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Graduate Certificate in GIS

Online 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 GIST can apply these credits towards our online professional MS. 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.


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

Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate

This 15-credit graduate certificate gives you a rigorous academic credential in GIS that includes exposure to fundamental and advanced concepts and the chance to pursue your own interests with generous elective opportunities.

Required (9 Credits)

GIST5050 - Basics of Spatial Data Science Credits: 3

GIST5150 - Applied Geospatial Analytics: 3

GIST5220 - Spatial Modeling & Data Analysis Credits: 3

Electives (6 Credits)

Choose from other GIST 5000 -5999 courses (see MS courses) or approved interdisciplinary courses

Total: 15 Credits

For a full list of courses and descriptions, visit the University of Wyoming GIST Catalog page.


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.

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Contact our program advisor:
Beth McMillan

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