Professional Certificate in GIS (Online, 2017-2018)


The Professional Certificate in GIS (Geographic Information Science) aims to advance the geospatial tools & technology skill-set of professionals currently working in fields that use geospatial technologies. It is also an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to revamp their current career, earn continuing-education or teaching credits, or simply learn new and marketable skills.

Our four professional-certificate courses in GIS qualify for both the State of Michigan SCECHs and Michigan State University CEUs. You can easily earn teaching credits (55 or 60, depending on the course) in seven weeks, while becoming proficient in the theory of geographic information science and the application of its many techniques.

The certificate consists of four fully online courses that are each delivered in 7-week sessions. This means that a certificate can easily be earned in two semesters (if courses are taken one at a time) or faster (if courses are taken concurrently).


There are six convenient entry points for our certificate courses (or program), with sessions beginning six times a year:

  • 15 May 2017 (session 35)
  • 10 July 2017 (session 36)
  • 28 August 2017 (session 37)
  • 23 October 2017 (session 38)
  • January 2018 (session 39)
  • March 2018 (session 40)




These courses and associated certificate are ideal for: (1) professionals currently working in fields that use geospatial technologies and pursuing training opportunities, (2) professionals and recent graduates looking to advance or revamp their current career path, (3) graduate students looking to enhance their research and develop marketable skills, (4) teachers pursuing continuing education hours, (5) international students seeking an educational experience and certification from an American university, and (6) anyone looking to expand their knowledge in this field. You do not need to be an MSU student or alumnus to take our professional courses.

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