Graduate Certificate Program Summary
Geographic Information Science technology is having a tremendous impact on our world due to its capabilities for approaching complex problems of a multidisciplinary nature. The graduate level GIS certificate program addresses the needs of students and professional communities that require GIS education, training, and technology transfer. The program focus includes the issues of formal GIS education (basic knowledge and theory), provides students with hands-on training and exposure to technology (GIS technical training), provides students with problem-solving skills, and addresses the needs of professionals.
This certificate is for graduate students and professionals with a bachelor's degree and the desire for this additional certification. Prospective students must demonstrate that they have sufficient background in geography, basic statistics and "mapping sciences" to be able to succeed in graduate-level courses in GIScience. This proficiency should include knowledge of map reading, thematic mapping and air photo interpretation at least equivalent to what is provided in GEOG 217 or NRES 312. Proficiency can be demonstrated by completion of previous courses (as evident on transcripts), professional experience, letters of recommendation, or by passing a qualifying examination. If determined necessary by the student's certificate advisory committee, a prospective student may be required to complete GEOG 217, GEOG 312, GEOG 317 or other courses before full admittance to the certificate program.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee
- One set of transcripts uploaded to MyRED
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you hold an F1 visa: concurrent admission to a degree program, because a certificate alone is not sufficient for F1 status