Graduate Geographic Information Science Certificate

The Graduate Geographic Information Science Certificate is a 24 credit hour interdisciplinary online program including a GIS internship experience. Students who successfully earn a GIS certificate are eligible to apply for entry level positions in the geosciences requiring knowledge of Geographic Information Systems or geospatial analysis. The program is geared to new and professional students who currently hold a Bachelor's degree and are seeking part-time education from a distance.

Program Description

This program is designed for students with at least a Bachelor's degree who wish to enter the field of GIS, become more competitive within it, or to apply knowledge to research and graduate study involving spatial analysis. The program provides a solid background in the fundamentals of geography and geospatial science that extends beyond the software. A total of 7 courses including a required internship have been carefully combined to reflect real-world workforce requirements. With this knowledge, expect to better understand what’s happening behind the scenes in the software and become more efficient at work. Students completing this program can expect to be marketable as GIS Technicians, GIS Analysts, and GIS Managers in several industries including:

  • geography,
  • environmental sciences,
  • archaeology,
  • business,
  • information technology services,
  • defense and intelligence, and
  • public health/safety.

Department Contact

Brett Haskell
GIS Coordinator

 Phone: (850) 857-6121 

GIS Internship: Students enrolled in the Certificate (GIS) program are required to complete a one semester Internship experience, under the direct guidance of a qualified mentor and under the supervision of the GIS 5945 Internship course instructor. Students currently employed in a GIS position may elect to use their current position for internship experience.  A Directed Study course option is available for students who wish to complete a guided project in lieu of an internship.

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What Makes UWF's Online Certificate in GIS Different?


UWF was the first online GIS program to employ remote desktop technology to give students full access to GIS software from any computer, at any time, eliminating the need to obtain, install and maintain bulky GIS software on your personal computer.

High Quality

UWF has been providing a mix of hands-on software training with conceptual instruction  from highly qualified GIS professionals since 2006. Experience up-to-date, quality online GIS course content taught by qualified instructors from an accredited University. Learn more about the quality of our courses at the Quality Matters Program.


Our program is designed for working professionals. With 1yr and 2yr program options, a flexible course schedule provides greater flexibility for completing your certificate at your preferred pace.


We offer courses at a lower per-credit-hour rate than other institutions. No matter location, the price per credit hour does not change.

Student Spotlight

student spotlight 2016
Spatial Accessibility Modeling by Taylor Moore, UWF Graduate GIS Certificate Program

Taylor Moore excelled in this assignment assigned in GIS5100 Applications in GIS course where students were required to work with network-related GIS data to create a spatial accessibility model. His map showing Impact of the Cypress Campus Closure in Travis County, TX illustrates some of the finer approaches to cartographic design (e.g. good map balance, color choice and typographic support).

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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. John Derek Morgan, instructor of Graduate level GIS courses

Dr. Morgan is our primary faculty for the new online GIS Master's program offered by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. His research interests revolve around topics of geographic visualization including web map design, map usability studies, participatory GIS and the application of these techniques to public health and safety issues. 

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Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University admission requirements, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements

  • Submission of Graduate UWF Non-degree seeking student application (Free of charge)

Departmental Requirements

  • Submission of GIS Certificate Program Application (Free of charge)
  • Submission of letter of intent describing relevant experience and reasons for pursuing the certificate program, including how the certificate relates to career goals
  • Submission of unofficial transcripts including proof of Bachelor's degree award and for any relevant GIS course work, up to 6 credit hours will be considered for UWF credit


Application Priority Dates

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Program Accolades

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