Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Graduate Certificate
Earn your certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
GIS has been widely used by organizations across the worldto support better spatial decisions. Earn a certificate in GIS to equip yourself with data visualization and spatial analysis skills to support your career development various fields that use geographic data.
The Graduate Certificate in GIS is a 15-hour program that provides students with broad exposure to the principles and applications of GIS.Requirements for the program have been designed to parallel skills needed by GIS professionals. Students who complete the program will bewell-versed ingeneralGIS theory and able to apply GIS skills to solve real-world problems in a variety of disciplines that utilize geographic data.
Core Courses (9 hours, choose three courses from the list below):
Elective Courses (6 hours, choose two courses, each from a different category):
Category I: Spatial Analysis/GIS Programming:
GEOG 5383 Introduction to GIS Programming
GEOG 5303 Geographic Analysis I
GEOG 6303 Geographical Analysis II
Category II : Spatial Data Collection, Management, and Representation:
GEOG 5263 Geospatial Applications for Unmanned Aerial Systems
GEOG 5333 Remote Sensing
GEOG 5503 Applications of GPS in Field Research
GEOG 5663 Web GIS: Trends, Principles and Applications
GEOG 6313 Mixed Methods in Field Research
GEOG 6333 Advanced Remote Sensing
Complete at least 12 hours overall at OSU. Up to 3 hours can be waived for equivalent
courses taken at other universities.
Courses from other OSU programs that contain at least 50% of geospatial technology
in the course content may be considered as alternatives for elective courses. Consult
with program coordinator for qualified alternatives.
A minimum 3.00 GPA is required for all courses taken for the certificate program.
Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
Students need to have a bachelor’s degree and meet the admission standards of the
Graduate College. Students can participate in this certificate program while concurrently
enrolled in an M.S. or Ph.D. degree program.
Application must be complete by the following deadline to be considered for admission
to the corresponding semester:
Fall admission: July 1 of the same year
Spring admission: December 1 of the prior year
Summer admission: April 15 of the same year.
To apply to the certificate program, please complete the Graduate College application
and submit transcripts from all bachelor degree studies by the deadline. This application
does not require recommendation letters or entrance exams such as the GMAT or GRE.