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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. The certificate may be completed in one year, but students have five years to complete the certificate.

All online courses in this certificate program will be taught in English. International students from non-English speaking countries are expected to be able to communicate in English.  Students must communicate both orally and in writing, with the instructor as well as other fellow students in class.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the program please follow the instructions below:

  • Applicants go to  Choose the Graduate Application and then the GIS Certificate.
  • Applicant must provide an official transcript showing a bachelor's degree or higher has been received.  Please send official transcripts to the following address:  0900 Old Main Hill, Logan UT 84322-0900.  Official electronic transcripts may be sent to from the institution.  (If you've attended USU, we will obtain your transcripts.)
  • Use PROMO code GIS2020 to waive $30 of the application fee.
  • Application fee will be $25.00
  • Application deadlines are two weeks prior to the start of each semester.

Director: Shannon Belmont

Program Administrator: Melanie Conrad

Location: Natural Resources 122

Phone: (435) 797-3375


Online Master of Natural Resources degree available.

All 12 credits from the GIS certificate may be used towards this degree.  Click here for more information on the MNR program.

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 B- will not be accepted)
  • Abide by the Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University.

    Registration Dates and Deadlines

Tuition Costs

  • Tuition costs for Out-of-State students is $515 per credit. ($458 tuition + $42 differential tuition + $15 online course fee 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 and the semesters they are offered are listed below:

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

  • WATS 6920 – Adv. GIS & Spatial Analysis (spring)
  • WILD 6750 – Applied Remote Sensing (fall)
  • GEOG 6870 - Geospatial Analysis (spring)
  • WILD 6900 - GST: Space Use Ecology with R (spring)
  • WILD 6920 - Python Programming for GIS (spring)
How to Register