Learn to store, analyze, and visualize geographic and spatial data.
Our Specialized Certificate in Geographic Information Systems provides you with the skills to store, analyze, and visualize geographic and spatial data.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allow businesses and organizations to leverage spatial and geographic data in logistics, communications, management, planning, decision-making, record-keeping, and engineering across many industries; including business, defense, urban planning, education, government, health and human services, public safety, and transportation. While map-making is the task most often associated with geographic information systems, their large range of applications means GIS professionals can have other responsibilities, including data analysis, predictive modelling, programming, and project management.
You will learn a full range of GIS capabilities in this online certificate program. Program courses begin with basic skills, such as displaying and querying data, and progress to more advanced skills, such as designing and managing databases and analyzing data for specific applications. In the program's capstone course, you will apply the skills you have learned throughout the program to create and present an in-depth research project.
For more information about this program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
You may enroll in the certificate program at any time. However, it is recommended that you enroll as soon as possible. The program curriculum may be updated at any time; if certificate requirements change, you must adhere to the curriculum at the time of your enrollment into the certificate.
From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable.
It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.
Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
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Although programs are open to all adult learners, UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
GIS Coordinator, Department of Planning and Land Use
County of San Diego
SPAWAR SSC Pacific
Natural Reserve Systems, UC San Diego
California Dept. of Transportation
Chief Caltrans GIS/Project Development
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
County of San Diego
Director of the Ocean Program
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Students will use ArcGIS by ESRI in this course, and the license for this software is included with purchase of the program textbooks. NOTE - a computer with a native Windows operating system is highly recommended.
If you are a Mac user, Esri provides information on installing ArcGIS software natively on a Windows partition using Boot Camp here.
Please visit this page for information on installing Esri software in a virtual environment.
There are no prerequisites required to enroll in this certificate program.
Most students complete the program in approximately a year and a quarter by taking one course per quarter for five consecutive quarters. You have up to five years to complete all requirements for the certificate.
The program costs approximately $4,150 including the certificate fee, course fees, and required textbooks. This is an estimate of the full cost of the program. This estimate may vary based on a variety of factors. All estimated costs are subject to change. Program fees are paid on a per-course basis, when you enroll in a course, and current fees and textbooks are listed on the individual course pages.
Yes! This program is designed for you to take it online in the convenience of your own home or office. Some courses may also have in-class options, but all program requirements can be completed online. For online courses, all assignments, tests, and quizzes can be completed online and submitted through Blackboard, our online learning platform.
If you have taken a course from an accredited university covering the learning objectives of a program course, you may be able to transfer your previous coursework to Extension. If you have not taken a course elsewhere, but already have the skills covered in a course, you may be able to substitute an alternate Extension course in its place. Please contact the program representative at firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 534-9351 for more information.
Yes, the program is open to non-California residents, including non-US residents. The tuition is the same for all students. If you have questions about how enrolling in courses may or may not affect your visa status, please contact our International Department at email@example.com or (858) 534-6784.
You will find a downloadable program flyer and program FAQs under "Related Documents" on the right side of the top of this page. If you need further information, please contact the program representative at (858) 534-9351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a $95 fee upon
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