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Graduate Certificate in GIS

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.


Courses you will take:

The graduate certificate in GIS is a 15-credit credential that includes 3 core courses in a) Database Design and Management,  b) Advanced Programming in Spatial Sciences, and c) Spatial Modeling and Analysis, & 6 elective GIST credits that can be chosen from the University of Wyoming GIS&T Catalog page 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.

*** If you enrolled in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 please follow the 2020 - 2021 (old) catalog. If you enrolled in Fall 2021 or later please follow the 2021 - 2022 catalog. 



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 professionals to address place-based problems. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 19% growth in GIS jobs from 2016-2026, a growth rate higher than the average (7.5%) for other professions.

Have questions or want
to find out more?

Contact our program advisor:
Beth McMillan

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