Graduate Certificate

GIS Graduate Certificate

Gain tools and skills to advance your GIS career.

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Relevant, up-to-date content uses ArcGIS Pro software
Convenient online course offerings that allow you to study anywhere - perfect for those with work or family commitments
No additional out-of-state tuition costs

GIS Online Graduate Certificate Overview

The University of West Florida’s fully online Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science is a student-centered program emphasizing the latest GIS trends. Whether you are a working professional or working from home, this affordable, fully online certificate program provides the flexibility you need to advance your career in this fast-paced, growing field. Because GIS is a constantly evolving field, it is imperative to stay up-to-date with the latest technology. With expert faculty who have extensive GIS experience, your coursework goes beyond simple how-to guides to ensure you have the skills needed to improve your current work or to begin entry-level positions in GIS. In fact, we are constantly developing and updating our course content to meet the needs of the industry and to stay up-to-date with the latest versions of all software. Expectations are reviewed upfront, so you can expect transparency and consistency in course load and required technology. Our expert faculty will guide you through tools including ArcGIS Pro, and Python programming—required software is available remotely, eliminating the need to buy and install expensive programs. Faculty offer weekly virtual meetings and one-on-one advising where you can ensure you are on track. When it comes to your internship, we will help connect you with partners and advisory board members who will find the right position for you.

Extending beyond GIS software, our GIS graduate certificate program provides a solid background in the fundamentals of geography and geospatial science. Your coursework will apply to many different disciplines, including geography, environmental sciences, urban planning, archaeology, business, defense and intelligence, information technology services and public health/safety in the information age. With your knowledge from the GIS graduate certificate program, you can increase your salary or advance your career in a shorter time frame than a full degree.

Most of our graduates obtain a career in the field after they finish the program. You will be marketable as a GIS technician, GIS analyst and GIS manager in several industries including geography, environmental sciences, archaeology, business, information technology services, defense and intelligence and public health/safety.

Florida state employees are eligible to receive the state employee tuition waiver for the UWF GIS graduate certificate.

Master’s in GIS Administration Option

Completing the GIS Graduate Certificate program satisfies the foundation requirement for the MS GIS Administration degree at UWF plus six credit hours of GIS Core course requirements. It also makes it possible for the qualified applicant to complete the MS GIS Administration degree at UWF in no more than two years.

Candidates for This Program Include:

  • Students with at least a bachelor’s degree who wish to enter the field of GIS
  • Full-time employees learning new skills
  • Those seeking in-demand technical experience using industry-standard geospatial software
  • Anyone interested in learning GIS

You Will Be Able To:

  • Recognize and practice using GIS technologies
  • Analyze and interpret large amounts of data collected by GIS technologies
  • Gain real-world experience through a required GIS internship


Component Cost Total*
Program Tuition (without Foundational Proficiencies) $630 per credit hour $7,560.00
Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 3) $630 per credit hour $5,670.00
Program Tuition (with Foundational Proficiencies) $630 per credit hour $15,120.00

Time to completion varies by student, depending on transfer credits and individual progress. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted.

*Review current Tuition & Fees for the Graduate GIS Certificate.

Refer to UWF Cost of Attendance Estimates and Financial Literacy for more information on UWF costs and financial aid.