Geographic Information Systems

Graduate Certificate


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Study GIS Online with UW

Enrolling in our 15-credit online graduate certificate program will equip you with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental components within the field of GIS. This program provides students with the flexibility to tailor their education to align with their specific interests, thanks to an array of elective courses available.

By successfully completing this graduate certificate program, students not only gain valuable expertise in GIS but also position themselves for future career endeavors or the pursuit of an advanced master’s degree. This program serves as a stepping stone towards achieving your professional aspirations in this dynamic and evolving field.

What is Geographic Information Systems?

UW’s graduate certificate program helps students identify connections among data regarding physical locations. Using GIS, students can manage, analyze and interpret data to solve all kinds of spatial problems.

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Our faculty hold active roles in the GIS industry and conduct research regarding topics such as land use and infrastructure management.

Professor Jeff Hamerlinck serves as Director of the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center. He is also active in the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. One of his research interests is environmental planning.

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Online Learning At UW

The University of Wyoming provides a comprehensive range of fully-online and hybrid programs in addition to the online geographic information systems graduate certificate. They are equivalent to in-person programs in all the ways that matter – same learning expectations, same accreditation and your transcript doesn’t differentiate how you learned. Additionally, online learners have unique needs, and we provide a suite of academic and student resources tailored to help you succeed while at UW and after you graduate. 


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What can you do with a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems?

GIS is implemented in numerous disciplines that a graduate certificate can help you pursue a career in. Work is available in the public and private sectors for solving place-based issues. 

Geographic Information Systems Careers

  • Surveyor
  • Mapping Technician
  • Cartographer
  • Construction
  • Geographer



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GIS Program Highlights

Students still have access to many resources at UW while they pursue their graduate certificate in GIS online. There’s a lot to explore during the year-long plan of study. 


Learning Resources

From faculty with expertise in the industry to advanced desktop applications like ArcGIS Pro, students have everything they need for a world-class learning experience at their fingertips.

Asynchronous Courses

Our online structure accommodates students’ schedules as there is no set meeting time. This allows working professionals to successfully earn their certificate while fulfilling the demands of day-to-day life. 

Financial Support

There are various resources that can guide students in their search for scholarships and opportunities. Some employers provide assistance if students are seeking education for professional development.  

Networking & Student Groups

Several organizations gather students to network and learn about the industry including the Wyoming Chapter of Women in GIS. The group brings women together to network and find allies.

The asynchronous delivery of the GIS program at UW makes this a perfect certificate for busy professionals looking to expand their knowledge in geospatial technology and science.

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Department 4008, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2532