Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

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 Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation helps current and aspiring professionals to become knowledgeable and skillful users of remotely sensed data and technologies in geospatial systems and analyses. This 12-credit, four course online 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 Graduate Certificate in less than one year by taking a class each term. It will take a little more than one year if you complete one course at a time with no overlap.

Anyone with a baccalaureate degree is eligible to enroll in the Penn State Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation 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 a Master's degree program may count up to 15 credits earned in non-degree status at Penn State toward a Master's degree.

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