Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems have become a common information management and analysis tool used across many academic disciplines, government agencies and businesses.  Students from diverse backgrounds may advance their career potential by building knowledge in this area.  Practitioners in business, industry and government may be interested in acquiring base skills in this area to keep up with changing information technology in their work environment. The graduate certificate program is designed to provide a foundation in key aspects of geographic information systems. The demand for specialists with geographic information system (GIS) and related geospatial information technology backgrounds continues to expand.

The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems is available to those students who complete fifteen credits of required courses under the MS Spatial Informatics graduate degree program.

All of the required courses should be available to the student through distance technologies at least once within any two-year period. Students may, as a general rule, view class videos and accomplish assignments at any time throughout a week in any of the offered program courses and have the weekly opportunity (or requirement) to participate in a one to two hour “live” discussion session at a mutually convenient time for distance class members prior to due dates for weekly assignments.

NOTE: If you are an international student who is interested in pursuing any of our graduate certificate programs, please contact Katy Blackmer BEFORE applying.

Degrees offered: Graduate Certificate

Program Format: On Campus or Online

Application deadline: Rolling

Test Required: None

Contact: Silvia Nittel & Kate Beard

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Program Website: Geographic Information Systems