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Geospatial Information Science

 

Graduate Certificate | Geospatial Information Science

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The Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Science (GIS) provides students with a graduate level academic credential in advanced Geospatial Information Science and Geographic Information Systems applications. This program is designed for students who wish to establish themselves in GIS practice or enhance existing skillsets, but are not yet ready to commit to a full graduate program.

Would you like to establish yourself in GIS practice but are not yet ready to commit to a full graduate program? The Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Science is for you! Building on NC State's strengths in technology, computational methods, and geographic information systems (GIS), this program provides professional, graduate-level academic preparation in the advanced application of GIS technologies to a wide spectrum of disciplines, including economics, public health, emergency planning and response, land use planning, environmental resources, etc. The certificate, which is also available to current NC State students enrolled in non-GIS graduate programs, forms the basis for the Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the certificate program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students with less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA may still be considered for admission based on the remaining criteria, including other graduate coursework. These determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis. All applicants must submit:

  • Transcript showing Bachelor's degree conferred
  • A clear and concise personal statement/statement of interest
  • A resume/CV

The program website explains the application process in detail.

For students already enrolled in another graduate program at NC State: You can apply to the certificate by using the contact information above and supplying your full name and student ID number prior to enrolling in your first certificate course or during the semester in which you enroll in your first certificate course.

Students may begin taking courses for the certificate in Fall or Spring academic terms.

PLAN OF STUDY

The Geospatial Information Science Graduate Certificate requires 12 credit hours. Six credit hours are core required courses and 6 hours of electives. The focus is on theory and applications of GIS and skill building. A final GPA of 3.0 or greater is required at the time of graduation to receive the certificate. Specific course requirements are listed on the program web site.

CAREER PROSPECTS

GIS careers exist in every imaginable discipline, from environmental science to mining to urban planning to commercial businesses to defense. Practitioners use GIS to visualize, analyze, and model systems to help in the planning and decision-making processes of their organizations. GIS is a burgeoning field, used across government, commercial, and educational organizations. Jobs and salaries vary widely by region, nation, discipline, and experience, but the U.S. Dept Labor has labeled GIS and the geospatial sciences as a high growth high demand field for the coming decade.

The Geospatial Information Science Graduate Certificate requires 12 credit hours. A final GPA of 3.0 or greater is required at the time of graduation to receive the certificate. Specific course requirements are listed on the program web site.

Tuition Level: Graduate

Resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $411.88
Total Estimated Cost for 12 Credits Completed at NC State: $4,942.56

Non-resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $1,007.88
Total Estimated Cost for 12 Credits Completed at NC State: $12,094.56

Approximate cost per semester: $3,706.92 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallApr 15 (US); Mar 1 (Int)
SpringOct 15 (US); Jul 15 (Int)

Dr. Eric Money

Associate Director of Professional Education, Director of Graduate Programs, Assistant Professor

College of Natural Resources

919.513.0408
esmoney@ncsu.edu

Anju Singh

GIS Graduate Program Associate

College of Natural Resources

919.513.0350
anju_singh@ncsu.edu