What will I learn?

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) allow us to capture, manage, query, analyze and model geospatially referenced data. GIS ties the idea of location to information, making it possible to visualize it all in map form. Using geospatial techniques we combine and overlay data to show complex scenarios from a geographic perspective. GIS also allows us to integrate data from diverse sources, helping identify relationships, trends, and patterns of distribution.

Our certificate program provides students with a solid grounding in geospatial theory and techniques, combined with the practical skills to apply these techniques to real world problems. Students are exposed to a combination of industry standard software and open source programs in classes that encourage an extensive hands-on approach. We feature service learning components in our courses that increasingly incorporate the growing field of open source GIS.

The demand for geospatial science skills is exploding in today’s job market, and GIS is increasingly popular in many different disciplines and industries, such as; scientific investigation, resource management, marketing, archaeology, environmental research, urban planning, demography, development, policy, public health, emergency management, and logistics.

Certificate students have an opportunity to pick from a broad range of electives that match their interests. Our state-of-the-art Spatial Analysis Lab is available for student research and our faculty members have expertise in GIS, remote sensing and spatial analysis.

The certificate requires the completion of 12 graduate credit hours. Students take three required courses and one elective class. All students are expected to complete the program in two years (four semesters).

Which department am I in?

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (12 graduate credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,770.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 August 2020


George Washington University

1918 F Street, NW,


District Of Columbia,

20052, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission, applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants who have earned their degrees outside of the US must hold degrees from institutions in compliance with their national standards.

For international students

A bachelor’s of arts (B.A.) degree or bachelor’s of science (B.S.) degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered if they submit a letter of recommendation from a professor in a related field.

English Language Requirements:

The university's minimum scores are:

TOEFL: 80 on the internet-based test (iBT), 550 on the paper-based test (PBT)

IELTS: Overall band score no less than 6.0, no individual band score less than 5.0

PTE Academic: 53

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About this uni

With a history dating back to 1821, the university is internationally-recognized and ranked among the world’s top 200 universities.

  • Home to over 28,000 students from over 130 countries
  • 90% of graduates employed or further study within 6 months
  • Offers students 12,000 internship opportunities
  • An extensive global alumni network of 290,000