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What does it cost?

Learn more about the cost of an online certificate, or use Georgia State’s Cost Calculator to get an idea of the investment required for your path of study. For information on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to determine eligibility, visit the FAFSA tips page.

Georgia State is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible programs for all prospective students because we value the investment each student makes in their education. We understand that the path to a student's future shouldn’t be blocked due to finances, and we pride ourselves on offering financial assistance and scholarships that can support students through their education.

How long will it take?

2 semesters (Fall and Spring or Spring and Fall)

All required coursework to earn the certificate can be completed online. Course are taught asynchronously. There may be opportunities for workshops or tutorial session on campus.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: March 1 (Late deadline – June 1)
  • Summer: November 1
  • Spring: October 1

Early applications are encouraged.

Online Geographic Information Systems, Professional Certificate

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404-413-4393
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Talk to a faculty member
Caroline McClure
Director, Online Professional Certificate in GIS
[email protected]

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology is used every day, most often for mapping points of reference and data related to points on the Earth’s surface. GIS jobs are plentiful and growth in the industry is expected to continue in the coming years.

With the Georgia State online GIS graduate certificate, you will be able to start or advance your career in:

  • Urban and regional planning
  • Environmental resource management
  • Surveying, cartography and mapping
  • Geospatial data analytics

The faculty and staff in the Georgia State University Department of Geosciences are well networked in GIS-related industries and firms in the Atlanta area and beyond. Through applied projects, students will gain real-world experience in utilizing mapping and geospatial technologies to address pressing social and environmental concerns.

Our faculty have expertise in GIS, geography and geology, and we specialize in the social and environmental dimensions of water, environmental geochemistry, global climate change and solving urban environmental problems.

Program Details

Admission and enrollment in the online certificate program will require enrollment at Georgia State along with:

  • B.A. or B.S. in a related field
  • A statement of intent
  • Transcripts

Students who lack an appropriate background may be required to take prerequisite courses. Students are required to have completed, with a C or better, an Introduction to GIS course or equivalent. Professional experience can also be substituted for the prerequisite; to be approved by the Director.

The Certificate Program consists of a minimum of 14 credits.

  • Digital Cartography (GEOS 6518) - 3 credits
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing (GEOS 6530) - 4 credits
  • Advanced GIS (GEOS 65314) - 4 credits
  • 1 GIS elective - TBA - 3 or 4 credits

For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

Affording Your Online Certificate
Georgia State is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible programs for all prospective students because we value the investment each student makes in their education. We understand that the path to a student's future shouldn’t be blocked due to finances, and we pride ourselves on offering financial assistance and scholarships that can support students through their education.

Learn more about the cost of an online certificate, or use Georgia State’s Cost Calculator to get an idea of the investment required for your path of study.

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Corporate Assistance
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Military Assistance
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University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see TAP Tuition Assistance.

This program provides both new users of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from a variety of disciplines and existing professionals seeking additional skills with the certificate to open career opportunities. The Professional Certificate in GIS complements coursework and expertise developed in geosciences, urban planning, sociology, public health, and policy studies, among others.

Description

Careers

Geographic Information Science is a rapidly growing discipline, with applications in many fields. There is a strong demand for proficient users of geospatial technology.

Contacts

Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

Department Offices
38 Peachtree Center Avenue
Langdale Hall, Suite 730
Atlanta, GA 30303

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 404-413-5750
Fax: 404-413-5768

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 3965
Atlanta, GA 30302

Director of Graduate Studies
Caroline McClure
[email protected]

College of Arts & Sciences Logo140 Decatur Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared here provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.