Now accepting students for fall 2017. Classes start September 20.
- Bachelor's degree (in any field) from a college or university
- A minimum 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate course work
- At least two years of working in a field or organization related to geographic information science
- Be prepared to complete graduate-level course work toward the certificate
- Basic computer literacy (high comfort level with Microsoft Windows file and disk management, as well the Internet)
- Applicants should have in their record the equivalent of a basic statistics course (including rudimentary data processing), a basic cartography course, and the equivalent of high school algebra before starting the core courses in the certificate. Statistics or cartography course work can also be pursued in tandem with the required certificate courses
- Prior experience with relational databases or spatial analysis (not required) will be extremely helpful
When to apply
The GIScience program allows students to start during the fall, winter or spring term.
You should have a complete application, including all supporting materials, on file no later than one month prior to the academic term that you intend to start. International students should apply at least two months in advance.
How to apply
Fill out and submit the GIScience prescreening application
First, fill out and submit the GIScience prescreening application form online. The certificate program director will notify you of the results of the prescreening and advise accordingly.
Apply to the OSU Graduate School
Upon positive notification from the program director, apply as a degree-seeking student using the OSU Graduate School’s online application form. The nonrefundable application fee is $75.
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended.
- Provide three references (your references will be contacted by the Graduate School and asked to independently upload their letters)
NOTE: Although the Graduate School application is submitted online electronically – and all of the documentation (scores, transcripts, etc.) can be uploaded as attachments – some students may choose to mail their documentation. Accompanying materials can be mailed to the Graduate School (300 Kerr, Corvallis, OR, 97331).
You DO NOT have to mail AND submit your documents electronically.
NOTE: International applicants must also submit documents and language test scores that are outlined on the graduate admissions international applicants webpage.
Apply to take courses as a nondegree-seeking student
If you don’t want to apply to the OSU Graduate School but would like to take individual classes that are part of the GIScience graduate certificate curriculum, you may apply to OSU as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.
Nondegree-seeking students who may later wish to apply to a graduate degree program should be aware that a maximum of 6 credits earned as a nondegree-seeking student may be transferred to a graduate certificate or degree program. For additional details, please refer to the nondegree graduate status policy.
For admissions questions, please contact:
Kuuipo Walsh, certificate program associate director