Geographic Information Systems Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

Students earn the Postbaccalaureate Certificate by completing four instructor-led online courses — three required and one elective. Students who successfully complete the program earn 12 academic credits.

Prescribed Courses
GEOG 482Making Maps That Matter With GIS3
GEOG 483Problem-Solving with GIS3
GEOG 484GIS Database Development3
Select one of the following:3
GIS Programming and Software Development
Cartography and Visualization
Environmental Applications of GIS
Total Credits12


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop the technical and analytical competencies required to serve as leaders within private and public geospatial technology enterprises.
  • Demonstrate effective design, management, and application of geographic information technologies to support complex problems solving.
  • Combine prior knowledge and career experiences with technical competencies to become broadly-equipped geospatial technology practitioners.


Campus World Campus
Graduate Program Head Anthony C Robinson
Program Contact

Susan N Spaugh
418 Earth Engr Sciences
University Park PA 16802
(814) 863-2502

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