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Considering our global environment, professionals working on large-scale GIS projects often find it only natural to couple management and marketing topics with geography. This certificate accommodates students who are pursuing a degree in the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science who also wish to acquire more knowledge on how to manage people and organizations dealing with GIS in a global economy. By understanding marketing terms, financial matters, and also having a good understanding of how to manage people, students will be well prepared to face challenges in multidisciplinary GIS-oriented environments.

All courses are available online; further information can be found with Mason Online.

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


University-wide admissions policies can be found in Undergraduate Admissions Policies.

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


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Banner Code: SC-CERB-GEOM

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 24-25

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.


Students in this certificate can take the following MBUS courses for certificate credit without sophomore standing (listed as a course prerequisite):

Select two courses from the following:6
Accounting in a Global Economy
Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy
Managing Information in a Global Economy
Marketing in a Global Economy
Total Credits6

Geoinformation Science

GGS 101Major World Regions (Mason Core)3
or GGS 103 Human Geography (Mason Core)
GGS 102Physical Geography (Mason Core)3-4
or GGS 121 Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere (Mason Core)
GGS 311Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GGS 312Physical Climatology3
GGS 315Geography of the United States3
GGS 380Geography of Virginia3
Total Credits18-19