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 certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates
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.
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.
|GGS 553||Geographic Information Systems||3|
|GGS 563||Advanced Geographic Information Systems||3|
|Select 9 credits from the following:||9|
|Land-Use Modeling Techniques and Applications|
|Systematic Applications of GIS|
|Spatial Agent-Based Models of Human-Environment Interactions|
|Introduction to GIS Algorithms and Programming|
|Geographic Information Analysis|
|Map Projections and Coordinate Systems|
|Spatial Data Structures|
|Algorithms and Modeling in GIS|
|Web-based Geographic Information Systems|
|Cloud Geographic Information Systems|
|Interoperability of Geographic Information Systems|
|Scientific Data Mining for Geoinformatics|