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The Geographic Information Systems graduate certificate is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. University College offers the region's first complete graduate certificate program in Geographic Information Systems. Designed and delivered for busy adults, the Geographic Information Systems graduate certificate helps professionals add to their skillset with technology skills that help solve real−world problems related to GIS.

Certificate students receive applied instruction from professional practitioners who work in the fields they teach as they learn to plan, implement, and execute a GIS project through remote sensing, internet mapping, or digital image processing. The GIS certificate allows students to explore training fundamentals at a very hands−on, applied level necessary to succeed in the field.

Gain a contextual background in GIS, from the management of natural resources to public utility management, public works engineering, environmental impact assessment, and even market research. In a burgeoning integrative world, it is vital to grasp the diverse fundamentals of each topic within the Geographic Information Systems industry and gain an insider's perspective to specific fields as they each relate to GIS training. Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Geographic Information Systems or Information and Communications Technology.

Geographic Information Systems Outcomes

This program prepares students to:

  • Understand the nature of geographic data
  • Recognize appropriate applications of GIS technology to solve spatial problems
  • Be able to apply GIS technology to solve real-world problems
  • Be able to plan, implement, and execute a GIS project

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at http://www.du.edu/learn/certificates/disclosure/gis.html


Required Courses

The graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).

Concentration courses - 8 qtr. hrs

Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.


Elective courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Geographic Information Systems programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

After you submit your academic plan, your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Popular electives for students pursuing Geographic Information Systems programs include:

Additional Elective courses available, please Design your custom plan for elective courses


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Careers in Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Titles
Geoscientist, Geospatial Analyst, GIS Analyst, GIS Data Manager, GIS Developer, GIS Specialist, GIS Technician, Programming Lead, Project Manager, Systems Architect

Responsibilities
Content management, coordination, mapping, design, development, management, research, idea generation, servers maintenance, troubleshooting, mapping.

Outlook
According to a report by US News and World Report, GIS is considered one of the fastest growing industries in America with an annual rate of growth at nearly 35%. The increasing popularity of GIS products such as Google Maps, the integration of location-based services on smartphones and tablets, and the prominence of maps in social media has brought the field of GIS to the forefront of technology. With the expected worldwide GIS industry expenditure to reach $10.6 billion in 2015 and the increasing interest in new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology, career growth in this field is not likely to curtail anytime in the near future.

Careers In Geographic Information Systems

Locate your dream job.
Employment for geographers is expected to grow 35% through 2020, much faster than the average especially for the professional, scientific, and technical services industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Governmental agencies provide for about 15% of surveying, cartography, and photogrammetrist jobs-primarily in Virginia, Maryland, and the D.C. area. Most GIS positions in the private sector require a master's degree.

It's all about innovation!
Future GIS professionals will need to learn to navigate and manage a culture of change within the industry as Geographic Information Systems continue to evolve and innovate, according to the 2013 industry outlook by GeoPlace.com. A rising need for professionals with technological and management experience or education is expected, as job-seekers need to demonstrate a comprehensive range of skills in this changing job market, from geographic information systems to information and communication technologies, project management to leadership acumen.

Where are they now?
GIS graduates hold job titles such as Software Engineer, GIS Analyst, Engineer III, Analyst, Research Coordinator, and Systems Security Engineer for companies and organizations including Raytheon, Visa, Flight Safety Corp., General Dynamics, Pass Time, Clayton Holdings, Jones International, and the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

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