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Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Manipulate, Analyze and Apply GIS Data


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $5,820

Next start date:

September 2022

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About this Program

Geographic information systems (GIS) combine the age-old science of cartography with powerful spatial database technologies to model the real world. These systems have countless applications in private industries, government agencies, and academia and are continually being used in new ways to change our view of the world around us. 

In this certificate program, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge about GIS and the diverse workplace applications for these systems. We’ll examine the range of information sources that can be combined to build a GIS database, including raw data, scanned maps, GPS positions, aerial photography and other imagery. You’ll learn how these systems are used to support research and decision making in a wide variety of fields, including land-use planning, environmental science, social sciences and disaster preparedness. 


Professionals who use GIS in their current role and those interested in entering the field.

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Video Overview

Instructors of the Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, discuss the many uses of GIS, curriculum highlights and the professional diversity of students in this hands-on program.

Duration: 03:56

what you'll learn

  • Techniques for working with different types of spatial data and databases
  • How to derive, interpret and present results from spatial analyses
  • Important aspects of GIS project design, development and management
  • Ways to incorporate imagery, remote sensing data, 3D spatial data and field data into GIS projects and analysis
  • GIS applications specific to the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound region

Get Hands-On Experience

You’ll develop and implement a range of GIS data applications and mapping products using Esri’s platform; including ArcGIS Pro, mobile applications and ArcGIS Online (free license for software provided via the UW for the duration of the program). 

Career Stats


Alumni working in field

Top Employers

Apple, Puget Sound Energy, Amazon, Jacobs, NOAA, City of Seattle


Projected job growth for GIS technologists in Washington state (2018-2028)


Average salary for GIS technologists in Washington state

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Closed Sessions

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