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Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science

Geographic Information Science involves the mapping and analysis of data to inform decision making. This evolving industry encompasses countless applications in a huge range of fields. From archaeology to criminology, and from emergency response to marketing, GIS plays a critical role in the operation and advancement of our society.

If you’re looking for a thorough background in GIS theory and use (perhaps to pursue professional certification) but are not seeking a degree, the GIS Certificate Program is a good fit for you. Our innovative curriculum provides you with broad exposure to the principles and applications of GIS and provides practical exposure to:

  • Hardware and software used in GIS
  • Planning and construction of spatial databases
  • GIS analyses
  • Representation of data in both mapped and tabular form


The GIS Certificate Program consists of any 18 credits of approved graduate technology courses. These courses can be taken concurrently with the master’s degree or applied (pending petition approval) to a graduate degree at a later date. If taken as pass/no credit courses, they may not be applied to a graduate degree, but they will count toward a certificate. Credits for previous learning and/or work experience are not applicable toward the graduate certificate. The GIS Certificate is customized for each individual participant. Learners, along with their Faculty Advisor, select courses from the Required GIS Courses and Elective GIS Courses to augment the skill set of the student.

Professional GIS Certification

The GIS Certification Institute and Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) require advanced education for professional GIS certification. Both of these organizations allow application of credits with an accredited institution to satisfy a significant portion of the points needed to meet certification requirements. Requirements for the certificate have been designed to parallel skills needed by GIS professionals.

To receive professional GIS certification, students must:

  • Complete 18 credit hours of GIS coursework with a passing grade
  • Have an earned bachelor’s degree

Degree Requirements

Gainful Employment Information

Effective July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education requires institutions with non-degree programs defined as “Gainful Employment programs” to disclose certain information about these programs.

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science Gainful Employment Report


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