Graduate Certificate: Geographic Information Systems


Learn more about the graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

About the Certificate

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful analytical software tool that combines data and maps to solve complex problems at different scales. GIS is a rapidly growing field with applications in a variety of disciplines, including engineering, journalism, planning, public health and sustainability. The Graduate Certificate in GIS teaches advanced location science and technology that meets the increased demand for well-trained professional practitioners. Our courses introduce students to a variety of cutting-edge spatial analysis technology and mapping software to identify, analyze and visualize spatial data patterns. The Graduate Certificate in GIS has a range of electives to allow students to tailor their coursework to their professional or academic interests. The Department of Geography and Urban Studies faculty have expertise in a range of GIS applications, including business, environment, geovisualization, health, location analysis, remote sensing and urban analytics.

The certificate complements our Professional Science Master’s in GIS and may serve as a gateway into the program. Students in the certificate program pursue a curriculum that provides training in GIS that also complements graduate programs offered in the College of Education and Human Development, College of Liberal Arts, College of Public Health, College of Science and Technology, Fox School of Business and Management, and Lew Klein College of Media and Communication.

Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 4 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate can be completed on a part-time basis. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for a student visa based on admission to the certificate program. Please contact the certificate program's administrator for more information.

Job Prospects: Training in GIS prepares individuals to take on advanced research positions in technology-based companies, governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. The array of electives for the certificate allows students to specialize in the areas of their professional or academic interests.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Courses are available to non-matriculated graduate students with approval from the Graduate Chair or Assistant Director. Non-matriculated students may take up to 12 credits prior to matriculation in the Professional Science Master’s in GIS. Please contact for more information about registering as a non-matriculated student.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:
Fall and Spring: Admission is on a rolling basis. Interested students should contact for permission to enroll in coursework. Students are processed by the Office of Continuing Studies.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 121

Required Courses:

Core Course 2
GUS 5062Fundamentals of Geographical Information Systems3
or GUS 8067 Spatial Database Design
Select three from the following: 39
Special Topic Seminars 4
Cartographic Production
Remote Sensing
Urban Geographical Information Systems
Environmental Applications of GIS
GIS and Location Analysis
Census Analysis with Geographical Information Systems
GIS for Health Data Analysis
Advanced Remote Sensing
Advanced Statistics for Urban Applications
Cartographic Design
Application Development for Geographic Information Systems
Spatial Database Design
Web Mapping and Map Servers
Total Credit Hours12

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum


Certificate Program Web Address:

Admissions Information:

Dept. of Geography and Urban Studies

308 Gladfelter Hall (025-27)

1115 W. Polett Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6089


Department Contacts:

Senior Manager, Administration:

Vicki Giammarco


Program Coordinator:

Liz Janczewski


Assistant Director:

Lee Hachadoorian, PhD


Graduate Chairperson:

Hamil Pearsall, PhD



Melissa Gilbert, PhD