The University of Texas at Dallas


Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Geographical information systems (GIS) are rapidly becoming indispensable for many government and private sector operations. The certificate program provides training in this exciting technology, while also granting university credit that can be applied to a graduate degree. Training is available for both novice and experienced GIS professionals using industry-standard GIS software products. Emphasis is on applications in government and business, in addition to more traditional environmental and geological applications.

UT Dallas GIS certificate recipients will have the background and skills necessary to successfully accomplish GIS projects and support GIS operations in a variety of areas in the public and private sectors including infrastructure and facility management, urban and regional planning, environmental conservation, market research, site selection, real estate, civil engineering, or natural resource exploration.

Classes are offered through the state of the art GIS facilities housed in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. The certification requires 15 graduate hours (five classes) detailed below. All courses taken as part of the Certificate also count toward the master of science in geospatial information sciences degree, and can be taken in conjunction with the graduate certificate in remote sensing and/or the master of science in geosciences.

Admission Requirements
Students seeking the GIS certificate must have completed an undergraduate degree and should apply as “Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems” students. Admissions to the certificate program requires only an application to UT Dallas graduate school, which can be completed online, and an undergraduate transcript.

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Contact: Dr. Bryan Chastain


Contact Information

Dr. Bryan Chastain
GIS Certificate Coordinator
[email protected]

Dr. Fang Qiu
GIS Program Head
[email protected]