Geographic Information Science Certificate

Program Director: 
Dr. Baker Perry
Program Director Email: 
Geography & Planning
Department Chair: 
Dr. Kathleen Schroeder
College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Neva Specht
Program Overview

The Department of Geography and Planning offers the MA degree in Geography and graduate certificates in GIScience and in Planning.

Program Highlights:

  • The GIScience certificate coursework is designed to provide students who do not wish to earn an entire master's degree - or who already have the master's - with the opportunity to gain skills in geographic information science and technology,
  • The certificate requires 12 hours of coursework, and is usually completed while enrolled in a degree program.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure:
Students pursuing the graduate certificate in GIScience are eligible for federal financial aid, provided they take at least 5 hours (1/2 time enrollment) in a semester.

Under the Code of Federal Regulations 668.6B, we are providing THIS INFORMATION to prospective students seeking ONLY the certificate (not simultaneously with a degree) to help you make informed decisions about this program, which does not lead to a degree.

Location of Instruction: 
On campus
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Application Essentials
Required Entrance Exam: 
GRE (score must be no more than 5 years old)
Required number of references to specify in the online form: 
Supplemental Information: 

Resume (Required upload for application submission); letter addressing reasons why applicant wishes to enter the program, not to exceed two pages stating reasons why applicant wishes to enter the program (upload on the Additional Information page in the online application)

Deadlines for Application: 

Priority screening dates are listed in parentheses, if applicable. Applications that are not complete by the priority screening date risk denial of admission due to no seats available.

  • Spring: 11/1
  • Summer Session 1: x
  • Summer Session 2: x
  • Fall: 7/1 (2/15)
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: 

Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages.

Admission to GIScience: The faculty will give preference to applicants who meet or exceed the following: An undergraduate GPA at or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and at least one score on the GRE (V, Q , or A) at or above the 50th percentile.