2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    May 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate

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College: Graduate Studies Degree: CRT

Program Description

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.

GIS and geospatial analyses allow students and researchers to see old problems in new ways making connections by overlaying digital maps and examining spatial networks and processes.


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.

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. 

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on an 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 1 Dec 1  
International Applicants        
*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.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Christopher Emrich​, PhD
Associate Professor

Graduate Admissions

Anthony Tufano
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

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