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Certificate Programs

Further your geospatial career by obtaining a graduate certificate from the USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute, a recognized world leader in online GIS education. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the United States Geological Survey have designated the USC Spatial Sciences Institute as a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences.

For more information about these certificate programs, contact:

Director: John P. Wilson, Professor of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Tel: (888) 907-5029 (US/Canada)
Fax: (213) 740-0056


Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology

The online graduate certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology is designed for candidates with a bachelors degree or its international equivalent with professional interest or experience working with geographic information systems and related geospatial technologies. The certificate curriculum involves four graduate courses, and coursework can be completed in 9 months when two courses are completed per semester. 

Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence

The online graduate certificate in Geospatial Intelligence is designed for those interested in human security applications of geographic information science and technology. Accredited by the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, the objective of this certificate is to develop career readiness for work in areas such as disaster management, international relief, and many other fields. 


Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Leadership

Designed for the GIS manager or those aspiring to leadership positions, this certificate expands the geospatial professional's knowledge and skills base to make high-level and strategic decisions in the geospatial field. Students develop a personal leadership plan in the capstone course.