Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is eligible to apply to the Certificate Program?

The program is open to both post-baccalaureate students who wish to meet current or future job requirements in GIS and working professionals from the private and public sectors who wish to acquire technical expertise. Students who have earned a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 units are encouraged to apply.

When are the classes offered? Do I attend on-campus classes, or are they offered online?

This program is conducted completely online, offering convenience and flexibility for those employed full-time, as well as students wishing to continue their education at the graduate level. No on-campus class meetings are required. The next cohort begins in August, 2021. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2021 GIS program is August 1st, 2021.  How to Apply.

How long will it take me to complete the certificate requirements?

You may complete all four courses in two consecutive semesters.

How many units are required?

The Certificate consists of four, 3-unit classes for a total of 12 graduate units. 

What are the costs?

The per-unit fee is $525, 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. 

I have additional questions about the Certificate Program. Whom do I contact?

You may contact the program coordinator, Dr. Luke Wang, by emailing him at or you may call 559.278.4427. Email is the most efficient method of contacting Dr. Wang.

How will the GIS Certificate enhance my career or employment possibilities?

Students completing our programs will gain vital competency relevant to today's workforce in the areas of geospatial information technology. More about career and employment opportunities

Do I have to take courses in the Certificate Program in order to apply to the Master of Science in Water Resource Management?

Students who complete the Certificate will have satisfied all the prerequisites for admission to the Water Resource Management (WRM) Degree Program. Additionally, three units from the Certificate (EES 212) will apply toward the WRM degree.

Do I need a specific undergraduate degree as a prerequisite?

The Certificate program is open to individuals with a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited institution.