GIS Online

Welcome to Online GIS at UWF

We offer quality online GIS education at the college level and continuing education for novice and professional GIS users across the globe. We strive to meet the growing demands of the GIS industry by offering our students access to the latest GIS technology, experienced and professional online instructors, real-world projects, and insight from alumni and GIS professionals from various industries.

GIS Certificate

Our GIS Certificate is designed for both novice and experienced geospatial professionals looking to further their GIS knowledge and related software skills. College-level GIS course work covers both the theory and practice behind Geographic Information Science.

Focus your studies:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate GIS Certificate - Traditional GIS track
  • Undergraduate or Graduate GIS Certificate - Archaeology for GIS track

Visit GIS Certificate for details

Why Choose UWF GIS?

UWF provides a mix of hands-on software training with conceptual instruction from highly qualified GIS professionals. UWF is the first and only GIS certificate program currently employing remote desktop technology to give students full access to GIS software from any computer, at any time.

  1. We are affordable: We offer courses at a lower per-credit-hour rate than other institutions while continuing to offer out-of-state tuition waivers.
  2. We are convenient: Attend courses 100% online, on your own time, 24/7. Students access industry standard GIS software on a one of a kind remote desktop for GIS - (high-speed internet access required).
  3. We are accredited: Experience up-to-date, quality GIS course content taught by qualified instructors. Learn more about the Quality Matters Program
  4. The U.S. News “2012 Top Online Education Program Rankings - Bachelor Programs” ranked UWF No. 50 out of 172 programs in Teaching Practices & Student Engagement and No. 55 out of 179 programs in Student Services and Technology.
  5. We are relevant: Learn GIS theory as well as a wide array of ESRI’s ArcGIS software skills. This is not a "point and click" program. You should expect to be immersed in the GIS environment.
  6. We are committed: We prepare our students for post-certificate success in the GIS world through successful internships and real-world applications. Online GIS alumni have found jobs in both the private and government sector.


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UWF is listed as one of "America's Best Colleges” by Forbes, ranked No. 27 on Forbes' “Top 100 Best Buy Colleges,” and named one of The Princeton Review's Best Southeastern Colleges.

GIS Training Academy

The Division of Continuing Education's GIS Training Academy offers both Online and Face to Face GIS training for Continuing Education Credits led by qualified GIS professionals. Visit GIS Training Academy for details.

What is GIS (Geographic Information Systems)?

GIS is one of the fastest growing career fields in North America. A geographic information system is a computer based tool used to map, manage, analyze, display, and model spatial information. A GIS is a data management system capable of analyzing patterns and relationships between many layers of mapped data simultaneously. Advantages of a GIS compared with a traditional map are the ability of the user to quickly alter the display properties, modify or introduce new data, and manipulate analysis results by changing input parameters and modifying the assumptions. Visit to find out more.

Who Uses GIS?

Thousands of organizations use this exciting technology to solve problems and streamline processes. GIS has applications in many fields, including environmental assessment, analysis of natural hazards, site analysis for business and industry, criminal justice, real estate, location analysis, resource management, land use planning, global change and systems modeling.

Whether you're beginner or a seasoned GIS professional in any of the 10 major industries identified by ESRI, our GIS courses can help you expand your knowledge and skill-set.

Why Study GIS?

Consider the increasing prevalence of geographic technology in everyday life. From location based services such as Google Maps to Global Positioning Systems, technology everywhere is becoming increasingly dependent on spatial information. Students in this program learn the science behind the creation and analysis of these spatial data.

With a growth rate estimated between 35 and 40 percent per year, the GIS job market lacks qualified and experienced professionals to help design, implement, operate and manage these G.I. Systems. In addition, the job descriptions of an increasing number of positions in both government agencies and private businesses are being rewritten to require employees to use GIS and related technologies. People knowledgeable in GIS can expect to be increasingly in-demand in a variety of fields including energy, public health, urban planning, civil engineering, environmental science, archaeology and landscape architecture.

"Across the country, tens of thousands of trained [geospatial] workers are needed to fill positions that are going begging." - Emily Stover DeRocco, Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor