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Earn Your Graduate GIS Certificate In 12 Months

Advance your credentials with an online graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) through Northern Arizona University. With state-of-the-art lab facilities and cutting-edge software offered in our virtual labs, this GIS graduate certificate program will prepare you to use geographic information systems and geospatial technology in the workplace. Complete NAU’s graduate certificate entirely online and in as little as 12 months.

Work As A GIS Analyst In A Variety of Workplaces

NAU’s online GIS graduate certificate complements a bachelor’s degree for a career in geospatial technology as a geographic information systems analyst.

Employment as a GIS analyst is available in these Arizona environments:

  • Architectural Firms
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Government Agencies
  • Public Transit Agencies
  • Techincal Services

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Geographic Information Systems

Campus Locations

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Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
GCERT
20 units
Maximum Transfer Units
0
20
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.
  • Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program).  See the “Details” tab for additional information.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 20
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 


    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • 1 letter of recommendation
    • Personal statement or essay 
Certificate Requirements
  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.  Under both circumstances, federal financial aid can be used for this certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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Department Information
Learn more about this program and the Department of Geography, Planning & Recreation.