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Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science


Would you like to establish yourself in GIS practice but are not yet ready to commit to a full graduate program? The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science is for you! Building on NC State's strengths in management of technology and computational methods, this program, which can be completed entirely online, provides professional, graduate-level academic preparation in the advanced application of GIS technologies to a wide spectrum of disciplines, including economics, public health, emergency planning and response, land use planning, and environmental resources. The certificate, which is also available to current NC State students enrolled in non-GIS graduate programs, forms the basis for the Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology.

Anju Singh,
GIS Administrative Assistant
Phone: 919-513-0350
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
Admissions Web Page

Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

GIS careers exist in every imaginable discipline, from environmental science to mining to urban planning to commercial businesses to defense. Practitioners use GIS to visualize, analyze, and model systems to help in the planning and decision-making processes of their organizations. GIS is a burgeoning field, used across government, commercial, and educational organizations. Jobs and salaries vary widely by region, nation, discipline, and experience.

(What will I learn?)

The Geographic Information Science Graduate Certificate requires 12 credit hours. A grade of B or better is required in all courses. Specific course requirements are listed on the program website.

Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 12

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Admission to the certificate program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students with less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA may still be considered for admission based on the remaining criteria, including other graduate coursework or through provisional status, after which full admission will be contingent on grades of a B or better in the GIS curriculum. These determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis. All applicants must submit:

  • Final transcript of baccalaureate degree
  • A clear and concise statement of interest

The program website explains the application process in detail.

For students already enrolled in another graduate program at NC State: You can apply to the certificate by using the contact information above and supplying your full name and student ID number prior to enrolling in your first certificate course or during the semester in which you enroll in your first certificate course.

Students may begin taking courses for the certificate in summer, fall or spring academic terms.

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

The certificate requires 12 credit hours. It can be completed within two semesters or a maximum of 4 years.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Go to the Graduate School Admissions website to apply for admission to the graduate certificate program. Or, to register for courses as a non-degree student, click on "Apply & Enroll." Courses are offered online in fall, spring and summer academic terms.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $4,740.00
Non-resident: $9,228.00

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