoy working with all kinds of spatial data and that the SIM program can give you a good foundation for the future.

Summer 2016 was very special for me because I graduated from the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS, Villach, Austria). I studied the Master degree program “Spatial Information Management” there for two years, under the gSmart Erasmus Mundus scholarship. This degree opened good job opportunities for me in my home city Astana, Kazakhstan. I returned to Astana in September 2016 and continued working in the Department of Civil Engineering at L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University in the position of Acting Associate Professor. My duties involve lecturing and supervision of several students doing their Bachelor, Master and PhD theses. So far nine Bachelor and five Master students graduated under my supervision. One PhD student is expected to graduate in 2019. Ever since my return I have been working on improving my skills and broaden my knowledge to become a good lecturer and researcher. In October 2016, I was invited to join the biggest construction company of Kazakhstan, the BI Group. At that time BI Group opened a completely new corporate Research and Development (R&D) Center for Kazakhstan, where I was hired as an expert. In this R&D Center, my colleagues and I investigated and tested different technological solutions like BIM, GIS, CIS, 3D printing, 3D scanning, photogrammetry, Internet of Things, Big Data, Smart House, Drones, UAVs, use of robots, etc.. Most of these technologies have been familiar to me from the lectures I attended at CUAS. Besides the technology transfer into BI Group, my colleagues and I developed and patented a new type of concrete with short period of hardening, new type of concrete mixture for a 3D printer, and method of pouring concrete. The excitement of developing something new motivated me to apply in 2017 for a three year funding from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan for a research project related to the new types of concrete. I was awarded this project and I am currently leading it as a Project Manager. Upon finishing the work for the BI Group, I was hired by one of the largest consulting companies in Kazakhstan, the “Center for Strategic Initiatives” (CSI), as junior partner. My focus in the current job is also related to the technological solutions, new developments, research and analytics. Working at CSI is very exciting and promising for me. Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to the gSmart Erasmus Mundus program and their coordinators for giving me the opportunity to study Masters in CUAS. My special “thankyou” goes to the coordinator of study program, Prof. Dr. Gernot Paulus and all CUAS staff. Their excellent lectures and valuable knowledge have facilitated me in my career and life.

Yelbek Utepov, PhD, MSc (Kazakhstan) - Alumni Spatial Information Management 

Gabriele Richardson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in 2011 and joined the Louisiana State University community afterwards as a research associate. She worked in the Geography and Anthropology Department on multiple grants for the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation, and The Historic New Orleans Collection, partially as co-P.I. with Jay Edwards, on the history of New Orleans buildings and house types. She started 2013 with her Ph.D. program in Geography and Anthropology (their first student entering directly into the Ph.D. program in some years) on a Pruitt Fellowship and took several additional courses at the Louisiana State University Medical School to understand basic epidemiological principles and methods and courses in Architecture at Tulane University, both in New Orleans. The research in her dissertation, awarded in May 2018, was on historical medical geography, “Ethnicity, climate, and house types as mortality factors in the New Orleans’ 1878 yellow fever outbreak”. The last two years she has also worked on another, unrelated project in historical geography, mapping the changes over time of the Inns of Chancery, law institutions in London, covering the years 1292 to c. 1470. The maps she created, the first-ever georeferenced maps of the London law schools in that period, show patterns of ownership and management of the legal inns and suggest a new narrative of an important chapter in the history of the English legal profession. The maps are currently being used by the Historic Towns Trust in Oxford, and with her co-author she presented a seminar on the legal inns in May 2017 at the Institute of Historic Research at the University of London as well as at other venues that spring. In the last two academic years she has been a very successful teacher of the introductory Geography courses. Her research interests are in Medical and Historical Geography, GIS, Vernacular Architecture, Epidemiology, and Computer Science.

Gabriele Richardson
International success with geoinformatics - PhD @ Louisiana State University

  • Application deadline:

    Periode I:   01.10.19 - 15.03.20
    Periode II: 16.03.20 - 15.05.20

    For Applicants from European Countries or Applicants with valid Residence Permit in Austria additionally:

    Periode III: 16.03.20 - 15.07.20
    Periode IV: 16.07.20 - 30.09.20

  • Study start:

    The semester starts on 1st October 2019.

  • Teaching time:

    Monday – Friday from 13:30

    Saturday full-time

  • Events:

    FH DAY 31.01.2020
    9-14 h
    Campus Villach

    06.03. & 08.05.2020
    15-19 h
    Campus Villach I Spittal I Feldkirchen I Klagenfurt

    Second tuesday of the month
    14-18 h
    Campus Villach

    10.12.2019 I 14.04.2020 I 14.07.2020

Virtual Tour


My name is Elizabeth Maggauer-Hoffmann and I’m a member of the administrative staff of the Engineering & IT department of CUAS. I’m in charge of administrating the international Master Programs of our department. One of them is the Spatial Information Management Master program. My work comprises all issues of a student’s life from admission to graduation.

Carinthia University
of Applied Sciences

School of Geoinformation

Europastrasse 4
9524 Villach
+43 (0)5 90500-2003