Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
|Also available 100% Online||Yes|
|Credits Required for Graduation||18|
|Entry Terms||Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter|
|Meets International Visa Requirements||No|
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.
NOTE: Due to website maintenance, course links are temporarily redirecting to the Northeastern University Registrar website. Please use that tool to locate class schedules.
Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2016 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal. Please consult your advisor with any questions.
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 6320||Use and Applications of Free and Open-Source GIS Desktop Software||3 q.h.|
|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.|
Required minimum credit hours: 18 q.h.
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.
Estimated total tuition for this program is $11,628.00.
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 2016-17 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.