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  • Course Delivery
    blended
  • Total Credits
    15
  • Tuition
    $9,375
  • Duration
    1 Year

Program Overview

The application of Geographic Information Science (GIS) technologies has evolved significantly over the course of time and has a far-reaching impact across industries; everything from emergency response to marketing.

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science is an ideal fit for students who are looking for a thorough background in GIS theory and use but are not seeking a degree.

Credits earned in the GIS Certificate may be applied to the Master of Science in Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics. All courses feature online learning with flexible blended scheduling.

In addition to the classroom environment, Saint Mary's provides the option for applied learning experience through the university's unique GeoSpatial Services affiliate, which gives students the opportunity to work in a mentored environment on active client projects with GIS and beyond. Saint Mary's real-world experience, combined with networking opportunities with potential employers and alumni, gives its students an advantage when beginning the career search. Work and program study options and opportunities are available on the Winona or Minneapolis campuses.

Program Outcomes

In addition to broad exposure to the principles and applications of GIS, the curriculum provides students with practical exposure to GIS technology systems that analyze spatial data and equips them to confidently draw conclusions from data in mapped and tabular formats.

Gainful Employment Information

Effective July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education requires institutions with non-degree programs defined as gainful employment programs to disclose certain information about these programs. Read the Geographic Information Science Graduate Certificate Gainful Employment Report: https://www.smumn.edu/gegiscert

Course Information

This technology-centered certificate program for those seeking professional geospatial technology skills, offers coursework in GIS fundamentals, database design, data acquisition, and programming. 

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. Official transcripts posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree
  4. Other relevant official transcripts documenting potential transfer credits
  5. International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluator
  6. A reflective essay which includes a brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience, a description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities, and any personal information the applicant wishes to share
  7. Two recommendations that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and/or academic ability
  8. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience
  9. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam.
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Key Dates

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Start Date
Fall Semester Term I
08/09/2019
09/02/2019
Fall Semester Term II
09/27/2019
10/28/2019
Spring Semester Term I
12/06/2019
01/06/2020
Spring Semester Term II
02/07/2020
03/02/2020
Summer Semester Term I
04/03/2020
05/04/2020
Summer Semester Term II
06/05/2020
06/29/2020
Fall Semester Term I
08/07/2020
08/31/2020

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $9,375

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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