Geospatial Information Science-Advanced

Program Director: Dr. Jamie Leonard

Program Overview:
An Advanced graduate certificate in GIScience consists of a minimum of 12 hours in courses designated as GIScience courses beyond the requirement for the GIScience Certificate-Basic.

Program Highlights:
Geospatial Information Science is a research field that utilizes specialized computer hardware, software, and procedures for presentation and analysis of all types of natural and social science data referenced (mapped) to the earth’s surface. Students who complete the requirements for the Advanced certificate should be able to:

• perform advanced GIScience techniques using vector, raster, and remote sensing data;
• apply GIScience to display, support, and analyze research questions in the social or natural sciences;
• collect and create GIScience data using various technologies and softwares;
• recognize and apply computer science concepts such as data collection, representation, queries, and storage; and
• enter GIScience employment or continue GIScience work at the doctoral level.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

  • Under the Code of Federal Regulations 668.6B, the following information is provided to prospective students seeking only the certificate (not simultaneously with a degree) to help them make informed decisions about this program, which does not lead to a degree. NOTE: Standard Occupational Classification (“SOC”) codes are issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The SOC is linked to the occupational profile on O*NET, the nation’s primary source of occupational information.
Intended Occupation for Certificate Holders Standard Occupation Code
Geographic Information Systems Technicians    Bright Outlook      Green 15-1199.05
Geographers 19-3092.00
Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists 15-1199.04
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 17-1021.00
Computer Systems Analysts 15-1121.00
Geodetic Surveyors 17-1022.01
Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists 19-2099.01
Remote Sensing Technicians 19-4099.03
Surveying Technicians 17-3031.01
Mapping Technicians 17-3031.02
City and Regional Planning Aides 19-4061.01
Forest and Conservation Workers 45-4011.00
Precision Agriculture Technicians 19-4099.02


Standard Time to Completion: 2-3 semesters.

Curriculum:  4 courses | 12 credits (see catalog for specific course requirements)


Cost of books and supplies (estimate): $250

Information about Students who have Completed the Certificate-Only Program in the Most Recent Full Year (Fall 2011-Summer 2012):

  • Number of certificate-only students enrolled: NA (new program)
  • Number of certificate-only students completing: NA (new program)
  • On-Time Completion Rate: NA (new program)
  • Job Placement Rate: NA (new program)
  • Median Loan Debt: NA (new program)
Certificate Application Essentials:
How to apply:

  • Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select the GIS Certificate on the application form.
  • Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website.
  • Students already enrolled in the Geography master’s program who wish to earn the certificate simultaneously can apply easily by submitting a Secondary Program Request form:

Deadline for Application: December 1 (Spring semester); August 1 (Fall Semester); May 1 (Summer)