Credits required
19 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 19 quarter credits are equal to 12.67 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$560 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Delivery
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
3 per year

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science – Online

Visualize and analyze our world through geospatial science

Advancements in geographic information science are having broad effects in improving day-to-day tasks throughout all sectors of society, from tracking the spread of environmental pollutants to planning sustainable development in urban areas.

Oregon State University's online Graduate Certificate in GIScience is ideal for working professionals who already possess a bachelor's degree and want to reinforce or upgrade their current skills in order to be more competitive in a rapidly changing field.

This online graduate program is offered by the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and delivered online by OSU Ecampus. Logo for The University Consortium for Geographic Information ScienceOregon State is a member of The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science.

Oregon State Ecampus delivers a variety of graduate degree and certificate programs online focused on conservation and natural sciences. Explore similar programs.

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State University

  • All classes are developed by OSU's renowned faculty, who are known worldwide for their research, expertise and innovation in natural resources and science fields.
  • OSU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • OSU is a member of the Natural Resources Distance Learning Consortium (NRDLC), which includes 10 universities who work together to provide more than 300 online courses to agency professionals.
  • Online students receive the same credits as on-campus students, and credits transfer to most higher education institutions.

Apply your graduate certificate toward a master’s degree

The specialized knowledge you gain through the GIScience graduate certificate program can serve as a pathway to Oregon State’s 45-credit Master of Natural Resources (MNR) program online.

The 18 credits you earn may satisfy your area of emphasis requirement for MNR, and you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with faculty who can potentially serve as your MNR advisor
  • Apply for a change of degree at no cost
  • Smoothly transition into the MNR program as a currently admitted student
  • Meet the preferred requirement for natural resources-related work or volunteer experience

Students planning to use credits from a graduate certificate towards a master’s degree should discuss transfer credit policies with an advisor in advance.

Please note: It’s important that you apply to change your degree program to MNR while you’re a current student in good standing in your graduate certificate program. Visit the Master of Natural Resources admissions page for details.

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