Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

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Credits Required for Graduation 18
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements No

Overview

A Geographic Information System (GIS) combines layers of data to give needed information on specific locations. Such a system can map environmental sensitivities or geological features, or can report on how best to speed emergency personnel to an accident or crime scene. Current fields using GIS include healthcare, public safety, environmental management, transportation and operations technology, real estate, and public utilities.

The Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate program provides hands-on training to give students the necessary skills and understanding to apply GIS competently and effectively. As a result of the certificate curriculum, students will be well versed in GIS theory, will have practical hands-on exposure to GIS software and hardware, will understand the representation of data in both mapped and tabular forms, and will know how to plan and construct spatial databases.

The courses in this certificate may be applied to the Master of Professional Studies in Geographic Information Technology.


Curriculum

Required Courses (12 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

GIS 5101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 q.h.
GIS 5102 Fundamentals of GIS Analysis 3 q.h.
RMS 5105 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing 3 q.h.
GIS 5201 Advanced Spatial Analysis 3 q.h.


Elective Courses (6 q.h.)

Choose two of the following courses:

GIS 6340 GIS Customization 3 q.h.
GIS 6350 GIS Management and Implementation 3 q.h.
GIS 6360 Spatial Databases 3 q.h.
GIS 6370 Internet-Based GIS 3 q.h.
GIS 6385 GIS/Cartography 3 q.h.
GIS 6390 Business Applications for GIS 3 q.h.
GIS 6391 Health-Care Applications of Geographic Information Systems 3 q.h.
GIS 6394 Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action 3 q.h.
GIS 6395 Geospatial Analysis of Crime 3 q.h.
GIS 6396 GIS for Defense, Homeland Security, and Emergency Response 3 q.h.


Total Quarter Hours: 18


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $10,692.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2014-15 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

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