The Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate gives students the necessary skills and understanding to apply GIS competently and effectively.
A Geographic Information System (GIS) combines layers of data to give needed information on specific locations. Such a system can map environmental sensitivities or geological features, or can report on how best to speed emergency personnel to an accident or crime scene. Current fields using GIS include healthcare, public safety, environmental management, transportation and operations technology, real estate, and public utilities.
As a result of this certificate curriculum, students will be well versed in GIS theory, will have practical hands-on exposure to GIS software and hardware, will understand the representation of data in both mapped and tabular forms, and will know how to plan and construct spatial databases.
Hands on training enhances competency of GIS software and hardware
Online format allows for already working professionals to conveniently enhance or advance their career in GIS
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term. If you are an international applicant, please view our international application deadlines.
Fall Term A:
Start date: September 18
Recommended Admissions Deadline: September 8
Fall Term B:
Start date: October 30
Recommended Admissions Deadline: September 18
Winter Term A:
Start date: January 9
Recommended Admissions Deadline: November 28
Winter Term B:
Start date: February 21
Recommended Admissions Deadline: January 9
Spring Term A:
Start date: April 10
Recommended Admissions Deadline: February 27
Spring Term B:
Start date: May 22
Recommended Admissions Deadline: April 10
Summer Term A:
Start date: July 10
Recommended Admissions Deadline: May 29
Summer Term B:
Start date: August 7
Recommended Admissions Deadline: June 26
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Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
Official undergraduate transcripts: must be provided in a stamped and sealed envelope from the institution(s), stating degree conferral and date
Two letters of recommendation: from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
English Language Proficiency Proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
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Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems General Requirements
GIS 5101 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GIS 5102 - Fundamentals of GIS Analysis
RMS 5105 - Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
GIS 5201 - Advanced Spatial Analysis
Complete two of the following:
GIS 6320 - Use and Applications of Free and Open-Source GIS Desktop Software
GIS 6340 - GIS Customization
GIS 6350 - Planning a GIS Implementation
GIS 6360 - Spatial Databases
GIS 6370 - Internet-Based GIS
GIS 6385 - GIS/Cartography
GIS 6390 - Business Applications of Geographic Information Systems
GIS 6391 - Healthcare Applications of Geographic Information Systems
GIS 6394 - Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
GIS 6395 - Geospatial Analysis of Crime
GIS 6396 - GIS for Defense, Homeland Security, and Emergency Response
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
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