Application Process and New Student Guide

GIS Online staff take an active role in your education and in building experiences to best prepare you for life as a professional. Through high impact learning, experiential and innovating methods, GIS Online stands apart. When you’re ready to apply, please follow this step-by-step guide.

Apply to the Program


  1. Review the Certificate Program page  to assess eligibility.
  2. Confirm that you possess the basic computer skills as outlined in the Computer Skills Assessment
  3. Complete a Letter of Intent Form  to be submitted with the program application
  4. Complete the GIS Certificate Program application 
  5. Graduate Certificate applicants, email a copy of your transcripts (proof of Baccalaureate degree) to

Upon submission, applicants will receive an email confirmation. Applications will be reviewed during the first week of each month (July - November). Applicants will be emailed with the committee's decision along with instructions on how to proceed. Use the Application And New Student Checklist and Prepare Guide to track your progress and to prepare for course work with GIS Online at UWF.

Applications for the 2016 cohort are due by November 2nd, 2015.

Your application, including any transcripts (if applying for Graduate certificate or requesting course waiver) must be received by 11:59 PM CST on the due date to be considered for enrollment in the cohort.

Apply to UWF

Upon program acceptance, complete the appropriate non-degree seeking application for UWF. 

Undergraduate Certificate

Complete the Undergraduate Non-Degree Seeking Application using the following options in the Application Wizard:

  1. Application Type - Defaults to Undergraduate Non-Degree Seeking
  2. Campus Location - Main Campus
  3. Program of Interest - Environmental Science
Graduate Certificate

Complete the Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Application using the following options in the Application Wizard:

  1. Application Type - Graduate Non-Degree Seeking
  2. Student Level Type - Master's (Non-Degree Seeking)
  3. Program of Interest - Environmental Science

Please note that evidence of your bachelor's degree will be required before enrolling in graduate-level courses. Email an unofficial copy of your transcript to

If you need assistance completing the application forms please contact the UWF Admissions Office

To check the status of your application, please visit

Activate Your Account

MyUWF is the University's secure, single entry point for access to web-based services and applications designed for applicants, students, former students / alumni, faculty, and staff.

  • Access Login as a New User to access your account.
  • Once logged into your account, search for "holds." All new students typically have at least one hold placed on their account preventing enrollment.
  • Be on the look out for important emails from UWF and GIS Online regarding next steps and how to enroll in courses. Our staff will supply a personalized course plan for all students based on choices made on the program application.
  • New students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with one of our advisors.
4 Get Enrolled

Get Enrolled in Courses

The Online GIS Certificate Program operates according to the A term Academic Calendar.

  • All Online GIS students enroll themselves in classes using their account.
  • GIS online staff will provide students a course plan including details needed to complete registration.
  • Make sure you are enrolled in the proper course(s). It is your responsibility as a student to check your course schedule and ensure you are properly enrolled. For questions regarding your course plan, please contact us at or 850-857-6121.
  • Pay Tuition
  • Students pay tuition per semester (amount based on credit hours enrolled). See the Academic Calendar for specific dates.
  • Make payments through the UWF Cashier's Office via check, money order or credit card. Tuition payments can also be made online at once your account has been activated.

Have questions? FAQ page for financial services regarding payment. GIS staff cannot accept payment or offer financial advice.

Go to Class

  • Review the Prepare Guide. This guide, created by instructors, will help you prepare for our GIS courses
  • Begin checking your UWF gmail account for important notes from your instructors. Instructors do not have your personal email account information. FAQ's for Google at UWF
  • Purchase required texts. Find required text books from one of the following sources:
    • GIS bookshelf - our bookshelf includes a list of both required and supplemental texts for Online GIS program courses
    • UWF bookstore - view requirements based on course number and purchase the text from our bookstore or a trusted online retailer (like
  • Access eLearning and your course from
    • View the eLearning demo and eLearning Guide for Students
    • Most courses will not open until the first day of class (typically A term) unless informed otherwise
    • The first week of class is devoted to a Course Orientation. It's provided to help students ease in to the online course experience, specific to our program. Students test their connection to our servers and complete assignments designed to mimic what to expect on a weekly basis. Attendance is required.