GIS is an exciting and fast-growing field with a broad range of applications. It is a discipline that combines cartography, spatial analysis, and data management. GIS is recognized as a powerful means of dealing with information stored on maps, with many applications in resource and environmental management, business and marketing, urban and regional planning, environmental impact assessment, terrain and environment modeling, and policy assessment compliance. The 18-credit hour certificate program gives students cutting-edge technical skills which they can immediately apply in the workplace.

Graduate students and non-degree-seeking graduate students may apply to the Graduate Certificate Program.

The department's graduate certificate program can be completed in a single year. Classes are held in equipped Smart Classrooms on campus. The Department maintains a dedicated GIS Lab for student use and a second Advanced GIS Lab for special GIS projects. Classes are generally held in the evening.

In the program, students are required to complete four core courses and two electives.

Credit hours required: 18


The program admits students for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

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Career Options

The Geographic Information Science certificate leads to careers in government, industry and non-profit organizations, such as:

  • GIS technician/specialist
  • GIS and remote sensing analyst
  • GIS coordinator and manager
  • cartographer
  • research analyst
  • urban and regional planner

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Geographic Information Science (GIS) graduate certificate and the courses offered in the program.

Geographic Information Science (GIS), Certificate

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Geography and Environmental Studies at (773) 442-5640 or

Geography and Environmental Studies Department Homepage

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