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Certificate of Advanced Study in GIS and Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Gain insight into one of the fastest growing areas of GIS: the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, for mapping and analysis. In this specialized GIS graduate certificate, you’ll start by building your foundational knowledge in geographic information systems, then learn to operate UAS and the science behind preparing aerial photography collected from drone platforms for use in GIS.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
June 17

Term Length
10 Weeks

4 Course Certificate


Asynchronous and Hybrid Online


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

Cultivate a working knowledge for the safe and efficient use of UAS

Conduct several aircraft maneuvers while collecting data

Execute aerial mapping for use in GIS

Specialized Graduate Certificate in Certificate of Advanced Study in GIS and Unmanned Aircraft Systems requires completion of 16 credit hours (4 courses).


Concentration 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 4750 UAS for GIS
GIS 4760 UAS Photogrammetry
GIS 4770 UAS Ground School Practical
GIS 4690 GPS for GIS

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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.

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

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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 and
Unmanned Aircraft Systems

From helping to clean up environmental incidents to scouting for new
businesses, aerial imagery obtained via unmanned aircraft systems
can make an impact across industries.

Fill the skills gap! Drone pilots who specialize in GIS and mapping are
hard to come by, according to Market Watch, which indicates
specialization will keep you in high-demand.

The FAA estimates that by 2022, nearly half a million registered drones
will be in use in the United States, much of that for commercial use for
GIS purposes.

Job Titles

GIS and Drone Mapping Specialist
Aerial Survey Sensor Operator
GIS Technician

GIS Analyst
Aerial Geomatics Technician
Land Surveyor

GIS Specialist 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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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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