GIS Certificate Program

The GIS certificate is available to graduate students enrolled in the UEP's M.S., M.A., or M.P.P. programs. The certificate requires completion of four GIS courses, and is awarded along with the primary master's degree through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

GIS Certificate Curriculum

Two required core courses:

  1. Introduction to GIS (UEP 232) – Broad foundation of GIS theory capabilities, technology, and applications. Topics include GIS data structure and management, geodesy and map projections, and various techniques for raster and vector spatial data analysis.
  2. Advanced GIS (UEP 294) – Explores advanced topics in GIS and their applications in a specific context of interest to the students either in group or individual projects. The course will cover a variety of spatial analysis methods including spatial statistics, geostatistics and network analysis, and focus on the use of ArcGIS (Version 10.3) and Geoda among other software in a Windows environment, including R, Python and Model builder.

In addition, students must also select two additional courses from the following:

  • Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Statistics
  • One statistical or quantitative methods course
  • Thesis or Capstone with core geospatial methods (pending approval by the GIS certificate coordinator)
  • Other courses with a core geospatial component (pending approval by the GIS certificate coordinator)

For more information about the graduate certificate in GIS offered through UEP, contact the GIS certificate coordinator, Sumeeta Srinivasan.