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
$528 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 all courses online. Some courses may require proctored exams in your local area.
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3 per year

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science – Online


Upon completion of this 19-credit online program, students will receive graduate-level university credits and a certificate.They 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

Students 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)

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

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

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


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


Kuuipo Walsh
Program director
134 Wilkinson Hall - office
104 CEOAS Administrative Building - mail
Corvallis, OR 97331
Tel: 541-737-3795
Fax: 541-737-1200



Notice to all students: Due to Massachusetts Department of Higher Education guidelines, internships cannot be completed within the state of Massachusetts. Students intending to complete an internship in Massachusetts must work their academic advisors or department to make alternate arrangements.

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