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Certificate of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

University College offers the region’s first complete graduate certificate program in Geographic Information Systems—available entirely online. You’ll receive hands-on experiences in executing GIS projects using remote sensing, internet mapping, and digital image processing. After earning your certificate, speak to an advisor about how to move into the GIS master’s degree (MSGISc) offered through the Department of Geography and the Environment.

Earn a graduate degree and certificate at the same time.

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Top-ranked, career-focused education in a flexible format.

At a Glance

Classes Begin
September 9

Term Length
10 Weeks

6 Course Certificate


Asynchronous and Hybrid Online


As few as 12 months

Top-Ranked University

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

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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

Plan, implement, and execute a GIS project from start to finish

Solve real-world problems using the latest GIS technology

Produce typical GIS mapping products using cartographic design


Graduate Certificate in Certificate of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses)


Concentration Courses


Elective Courses

Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

GIS 4101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GIS 4504 Cartography and Geovisualization
Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Geographic Information Systems program include:

GIS 4007 Creative Problem Solving and Programming Concepts
GIS 4080 Python Programming in GIS
GIS 4085 Python Programming II
GIS 4100 Geospatial Technologies
GIS 4110 Geographic Statistics
GIS 4200 Geospatial Intelligence
GIS 4510 GIS in Business
GIS 4520 GIS in Telecommunications
GIS 4530 Crime Mapping
GIS 4540 Conservation GIS
GIS 4570 GIS in Public Health
GIS 4610 Open Source GIS
GIS 4620 Geodatabase Application
GIS 4630 Public Domain Data for GIS
GIS 4650 Demographic Analysis Using GIS
GIS 4655 Community Intel
GIS 4660 GIS in Municipal Government
GIS 4670 GIS and the Law
GIS 4680 Environmental Applications
GIS 4683 GIS for Disaster Management
GIS 4685 GIS and Natural Hazards
GIS 4687 Hydrologic Modeling in GIS
GIS 4690 GPS for GIS
GIS 4700 Remote Sensing I
GIS 4701 Topics in Geographic Information Systems
GIS 4740 Remote Sensing II
GIS 4750 UAS for GIS
GIS 4760 UAS Photogrammetry
GIS 4770 UAS Ground School Practical
GIS 4860 Web GIS

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

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.

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Sample Schedule

Plan your schedule to complete your graduate certificate. Finish quickly in just six months or take up to two years (four course certificate) or three years for a six-course certificate.

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6-Course Certificate Classes 3 3 0 0
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4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 2 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 2 0
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 1 1
6-Course Certificate Classes 1 2 2 1

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 Geographic
Information Systems (GIS)

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).

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

Job Titles

Geospatial Analyst
GIS Analyst
GIS Data Manager
GIS Developer

GIS Specialist
GIS Technician
Programming Lead
Systems Architect

Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists Salary: National Average



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“The certificate program is like a shortened version of a degree. It’s almost like a fast-track program to build up your skills.” —Kerry Shakarjian, graduate.

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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Higher Learning Commission

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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