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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.
To apply, prospective students should complete the George Mason University Graduate Application. Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for study as specified in the Graduate Admission Policies section of this catalog. In addition, 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.
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.
Students must successfully complete 15 graduate credits, distributed as follows:
6 Credits of Required Core Courses
- GGS 553 – Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
- GGS 563 – Advanced Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
9 Credits of Electives
- GGS 505 – Transportation Geography Credits: 3
- GGS 531 – Land-Use Modeling Techniques and Applications Credits: 3
- GGS 551 – Thematic Cartography Credits: 3
- GGS 560 – Quantitative Methods Credits: 3
- GGS 579 – Remote Sensing Credits: 3
- GGS 605 – Socioeconomic Applications of GIS Credits: 3
- GGS 631 – Spatial Agent-Based Models of Human-Environment Interactions Credits: 3
- GGS 650 – Introduction to GIS Algorithms and Programming Credits: 3
- GGS 653 – Geographic Information Analysis Credits: 3
- GGS 655 – Map Design Credits: 3
- GGS 658 – Terrain Mapping Credits: 3
- GGS 660 – Automated Cartography Credits: 3
- GGS 661 – Map Projections and Coordinate Systems Credits: 3
- GGS 664 – Spatial Data Structures Credits: 3
- GGS 671 – Algorithms and Modeling in GIS Credits: 3
- GGS 675 – Location Science Credits: 3
- GGS 692 – Web-based Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
- GGS 772 – Cloud Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
- GGS 773 – Interoperability of Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
- GGS 787 – Scientific Data Mining for Geoinformatics Credits: 3
Graduate courses are generally held one evening per week from either 4:30 to 7:10pm or 7:20 to 10:00 p.m. Students can obtain the certifficate as a secondary degree program while completing another graduate degree program at GMU.
Please see the GMU Catalog Entry for the Certificate in Geographic Information Science for other program details. Students admitted in previous years may have different degree requirements, listed in the archived catalogs.