The Department of Geography, University of Connecticut, initiated a Certificate Program in Geographic Information Systems in September 1989. This program is a graduate certificate program formally recognized by the University of Connecticut. Students completing the Certificate Program receive a certificate of completion and the award of the Certificate is entered on the student’s official University of Connecticut transcript.
The Certificate Program is designed to recognize completion of a focused set of courses for graduate students and other professionals seeking expertise in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS are computer systems for integrating and analyzing spatial data. These systems, and the science behind their development and use, are the topics covered in the required coursework. GIS and related technologies are used in a wide range of applications in the public and private sectors. The elective coursework provides students with the opportunity for graduate study in fields where GIS are used.
Application to the GIS Certificate Program is made through the Graduate School of the University of Connecticut. Application for admissions into the certificate program begins with filling out the ONLINE APPLICATION.
Students applying for admission to or already enrolled in a graduate degree program in Geography or another field of study at the University of Connecticut may apply for admission to the Certificate Program. They must apply to the Graduate School through the described process. They are not required to pay an additional application fee.
Non-degree students may also apply for the program. Non-degree students are required to pay the application fee to the graduate school. Non-degree students may be required to obtain instructor consent to enroll in all or some graduate courses taken to complete the Certificate.
All students applying for admission to the Certificate Program must have a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited institution. Official transcripts and a personal statement of interest in the program must be submitted with the application. GRE scores and letters of recommendation are not required for application to the GIS Certificate Program.
Complete applications are forwarded to the GIS Certificate Program Coordinator for review and approval. When action on the application has been taken, the GIS Certificate Program Coordinator notifies the Graduate School.
Non-degree students in the Certificate Program may be eligible for financial support in the form of fellowships, scholarships, or assistantships from the Department of Geography. Non-degree students who decide to apply for admission to a graduate degree must apply separately for admission to the Graduate School. The credits taken in the Certificate Program on a non-degree basis may apply to the completion of a graduate degree.
Application Deadline: June 30th for fall semester admission. November 15th for spring semester admission.
Program of Study for the Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
The Certificate is earned upon the completion of twelve credits of coursework beyond the B.A. or B.S. degree. Students in the Certificate Program are required to take complete Geography 5500 and Geography 5510, plus additional courses in Geography or a related field. The additional courses must be taken at the graduate (5000) level. The exception is NRME 4535 which is accepted for credit. A student’s program of study for the Certificate may include only one course numbered Geography 5810. Students develop a program of study with the assistance and approval of the Certificate Program Coordinator. To earn the Certificate, a student must pass all courses counted toward the Certificate with a grade of B or better. All coursework for the Certificate must be completed at the University of Connecticut.
Required courses for the GIS Certificate
Two additional courses are required. Possible courses include, but are not limited to, the following:
- GEOG 5100 – Location Analysis
- GEOG 5130 – GIS in Transportation
- GEOG 5380 – Advanced Environmental Restoration
- GEOG 5390 – Advanced Physical Geography
- GEOG 5505 – Remote Sensing of Marine Geography
- GEOG 5520 – GIS Modeling of the Urban Environment
- GEOG 5530 – GIS Applications in Health Research
- GEOG 5600 – Spatial Data Analysis
- GEOG 5610 – Spatial Statistics and Modeling
- GEOG 5810 – Special Problems in Geography
- NRE 4535 – Remote Sensing Image Processing
- NRE 5575 – Natural Resource Applications of Geographic Information Systems
- NRE 5585 – Geospatial Data Processing Techniques
GIS Certificate Completion
When an admitted student has completed the 12 credits of required and elective coursework, the student must contact the GIS Certificate Program Coordinator [Rich Mrozinski – firstname.lastname@example.org] stating they have completed all coursework. The Coordinator will generate an advisement report and send it to the Graduate School on the students behalf. After review of the advisement report, the Graduate School notifies the student that the GIS Certificate has been awarded by letter and email, and the appropriate designation will appear on the student’s official university transcript.
More information about the Certificate Program is available from
GIS Certificate Program Coordinator