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Division of Continuing and Global Education

Certificate of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems

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13,400 Jobs

Number of jobs, 2021


Median Pay, per year, 2021


Job Growth, 2021-2031

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook - Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

With a focus on science and technology, the online Certificate of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides important skills in a growing STEM field. An already large $10 billion market in GIS technology is projected to increase to nearly $20 billion within the next five years.

GIS is the process of using digital technology to aid in the evaluation of spatial information. GIS professionals acquire, manage, analyze, visualize, and represent geospatial data.

GIS Certificate students will learn the principles and real-world applications of geographic information systems while building highly marketable job skills. Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • Grasp the fundamentals of GIS theory
  • Understand how to design and manage spatial databases
  • Build and utilize spatial data models
  • Use GIS to greatly enhance decision-making in a variety of industries and organizations

Program Information