Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) | Online

Program Type
Undergraduate Certificate (Online)
Undergraduate Certificate
Modes of Study

Full-time tuition

Online mode of study: $9,210 per year for in-state and $9,990 for out-of-state residents (based on 30 credit hours). Blended mode of study: tuition varies. See details and other costs

Credit hours

14 required credit hours. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours. Browse course list

Program duration

Finish in as few as 2 years. Explore program requirements


Rolling admissions. Begin program in fall, spring, or summer. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Choose a program format that is blended (a mix of online and in-person courses) or fully online.
  • Save money with reduced e-tuition for out-of-state students who choose to study fully online.
  • Build basic and advanced skills in geospatial technology, remote sensing and satellite imaging, digital mapping, and GPS.
  • Prepare for a wide range of careers in geospatial technology, which has been designated by the U.S. Department of Labor as an emerging, “high-growth” industry sector.
  • Study in state-of-the-art facilities and have access to high-end equipment that supports geospatial technology-related work.
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State-of-the-art equipment

Students can put theory-to-practice in one of our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) labs, which provides a dedicated space, high-end computers, industry-leading software, and equipment to support geospatial technology-related work.

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Actively engaged faculty

Our widely published faculty cover a diverse range of subjects and expertise. Along with their active roles in teaching and hands-on learning, they are publishing research in national and international venues.

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Program requirements

Our curriculum helps build a foundation of knowledge in geospatial technology skills. You’ll understand how to use GIS properly and apply your understanding in diverse fields such as business and marketing, biology, emergency management, geology, infrastructure, and environmental and urban planning.

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A growing industry

The U.S. Department of Labor recently identified geospatial technology as among the most important emerging and evolving fields within the economy.

Next steps

Our helpful admissions counselors are here to answer your questions about the admissions process, our academic programs, and student support services. We also invite you to explore the many ways to visit campus or to engage with us through online experiences.

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