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

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science – Online


Upon completion of this 19-credit online program, you will receive graduate-level university credits and a certificate. You can also apply the certificate as needed points toward the national credential of GISP (Certified GIS Professional) offered by the GIS Certification Institute.

Prep for the program

You need to take an introductory cartography course (GEOG 370) or have equivalent experience. This course can either be completed prior to starting the certificate program or pursued in tandem with the required courses below. 

Program curriculum is geared toward working professionals interested in advancing their careers within the GIScience field. Courses offer quality content formatted for online learning that is engaging, interactive and effective.

Required courses (8 credits)

  • GEOG 580 – Remote Sensing I: Principles and Applications (4 credits)
  • GEOG 560 – GIScience I: Introduction to Geographic Information Science (4 credits)

Additional courses (at a minimum, 11 credits chosen from below)

  • GEOG 510 – Internship
  • GEOG 564  Geospatial Perspectives on Intelligence, Security & Ethics (3 credits)
  • GEOG 561 – GIScience II: Analysis and Applications (4 credits)
  • GEOG 562 – GIScience III: Programming for Geospatial Analysis (4 credits)


As an Ecampus student, you may participate in a 10-week internship (GEOG 510) in which you complete a project of a GIScience nature and submit a final report. It is anticipated that many of the students in the graduate certificate online program will be employed for an agency or organization where a GIScience related internship experience can be easily arranged. If you are not currently employed in the field and are making a career change, the program will try to match you to internship providers in your area.


Kuuipo Walsh
Program director
134 Wilkinson Hall (office)
104 CEOAS Administrative Building (mail)
Corvallis, OR 97331



Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization to operate in your state.

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