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:

  • Successful completion of an introductory GIS course within the last 5 years, or equivalent work experience
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university in a related field with minimum GPA of 3.0

* 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.

  • GIS - 6100 Geographical Information Systems (3 credits)

Policy regarding core course GIS 6100 Geographic Information Systems:

  • All students accepted into the GIS certificate program are expected to take GIS 6100 as their first course -- students need to get permission from the GIS certificate program coordinator if enrolling in an elective without having completed GIS 6100

  • All GIS certificate students are expected to complete GIS 6100 with a grade of B or higher

  • Students obtaining a grade lower than a B are placed on probation and will need to ensure their average grade is a B or higher upon completion of their second course in the program

  • Students whose average grade is lower than a B upon completion of their second course in the program will not be allowed to continue in the program.


  • GIS 6038C - Remote Sensing (3 ) *4
  • GEO 6119 - Geographical Techniques and Methodology (3 credits) *2
  • GIS 6307 - GIS Seminar (3) *2
  • GIS 6039 - Remote Sensing Seminar (3)
  • GIS 6306 - Environmental Applications of GIS (3)
  • GEO 6908 Independent Study (3) *3
  • GIS 5075 - Global Positioning Systems (3)
  • GIS 6103 - Programming for GIS (3)
  • GIS 6112 - Spatial Database Development (3)
  • GIS 6355 - Water Resources Applications of GIS (3)
  • GEO 6115 - Field Techniques (3)
  • GEO 6166 - Multivariate Statistical Analysis (3) *1

*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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