GIS in Public Safety

How do we protect against threats that challenge the safety of our communities? GIS provides the tools we need to assess threats and plan for safety and continuity. This specialized GIS graduate certificate challenges you to examine health and safety in your community and apply tools and analytical techniques to understand and mitigate issues affecting public safety.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
June 12
Online or HyFlex
Term Length
10 Weeks or 5 Weeks
4 Course Certificate
As few as 6 months
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Free Application

University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You'll Learn

Analyze the spread of contagious diseases and availability of health facilities using GIS technology

Provide strategic, tactical, and administrative crime analysis

Use GIS data to help make decisions in the public safety sector


Specialized Graduate Certificate in Certificate of Advanced Study in GIS in Public Safety requires completion of 16 credit hours (4 courses).

All students are required to complete a zero-credit Student Success Course.

Concentration Courses

Sample Schedule

Finish a graduate certificate in as few as six months or take up to a year. Choose your time to completion to get a better sense of what your schedule will look like during your certificate program. Note this sample schedule is for the four-course Graduate Certificate.

Time to Completion
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Classes 2 2 0 0

Take a Course Before You Apply

We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of GIS in Public Safety

Public health is a growing field, with recent events highlighting its crucial value, and GIS play an important role.

The geospatial market is experiencing growth at an annual rate of nearly 35%, according to the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA).

According to Esri, geographer roles will continue to have dramatic growth, with job openings projected to increase nearly 30% in the next few years. GIS developers and managers will account for the highest percentage of job postings (Indeed, 2018).

Job Titles

Crime Analyst
GIS Specialist
Public Safety Specialist
Health GIS Analyst
GIS Technician

GIS Specialist Salary: National Average


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Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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