Graduate Certificate in GIS


Student taking notes and studying GIS


The demand for geospatial science skills is growing across many disciplines and industries: scientific investigation, resource management, civil engineering, marketing, archeology, environmental research, urban planning, demography, development, policy, public health and emergency management, to name a few. The Graduate Certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) prepares students to work in these fields and more

In the certificate program, students use a combination of industry standard and open-source software in hands-on classes. They learn all aspects of GIS theory and practice, from the science of cartography and geographical statistical analysis to database design and geospatial modeling. All students in GIS classes also attend at least one Mapathon as part of their coursework.



Gloriana Sojo Lara

Gloriana Sojo Lara

GIS Certificate ’16

"I was able to go to Central America and different parts of D.C. to work with undocumented immigrants. This on-the-ground experience made me a strong candidate for research positions."

Course Requirements

All students are expected to complete the program in two years (four semesters), although it is possible to do so in one year.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits, including 6 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses.

GEOG 6304Geographical Information Systems I
GEOG 6305Geospatial Statistics
Two of the following:
GEOG 6303Introduction to Remote Sensing
GEOG 6306Geographical Information Systems II
GEOG 6307Digital Image Processing
GEOG 6308Programming for Geospatial Applications
GEOG 6309GIS for Emergency Management
GEOG 6310Geovisualization and Cartography
GEOG 6311Open Source Solutions for Geospatial Project Management