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Certificate of Graduate Study

Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis

Program of Study

    GIS certificate courses give you first-hand experience using computer-based spatial data systems to retrieve and process geographic information and present it in digital maps and other visual formats.

    The five-course curriculum teaches you how to use geographic mapping technologies to:

    • Respond to urban emergencies    
    • Track environmental change
    • Predict natural disasters    
    • Identify emerging social issues
    • Study socioeconomic and market trends

    By the end of the program, you’ll be ready to support mapping projects in natural resource management, agriculture, archeology, environmental protection, forestry, or urban planning.


    Required Courses

    • Statistical Methods
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Remote Sensing II
    • Advanced Cartography
    • Seminar in Geographic Information Systems


    See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

    For more information, contact Rui Li at


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    To be admitted to the GIS certificate program, you must demonstrate your interest in using geographic data to support academic or professional work in social sciences, environmental studies, market research, or urban and regional planning. 


    International Students

    This degree is designated as a STEM program. Upon graduation, international students with an F-1 visa are allowed to apply for a 2-year extension to the automatic 1-year post-graduate Occupational Practical Training (OPT) period.

    Admissions Requirements

    Departmental Assistantship Consideration

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      Required Application Materials
      • Transcripts from all schools attended
      • Three letters of recommendation
      • Statement of goals
      Student Learning Objectives

      Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

      Certificate of Graduate Study
      • Develop their proficiency in each of the following:  cartography, GIS, remote sensing, and statistical analysis.
      • Gain knowledge of varied advanced applications of these methods in fields such as environmental, urban, and land use analysis; planning; and resource applications.
      • Qualified students are encouraged to participate in advanced internship and practical experiences, including contract work and independent projects.