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Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

GIS has applications for governments, many businesses, the health industry, environmental organizations, public service fields, and other social and physical science fields. The GIS graduate certificate program can stand on its own or be paired with a master's degree; thus it is an option for mid-career professionals, as well as those seeking to begin a new career.

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Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and meet campus requirements for admission to graduate study.

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for admission. Students not meeting this level may still apply, but will need to write a letter to the GIS Admissions Committee via email to Dennis Ruez (druez2@uis.edu) demonstrating their ability to complete graduate-level coursework (such as having significant work experience in the area).

  • Candidates for the certificate must complete course requirements with a grade of B or better (a grade of B- is not acceptable).

Transfer Policy

Applicants who took an introductory GIS course as an undergraduate, may petition to replace ENS 404 with either ENS 403 (Transportation: Problems and Planning Procedures) or ENS 501 (Land Use and Environmental Planning).

Special Characteristics

Can be paired with a master's degree, such as the online MS in Environmental Studies offered by UIS.