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 nearly all courses in this program online, with one or a few site-based courses required. View the curriculum.
Start terms
3 per year

Admission Requirements: Graduate Certificate
in Geographic Information Science – Online

Admissions requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (in any field) from a college or university
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate coursework
  • At least two years of working in a field or organization related to geographic information science
  • Be prepared to complete graduate-level coursework 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 an introductory cartography course or have equivalent experience. A cartography course 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 eight weeks prior to the academic term that you intend to start.

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
  • Submit a CV or resume
  • Provide three references (your references will be contacted by the Graduate School and asked to independently upload their letters)
  • Submit a statement of objectives which is a one-page document that includes your reasons for pursuing the certificate program, long-range plans and specific areas of interest

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 (Heckart Lodge, 2900 SW Jefferson Way, 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 Status" section of Admission to Oregon State University

Questions?

For admissions questions, please contact:
Kuuipo Walsh, certificate program associate director
kuuipo.walsh@oregonstate.edu
541-737-3795

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