Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

In collaboration with the Dutton e-Education Institute and the World Campus, Penn State's Department of Geography has offered instructor-led online education since 1999. The Certificate Program in GIS helps current and aspiring professionals to become knowledgeable and skillful users of geospatial data and technologies. The Program is designed for working professionals who are only able to study part-time and at a distance.

All courses are instructor-led, and are offered in compressed ten-week terms. Students are expected to devote approximately eight to twelve hours of effort per week. Although assignments are due weekly, students are free to study at their convenience. A student can earn the Certificate of Achievement in less than one year if you take a class each term. It will take a little more than one year if you complete one course at a time.

Anyone with a baccalaureate degree is eligible to enroll in the Penn State Certificate Program in GIS as a non-degree graduate student. (Please be sure to select "Certificate Admission - $65.00" when applying.) Under certain circumstances, students without a degree may also enroll in courses. Those who subsequently apply and get accepted to the Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) degree program may count up to 15 credits earned in non-degree status toward the MGIS degree.

Postbaccalaureate Certificate in GIS - Traditional Track

The Postbaccalaureate Certificate in GIS - Traditional Track is designed to help novice and intermediate-level practitioners become more knowledgeable and skillful users of geographic information technologies. The program focuses on concepts and the latest skills that can be applied immediately in the workplace. Students complete 12 credits, which include a 3-credit course in the nature of geographic information, 6-credits of introductory problem-based GIS courses, and 3-credits of an elective in the student’s interest area.

Postbaccalaureate Certificate in GIS - Experienced or Certified Professionals Track

The Postbaccalaureate Certificate in GIS - Experienced Professionals Track enables certified or licensed professionals and experienced GIS professionals to earn the GIS certificate by taking more elective courses and fewer prescribed courses. This gives certified GIS professionals - mapping scientists, photogrammetrists, and licensed professional surveyors - the opportunity to tailor the certificate to their area of interest. Students complete 11 credits, which include a 2-credit course in professionalism in GIS&T OR a 2-credit course in the nature of geographic information, and 9-credits of electives in the student’s interest area.

The GIS Certificate section includes:

Admissions Criteria and Application Procedures

Curriculum

FAQ - GIS

You can also link to the World Campus, Penn State's online delivery unit, for more information.

Questions?

If you have any questions on how to get started, please email us at info@gis.psu.edu.