Graduate Programs

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Geographic Information Science (GIS): Certificate, Certificate (Online)


The certificate of geographic information science (GIS) is designed for working professionals aspiring to leadership positions in the field and wishing to obtain a certificate of GIS specialization. The program requires one core course that provides a student with the theoretical underpinnings of GIS to make informed use of geographic technologies, followed by the selection of nine graduate credit hours in geographic techniques (GIS, remote sensing, spatial statistics and modeling).

The GIS certificate program is designed to meet the education needs of both traditional and nontraditional students. For traditional students, the program prepares them to utilize GIS in their major areas of study, while nontraditional students can take advantage of the GIS certificate to learn and/or upgrade their GIS knowledge and skills that are applicable and important to their professions.

The online GIS certificate program is a fully online certificate in geospatial data science consisting of 4 courses each delivered in a 7-week session. The certificate teaches the theoretical aspects of geospatial technologies, the technical side of using information systems, and the application of the technologies enabling students from all disciplines and GIS professionals to learn how to apply geospatial concepts and technologies to solve complex environmental, social, and economic problems through innovative technology solutions.


Application Deadlines


May 1: Final deadline to apply


December 1: Final deadline to apply

*International applicants are not eligible to obtain a U.S. student visa solely with an acceptance to a UD graduate certificate program. Certificates may be added by full-time matriculated graduate students.

UD Tuition

The 2024-2025 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1,069.