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Online Graduate GIS Certificate

Our Program

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.  However, credits obtained from the certificate may be applied toward a graduate degree. 

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, candidates must:

1. Possess a bachelor's degree or higher
2. The application process involves two steps:  One, first apply to USU as a graduate non-degree seeking student. (Note: Please choose the GIS Certificate from the drop down menu titled "Academic Program of Study" when applying as a non-degree seeking student) Two, submit the GIS Certificate Program application.   

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)

Curriculum Offerings

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 6750 – Applied Remote Sensing
  • ENVS 6950 - Geospatial Analysis with R