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GeoData Center

More than a map—geographic information system (GIS) helps us to answer the question "where?" The UWF GeoData Center guides our partners, students, faculty and staff using geospatial technologies that change the way we view the world. Through collaborative analysis and visualization, we use cutting edge applications of GIS technologies in order to inform and deliver innovative solutions to critical societal issues.

With applications in a wide variety of industries and occupations, our GIS undergraduate and graduate certificates and master’s degree in Geographic Information Science Administration prepare our students to become interdisciplinary data scientists and highly skilled GIS professionals. 

UWF is the only University in Florida designated as an ESRI Development Center (EDC). The EDC program confers special status and benefits upon a select few leading university departments that challenge their students to develop innovative applications based upon the ArcGIS platform.


UWF GIS offers undergraduate and graduate certificates as well as a GIS Admin, M.S., that incorporates a business core for career advancement.

GIS Programs


The UWF GeoData Center leverages the latest geographic data information technology to help our clients make informed decisions that solve complex problems.



UWF GeoData Center and GIS student research and projects showcase the creation of maps, software applications and code, and other geospatial tools.



GIS MS Admin Alumnus Research Published
UWF Associate Professor of GIS Dr. Derek Morgan, University of Tampa Professor of Criminology Dr. Timothy Hart, and M.S. in GIS Admin alumnus Matthew Bradbury had their work accepted for publication in The Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge (BoK). The chapter entry called GIS&T in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement deals with links between crime and place. Bradbury's capstone involved developing a crime mapping port for the City of Redlands, which directly aligned with his efforts in the GIS&T publication. 

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UWF Student Capstone Highlight: COVID & Crime In Athens, Georgia Pandemic Policing of theFuture
Graduate GIS Administration student Nathan Berger’s capstone project focuses on understanding how the pandemic affected crime spatially and over time in a specific geographic area. This research allows the local police department to better prepare for future pandemics, focusing on the rise and fall of crime trends over specific areas in the county. Berger has been in the GIS field for almost six years and enjoys using his GIS skills for local, state and federal agencies. View this capstone project.

Ranked #15 for the Best Online Master's Degree in GIS
The University of West Florida has been ranked #15 for the Best Online Master's Degree in Geographic Information Systems by University Headquarters (UniversityHQ). University HQ is a resource for finding top rated colleges, scholarships, potential salaries to help students the right career and navigate through the higher education process.