Geography-Anthropology

Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is designed to provide students and members of the professional community with geospatial technology skills. At all levels of the program, training focuses on the application of these skills in the workplace and in research environments. The certificate is open to graduates interested in developing GIS applications in their fields, those already holding degrees who are interested in developing GIS skills to apply to their own areas of expertise, or professionals interested in adding GIS to their lexicon of skills or retooling for a career change.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied GIS consists of three required courses and one elective, totaling a minimum of 12 credit hours. All courses will be taught at USM. For matriculated students, some courses may be transferred from other campuses within the University of Maine system, as appropriate. For matriculated students, one course may be transferred from colleges outside the University of Maine System, on a case by case basis and as approved by USM faculty teaching that course. 

In cases where students have already completed the listed course and with prior approval, alternate courses may be substituted for both requirements and electives to make up the minimum count of 12 credits. There is a minimum residency requirement of 3 courses or 9 credit hours. Students must complete all courses with a C or better. Individual graduate programs may set higher standards.

Geography-Anthropology majors in SCC and CNHM specializations may use only one course in the certificate toward their major requirements. Geography-Anthropology majors in the Applied GIS and Geospatial Analysis track are ineligible for the certificate. Majors in other programs should discuss similar restrictions with their advisors.

Required courses:

  • GEO 505/GEO 605 Remote Sensing
  • GEO 508/GEO 608 GIS Applications I
  • GEO 518/GEO 618 GIS Applications II

Electives:

Take at least one of the following for a minimum total of 12 credit hours:

  • COS 160 Structured Problem Solving: Java (3 cr.) and,
  • COS 170 Structured Programming COS 184 Python Programming (COS 160/170 must be taken together)
  • GEO 540/GEO 640 Digital Mapping
  • GEO 545/GEO 645 Drone Mapping
  • GEO 558/GEO 658 Research Applications in GIS

These courses may either be taken alone, or some combination of the two for the total of three credits

  • GEO 538/GEO 638 Independent Study in GIS (1-3 cr.)
  • GEO 548/GEO 648 GIS Internship (1-3 cr.)

 

Applicant Qualifications

Criteria for admission include successful completion of a bachelor's degree.

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadline: Rolling

Applicants are required to provide the following materials: 

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: $25.00 paid through the online application.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.

International Applicants  

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript  to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution.