Certificate of Advanced Study in GIS Tools and Technology

Many GIS professionals are interested in the “nuts and bolts” that make GIS software, data, and applications work. In this specialized graduate certificate, you will focus on tools that are integral to building databases, customizing applications, streamlining spatial data processing workflows, and publishing maps and services to the web.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
January 8
Online or HyFlex
Term Length
10 Weeks or 5 Weeks
4 Course Certificate
As few as 6 months
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Skills You'll Learn

Write scripts that automate redundant tasks and GIS workflows

Design and implement geodatabases

Create a working website using different technologies


Specialized Graduate Certificate in Certificate of Advanced Study in GIS Tools and Technology 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

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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 Tools and Technology

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 will account for the highest percentage of job postings (Indeed, 2018).

Possessing python programming skills will help you stand out, according to GIS Geography. GIS Lounge found that many large companies such as Esri are embracing Python because of its easy language and widespread use.

Job Titles

GIS Developer
GIS Programmer
GIS Analyst
GIS Specialist

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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