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. If one of the courses has been waived due to previous course work or acquired skills, students are required to take an appropriate replacement course as specified by the graduate coordinator in consultation with the MSSI graduate faculty.
Unless students know positively that they will not pursue a full master’s degree online, students desiring to acquire the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems should apply for formal admission to the MS Spatial Informatics (MSSI) program. If a student is unable to complete the full MS within a reasonable period of time, the student may request of the graduate coordinator that they be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems upon completing the 5-course certificate requirement in lieu of completing the MSSI. Up to two graduate courses may be taken as a Non-degree Student prior to formal admission. Students desiring only the Graduate Certificate should complete that application instead.