Geographical Information Systems


The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems is directed at managers and administrators in the public and private sectors, technical professionals, decision-makers, and others involved in the planning, implementation and use of Geographical Information Systems.

Individuals who have recently completed formal post-secondary education in GIS-related disciplines, as well as those individuals who have substantial relevant work experience and who wish to upgrade their skills, will benefit from this certificate program. The emphasis in the program is on the advanced applications of GIS and statistical methods to spatial problem solving.

Course Location/Delivery

This certificate is offered at the Tampa campus with occasional courses which will be offered online.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive and based upon academic merit and/or relevant work experience. Students will be selected on the basis of information included in the application. Students who have not recently taken any GIS courses and who do not have any relevant working experience are strongly encouraged to take GIS-5049 GIS for Non-majors prior to starting the program.

This course is offered in Spring and Fall terms every year. The deadline for submitting an application for the Fall semester is May 31; for the Spring semester, the deadline is October 31. The minimum requirements for entry into the program are:

* Courses must have been taken within the past five years

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


None, but please see the minimum requirements shown above.


15 credit hours.

Policy regarding core course GIS 6100 Geographic Information Systems:


*1 - Requires successful completion of an introductory statistics course
*2 - Can be repeated for credit twice (up to a total of 6 credits), provided the course content is substantially different, as determined by the course instructor(s) and the GIS Certificate Program Director
*3 - Requires approval from the instructor and GIS Certificate Program Director
*4 - Requires successful completion of GEO4131C Remote Sensing of the Environment or equivalent course

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 semester hours may be applied with approval from the School of Geosciences.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Dr. Steven Reader
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Jessica N. Wilson - Academic Program Specialist
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