Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate of Advanced Study - Online

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The application period for the Fall 2020 cohort begins on November 1st, 2019. All application material must be submitted by August 1st, 2020. Click here for more information.

About the Certificate

With a focus in science and technology, the online Geographic Information Systems Certificate of Advanced Study has been developed to meet the growing need for GIS skills in today’s job market. Students will learn the principles and real-world applications of geographic information systems while building highly marketable job skills.

GIS is the process of using digital technology to help people evaluate spatial information. GIS professionals acquire, manage, analyze, visualize, and represent geospatial data, or information related to geographical locations. More about GIS.

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • Grasp the fundamentals of GIS theory
  • Understand how to design and manage spatial databases
  • Build and utilize spatial data models
  • Use GIS to greatly enhance decision-making in a variety of industries and organizations

Graduates of this program will enter the workforce with valuable STEM skills. An already large $10 billion market in GIS technology is projected to increase to nearly $20 billion within the next five years.

Fees & Financial Aid

The per-unit fee for this program is $525, or $1,575 per class. The total for the 12-unit certificate is $6,300. Fees are payable upon registration for each class. Financial aid is not available for this program. 

M.S. in Water Resource Management

The GIS Certificate is a standalone program, but prospective students may also be interested in the Master of Science in Water Resource Management. One of the four GIS certificate courses counts toward requirements in the Water Resource Management program. 

Learn More

Use the links to the right to learn more about this program.