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Online - GIS Certificate

Graduate Program Description

Utah State University’s online Geographic Information Science (GIS) certificate is designed for graduate students or professionals wanting skills and experience applying industry standard GIS and remote sensing tools to natural resource issues.


Students who complete the program will receive a graduate-level certificate in Geographic Information Science. Their USU transcript will list the courses and grades received to complete the program. The certificate is complementary to a wide variety of graduate programs, and is available as a standalone certificate.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the GIS Certificate, participants first apply as a non-degree seeking student and receive their USU student ID#.  After admission to USU, an applicant submits the GIS Certificate Program application, and provides a transcript documenting the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Students pursuing the GIS Certificate are not required to be enrolled in a graduate degree program. However, credits obtained from the certificate may be applied toward a graduate degree.  Please contact Melanie Conrad if you have any questions.

Director: Chris Luecke

Program Administrator: Melanie Conrad

Location: Natural Resources 122

Phone: (435) 797-3375


Course Requirements

To receive the Certificate, a participant must complete the following set of requirements:

  • Apply and be accepted into the GIS Certificate Program
  • Register for and successfully complete four graduate-level courses
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA for program courses (grades below C will not be accepted)
  • Abide by the Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University.

Tuition Costs

  • Tuition costs for out-of-state students is $457 per credit. ($415 tuition + $42 differential tuition per credit)

GIS Certificate Program Courses

Students must complete four courses (3 credits each) in order to fulfill the requirements for the GIS Certificate. Each course is offered online.

Students may take the following on-campus courses to use as substitutes:

  • WATS 6920 – Adv. GIS & Spatial Analysis
  • WILD 6740 – Physical Processes in Remote Sensing OR
  • WILD 6750 – Applied Remote Sensing