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Graduate Certificate in GIS

The 15-credit online graduate certificate in GIS provides advanced rigorous training in the core of geospatial science at your own pace. Graduate students from across graduate disciplines can apply this training to their research, and working professionals can advance their careers without committing to a full graduate degree. Students wishing to continue into a master’s degree in GIS&T can apply these credits towards our online professional M.S. This GIS certificate gives you the training you need to apply geospatial science to a range of disciplines, including natural resource management, energy, wildlife management, ecology, planning, economics, business, and many others.


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Courses you will take:

The graduate certificate in GIS is a 15-credit credential that include 2 core courses in GIS&T foundations and spatial modeling and analysis, and 9 elective GIST credits that can be chosen from our graduate GIST courses or can include applied geospatial courses from other UW departments with approval. These electives allow you to focus your training on topics relevant to your studies or career. This certificate can be completed in one year or on your own timeline. 

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Modern GIS is used across disciplines, and this certificate gives you the training to apply geospatial tools in different ways to research or your career. Academic institutions, local, state, and federal agencies, and private industry all need trained GIS professional to address place-based problems. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 19% growth in GIS jobs from 2016-2026, a growth rate higher than the average (7.5%) for other professions.

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Contact our program advisor:
Ken Driese

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