Geographic Information Systems Certificate of Advanced Study - Online

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Meeting the Growing Need for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Skills in Today's Job Market

The Online Geographic Information Systems Certificate of Advanced Study with a focus in science and technology, and the Master of Science in Water Resource Management have been developed to meet the growing need for GIS skills in today’s job market.

What is GIS?

GIS is the process of using digital technology to help people evaluate spatial information. GIS professionals acquire, manage, analyze, visualize, and represent geospatial data, or information related to geographical locations. More about GIS.

Careers and Employment

Students completing this online program will gain vital competency relevant to today's workforce in the areas of geospatial information technology. An already large $5 billion U.S. market in GIScience technologies is projected to increase to $30 billion within the span of the next few years, even with the economic downturn. Read some projections regarding future employment opportunities.

Certificate Fees

The course fee is $525 per unit, or $1,575 per class. The total for the certificate is $6,300. Fees are payable upon registration for each class. Financial aid is not available for this program. Information on student loan programs can be found on the Financial Aid office website.

The Relationship Between the GIS Certificate of Advanced Study and the Master of Science in Water Resource Management

The GIS Certificate of Advanced Study is a stand-alone online certificate. Students are not required to be enrolled in the Master of Science in Water Resource Management (WRM). However, one of the four GIS certificate courses counts towards requirements in the WRM degree program, should a student elect to switch into the WRM program. Such an action would disqualify the student from obtaining the Certificate but would recognize this graduate course toward the WRM program.