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GISci Graduate Certificate

Expand your geospatial technology skills with small class sizes and independent projects by collaborating with community partners, and interacting with the exceptional faculty at the University of Northern Colorado!

Our program provides a cost effective way, delivered in a mixed format, to develop and improve your technical skills and proficiency in geospatial technology.

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This is a 15 credit certificate that will provide advanced training in Geographic Information Science and immediately prepare students for the workplace. The GISci Graduate Certificate aims to attract individuals with previous education and/or experience in GIS who are driven to improve their skills. We will deliver course work with advanced technical skills necessary to succeed in the geospatial technology field. All courses will focus on applying the skills to independent projects and implementing best practices in geospatial technology.

The Geospatial Technology field is considered a high growth industry by the United States Department of Labor. The Department of Labor’s High Growth Profile report states the market for geospatial technology is “growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with the commercial subsection expanding at the rate of 100 percent each year.” This has produced a dramatically growing demand for GISci specialists. The ever expanding sophistication required for GISci positions has encouraged both graduating undergraduates and working professionals to seek out advanced geospatial training.

The faculty in the GISci Graduate Certificate program surveyed industry leaders and identified the need for high-level training in very specific sub-areas of GISci.

The GISci program assures that students have experience and advanced knowledge in four core subsectors of the GISci industry:

  • Advanced geospatial analysis techniques;
  • Basic and advanced geospatial programming skills;
  • The ability to develop and manage Web GIS projects; and
  • The development and management of large geospatial databases in a secure environment.