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Certificate of Graduate Study

Geospatial Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics

Program of Study


GIS certificate courses give you first-hand experience using geospatial technologies along with associated artificial intelligence techniques and big data analysis to retrieve and process geographic information and present it in digital maps as well as 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


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.

Additional Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Dr. Rui Li at [email protected].

Supplemental Degree Program

You can add this certification as a supplemental degree through the MyUAlbany portal if you're enrolled in one of the UAlbany programs listed below:

  • Anthropology MA, PhD
  • Atmospheric Science MS, PhD
  • Criminal Justice MA, PhD
  • Environmental Health Sciences MS, PhD 
  • Epidemiology MS, PhD
  • Information Science MS, PhD
  • Public Health MPH, DrPH
  • Sociology MA, PhD


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Admissions Requirements
  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: Rolling
  • Summer: Not Available

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

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 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.