Geographic Information Systems Certificate of Advanced Study - Online
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 Professional Science Masters 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.
The Relationship Between the GIS Certificate of Advanced Study and the Professional Science Masters (PSM) 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 PSM in Water Resource Management. However, one of the four GIS certificate courses counts towards requirements in the PSM degree program, should a student elect to switch into the PSM program. Such an action would disqualify the student from obtaining the Certificate but would recognize this graduate course toward the PSM program. The PSM in Water Resource Management is currently under development and is not available until the program receives final approval from Fresno State, The California State University, and WASC accreditation. To join the mailing list, click here.