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Professional Certificate in Geospatial Technology

This program has been discontinued and is not accepting applications at this time.

Geospatial Technology encompasses the discipline of gathering, storing, processing, and delivering geographic or spatially referenced information. The Professional Certificate in Geospatial Technology program provides working professionals (and others with an interest in geospatial technology) with hands-on exposure to the theories and applications of geospatial sciences. This certificate, which can now be completed entirely online, is offered in the form of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). A certificate is earned upon completion of 120 CEU units.

CEUs are intended to ensure that geospatial and technology enthusiasts have access to, and are provided with, opportunities to remain current with technology in the field of Geographic Information Systems and related geospatial technologies.

Program Structure

In order to determine the best course of study, it is recommended that you identify your field of interest and then determine if you want to earn undergraduate credit, graduate credit, or continuing education in that area. Please note: CEU credit cannot be converted into either undergraduate or graduate credits, and this is a terminal education experience.

We currently offer three different and sequential certificates:

Professional Certificate in Geospatial Technology – Foundations
Professional Certificate in Geospatial Technology – Advanced Engagements
Professional Certificate in Geospatial Technology – Excellence

Each certificate will require completion of 120 CEUs. One CEU will correspond with 10 hours of course time.

Program Delivery

Utilizing relationships with the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and the University of Mississippi’s Institute for Advanced Education in Geospatial Sciences (IAEGS), CEU geospatial courses will be provided through a distance delivery model, and courses are administered online. Courses will be offered as a Pass/No Credit option. To receive a passing grade, a learner must attain a cumulative score of 80% or better on all quizzes and exams.

2012 Program Costs

The cost of one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is $60.00, which brings the cost of one certificate to $7,200. CEUs are not transferable into graduate credits. Credits for previous learning and/or work experience are not applicable towards the CEU certificate.


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