GIS Certificate

The Geographic Information Science Certificate is designed for both novice students looking to begin a career in GIS and professionals looking to increase knowledge and marketability. Students will become technically proficient in a variety of geospatial technologies through hands–on instruction. The program addresses the growing need for GIS technicians, analysts, and managers. Begin your journey with a GIS Certificate today!


Program Overview

This stand alone, one year program is offered at the undergraduate and graduate level with traditional and archaeology track options. As a 100% online program, students "go to class" on their own time to view lectures and complete weekly assignments. Students who complete 7 courses (24 credit hours) with a 3.0 GPA earn a Certificate of Geographic Information Science. This program is intended for working professionals (vs. traditional, full-time students) or those who prefer to study part-time and at a distance. Read more about what to expect as a student on our New and Current Students Page.

Benefits

Network with classmates across the globe.

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Request access to ESRI virtual campus courses for FREE.

Access industry software from ESRI and ERDAS for FREE.

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Obtain Educational points for your GISP Application

Get help with your resume, portfolios, and internships.

Attend GIS conferences with student status

 

Be the first to know about internship and job opportunities

Access UWF  student resources.

Connect with Online GIS Program alumni.

 

Eligibility

  • Students should be fairly knowledgeable about computers and how to navigate the internet. We will jump right in to GIS software and will not have time to teach  basic computer skills. Students who are comfortable navigating the internet, exploring new software programs and troubleshooting will do well in this program.
  • Our program utilizes e-Desktop for GIS to provide virtual software access to students 24/7. ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced 10.x, ERDAS Imagine 2010, and Corel Draw are primary GIS related software utilized to complete course assignments.
  • In order to participate, students must have consistent access to a computer or laptop with at least broadband/high speed internet access. Conduct a speed test to see if your internet connection is strong enough - http://speedtest.its.uwf.edu/
  • A computer or laptop capable of running the latest version of ArcGIS 10.x student version software is recommended. ArcGIS Desktop 10.x System Requirements.
  • Although there are no requirements associated with English proficiency for this program, all course materials are presented in the English language. Furthermore, GIS students are required to complete course assignments in English.

 View complete admission requirements on our How to Apply page.

Tuition

 Undergraduate CertificateGraduate Certificate
Credit Hours 24 at undergraduate level

24 total credit hours

12 at undergraduate level and 12 at graduate level

Tuition Rate $330.00 per credit hour

$330.00 per credit hour (12 credits)

$630.00 per credit hour (12 credits)

Total Cost $7,920.00 $11,520.00

 *Tuition rates are effective through 2016.

This program has a flat tuition rate regardless of location. Tuition is to be paid through the UWF Cashier's office. The preferred payment method is check or credit card. More information will be presented to students once accepted into the program.

We follow the tuition/registration payment due dates set by the University unless notified otherwise. Payment will be due at the beginning of each new semester. Tuition fees are equal to the amount of credit hours times the current tuition rate listed above for the courses you are enrolled in. For specific payment due dates, please view the UWF academic calendar.

Levels and Tracks

We are proud to offer students choices in both the level of coursework they complete and the GIS applications they learn during the certificate.

  • Undergraduate level: All our courses are available at the undergraduate level and pre-requisites are waived for all Online Certificate students. The undergraduate-level GIS Certificate is the most common and IS widely accepted among the industry as baseline GIS education. Students without previous GIS knowledge or experience are eligible for at least an entry level GIS position with a GIS Certificate in hand. All accepted students will be enrolled in undergraduate courses unless proper documentation is provided and permission is granted to enroll in graduate-level courses. More details can be found on our Certificate FAQ page and the Course plan outlined below.
  • Graduate level: Students seeking a Graduate GIS Certificate will take 12 credit hours at the undergraduate-level and 12 credit hours at the graduate-level. Applicants wanting to earn graduate-level GIS credit or to complete our graduate-level GIS certificate must provide proof of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and gain permission prior to summer term enrollments. Here is a Level Comparison Table that may help you decide if the Graduate level Certificate is right for you. More details can be found on our Certificate FAQ page and the Course plan outlined below.
  • Traditional track: Our traditional track includes courses you would expect to see in most GIS Certificate Programs and covers a range of topics and skills most GIS practitioners deal with in the industry. More details can be found on our Certificate FAQ page and the Course plan outlined below.
  • Archaeology track: Our archaeology track is designed specifically for those interested in using GIS in the fields of archaeology and anthropology. Students working towards a degree or job in the field of archaeology and those already working in the profession and looking to enhance skills and knowledge are encouraged to enroll in the archaeology track. We expect most students will enroll in traditional GIS courses because our archaeology courses are specifically designed for current and aspiring archeologists. More details can be found on our Certificate FAQ page and the Course plan outlined below.

Traditional Track Course Plan

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

GIS 3015/L Cartographic Skills

GIS 4048/5100 Applications in GIS

GIS 4035/L Remote Sensing + Photo Interpretation

GIS 4043/L Introduction to GIS

GIS 4102/5103 GIS Programming

GIS 4930/5935 Special Topics in GIS

    GIS 4944/5945 Internship

 Archaeology Track Course Plan

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Fall Semester

GIS 3015/L Cartographic Skills‌

GIS 4260/5265 Archaeology Applications in GIS

GIS 4035/L Remote Sensing + Photo Interpretation

GIS 4043/L Introduction to GIS

GIS 4102/5103 GIS Programming

GIS 4938/5938 Archaeological Topics in GIS

    GIS 4944/5945 Internship

About our Courses and Course Schedule

  • We understand that many of our students are working professionals who are either new or returning to college-level course work. For those who need or prefer to take fewer classes each semester, we offer an extended course plan that takes two years to complete. 
  • Our courses are only offered once a year and are designed to be taken in a specific order.
  • GIS Internship is the only course that is offered twice a year, both in Fall and Spring semesters and is an important part of our curriculum. More details about what you can expect from the course can be found on our Internship Page.
  • (4XXX/5XXX) are offered as dual listed courses at the undergraduate/graduate level.
  • Archaeology Track courses are offered based on enrollment.
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