Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate

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The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Graduate Certificate provides students with the interdisciplinary background in geography and the technical skills in the application of GIS. The certificate will enhance the student's ability to understand, visual and analyze geospatial data to address questions related to place and spatial interactions.


The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Graduate Certificate requires a total of 12 credit hours of courses in the required competency areas of design, modeling, analysis and visualization. To a certain extent, students may tailor their courses to focus on their broad disciplinary area of study.
Total Credit Hours Required:
12 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

Students should take one course from Group A, one course from Group B, and two courses from Group C. It is recommended that students take Group C courses after taking Group A and B courses. Other courses related to Geospatial Science can be used to satisfy the Group C requirement, if the specific course is approved by the Graduate Certificate faculty.

Group A - First Core Course

  • ANG 5852 GIS Methods in Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6181C GIS Applications in Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 6079 Crime Mapping and Analysis in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6716 Information Systems for Public Managers and Planners (3 credit hours)
  • POS 6743 Geographic Tools for Political Science Research (3 credit hours)
  • SYA 6356 Geographic Information Systems in Society (3 credit hours)

Group B - Second Core Course

  • ANG 5853 Advanced GIS Methods in Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 6077 Advanced Crime Mapping and Analysis in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
  • SYA 6452 GIS Applications (3 credit hours)

Group C - Electives

  • BSC 5824 Biogeography (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6121 3D User Interfaces for Games and Virtual Reality (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 6073 Data Management Systems for Crime Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 7725 The Geography of Crime: Theory and Methods (3 credit hours)
  • CWR 5634 Water Resources in a Changing Environment (3 credit hours)
  • CWR 6126 Groundwater Modeling (3 credit hours)
  • CWR 6535 Modeling Water Resources Systems (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5432 Satellite Remote Sensing (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5820 Image Processing (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6808 Narrative Information Visualization (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 6047 Environmental Informatics and Remote Sensing (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 5925 History in the Digital Age (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 6165 Digital Tools for Historians (3 credit hours)
  • HUM 5396 Place and Space (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 6328C Landscape Ecology (4 credit hours)
  • SYA 6458 Advanced Topics in GIS in Society (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 6938 ST: Geographic Information Systems Applications for Transportation (3 credit hours)

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Applicants must submit an essay that describes their background and interests in relation to their desire to obtain the GIS certificate. Applicants must also provide GRE scores (verbal and quantitative) taken within the last five years.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/ academic goals, the applicant's potential for completing the certificate and openings in the program.

Application Deadlines

Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants


July 15Dec 1


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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.