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The Graduate Certificate Program in Geographic Information Sciences (GISc), offered within the Department of Geography, is designed to educate and train students in geographic

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information systems, remote sensing, quantitative methods, spatial analysis, global positioning systems, and data visualization. GISc is used in environmental policy, marketing, planning, demographic analysis, resource management, ecological analyses, health care delivery, nutrition and diet, environment and health, epidemiology, information technology, and more. GISc practitioners are employed by government agencies, corporations, agribusiness, environmental health and ecological consulting firms, planning organizations, and academic institutions.

Program & Requirements:

  • Complete 18 credit hours of relevant coursework (see Program Description pdf for list of possible courses).
  • Finish in 1 year for full-time students; part-time students have up to 4 years to complete.
  • You must have a BA or BS degree at time of application and have taken an introductory course in statistical methods (course can be added to first semester, if needed).
  • Cost based on rates for graduate tuition & fees and depend on credit hours enrolled (see https://cashier.unc.edu/tuition-fees/ ).

To Apply, send the following to Dr. Erika Wise, Director of the GISc Certificate Program (ekwise@email.unc.edu) by June 15th for fall admission or November 15th for spring admission:

  • Transcripts, showing undergraduate graduation date.
  • Essay that describes your interest in the program and your rationale for applying, indicates your requested start semester, and provides your full contact information (2-page maximum).
  • If you are requesting transfer credit for a previous course (6 credits maximum), include course syllabus, information on where and when it was taken, and short description of why you feel it qualifies for this grad certificate.
  • Have two references send letters of recommendation directly to ekwise@email.unc.edu.
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Please see the Program Description pdf for complete program details.  Further questions can be directed to Dr. Erika Wise, Director of the GISc Certificate Program, at ekwise@email.unc.edu.