Why earn a certificate in GIS?

Application Deadline
May 1

While Geographic Information Systems (GIS) answers the “what” and “where”, Geographic Information Science (GISc or GIScience) is concerned with the “how”. GISc encompasses all aspects of GIS such as remote sensing, surveying, mathematics, programming and geography. But, GISc takes GIS a step further by conceptualizing how to store spatial information and analyze data.

UND's online graduate certificate program in Geographic Information Sciences is designed for working professionals. You'll develop a solid theoretical foundation in GISc and the technical skills needed to digitally model landscapes and enable the mathematical characterization of spatial and temporal processes.

This online program emphasizes the development of graduate-level GISc professionals who are highly qualified to work in:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Private industry

The part-time, online GISc program is designed for non-degree seeking professionals who are unable to complete a full-time, on-campus program. You are not required to come to campus at any time. The program is 100% online. You may apply the credits earned in this certificate program to a master's degree in Geography.

Geographic Information Sciences at UND

  • Understand foundational theory and principles of cartography and geographic information systems.

  • Develop a critical eye when designing and interpreting maps.

  • Appropriately model landscape features and to analyze spatial relationships among them.

  • Conduct applied research projects using geospatial technology tools.

GIS Careers 


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GISc students may have educational backgrounds in any field, and commonly have undergraduate degrees in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer science
  • Criminal justice
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Physical or social science education
  • Space studies

A Geographical Information Sciences certificate gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • ArcGIS (GIS Software)
  • Global Positioning Systems
  • Environmental Science
  • ArcMap

UND Geographical Information Sciences Alumni

Geographical Information Sciences alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • United States Department of the Air Force
  • 150th Fighter Wing
  • AT&T, Inc.
  • Acciona Energy North America Corporation

GIS Certificate Courses