Geospatial Information Sciences Graduate Certificate

Giving you the professional skills you need

  • Our graduate certificate in GIS is designed to help you meet your professional goals by developing your technical skills.
  • An advanced understanding of geographic information sciences will help you advance in your professional career in areas such as geography, planning, development and ecology.
  • By taking advantage of our evening class options, you will be able to pursue your education as a working professional.
  • By partnering with faculty and staff from Missouri S&T, you will learn from a number of experts across a variety of disciplines and applications.

Completion requirements

Students must have an overall grade point average of 3.00 for completion of the certificate program.

Curriculum (12 hours total)

In consultation with the program coordinator, the student should select twelve hours of GEO courses numbered 651-699 or 755.  four of the following three-credit hour courses, for a total of 12 hours.


Admission criteria 

The Geospatial Information Sciences Certificate program is open to all persons holding a BS, BA, MS, or PhD degree.  Students must, of course, satisfy all prerequisites for any courses they take in the program; or they must obtain instructor approval to waive specific prerequisites.  Once admitted to the program, the student must take a minimum of four courses as designated and approved by the program coordinator and must have an average cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better to receive the certificate.

Students who complete the four-course requirements for the certificate with a grade of B or better in each course may be admitted directly to the MS program in Geospatial Sciences if they so choose.  Students much go through the full application process for the MS degree.  This admission does not waive the necessity for students to take required prerequisites for other required courses that are part of the MS program.  The certificate credits taken will count toward the requirement for their MS degree.

Offered in partnership with Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, this graduate certificate is designed to provide graduate-level education in geospatial sciences.

Our program includes a core of classes that are required for all students in the program. After completing those core classes, students are allowed to choose their course work to meet their professional goals, choosing from courses in the areas of physical geography, human geography, geology and planning.

Careers and Outcomes

This program provides valuable skills for a range of careers, including emergency management, conservation and planning and development.


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