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This graduate certificate prepares students for employment in federal, state, and local government positions that require GIS skills. The certificate has been found suitable for the needs of business and industry, including those corporations that serve as contractors to governments in the United States and overseas.

The Geographic Information Science Graduate Certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


University-wide admissions policies can be found in the Graduate Admissions Policies section of this catalog.

To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.

Applicants to this certificate program must submit a current résumé. GRE scores and letters of recommendation are not required but will strengthen an application, if available. TOEFL scores are required of all international applicants.

All applicants should have a working knowledge of, or prior education or training in, computer technology. Knowledge of GIS, remote sensing technology, and cartography are preferred. Students from any discipline are welcome to apply.


For policies governing all graduate programs, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Premium Tuition Rate

This professional certificate program charges students at a differential (premium) tuition rate. This rate applies to all students who enroll in this certificate program, regardless of in-state or out-of-state status. The differential tuition will be used to fund continuing improvements in the departmental computational facilities used to support the certificate program.

Banner Code: SC-CERG-GISC

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Core Courses

GGS 553Geographic Information Systems3
GGS 563Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
Total Credits6


Select 9 credits from the following:9
Transportation Geography
Land-Use Modeling Techniques and Applications
Thematic Cartography
Quantitative Methods
Remote Sensing
Systematic Applications of GIS
Spatial Agent-Based Models of Human-Environment Interactions
Introduction to GIS Algorithms and Programming
Geographic Information Analysis
Map Design
Terrain Mapping
Automated Cartography
Map Projections and Coordinate Systems
Spatial Data Structures
Algorithms and Modeling in GIS
Location Science
Web-based Geographic Information Systems
Cloud Geographic Information Systems
Interoperability of Geographic Information Systems
Scientific Data Mining for Geoinformatics
Total Credits9