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Postgraduate Certificate Blended

Geographic Information Systems

Portland State University

696 USD/credit 13920 USD/full
696 USD/credit 13920 USD/full
466 USD/credit 9320 USD/full
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The graduate certificate Geographic Information Systems is Portland State University’s most sought-after graduate certificate, and for a good reason. We have access to more data, and more need for data analysis now than ever before.  

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Your classes in Geographic Information Systems at Portland State University will put you in good position to work as a data scientists when you graduate. The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems provides introductory and in-depth study into the design and application of geographic information systems (GIS) technology. You can be admitted solely to the certificate program or concurrently as a Masters or Doctoral student at PSU. Our program provides a rich, engaging, and flexible learning environment that will prepare you for a GIS career.

In addition to receiving guidance from faculty members who conduct active research, you will have the opportunities to collaborate with the vibrant GIS communities and professionals in experiential learning activities in the Portland metropolitan area. You can engage in campus life with like-minded peers through the student GIS club and regional conferences, such as GIS in Action conference, Portland Cartography Symposium, and Resistance GIS conference.

What can you do 

Upon completing the certificate program, you could join our GIS alumni who have diverse careers in the public and private sectors, such as land management, urban planning, conservation, utility, consultant, data analytics, and education. The GIS courses offered as part of the Graduate GIS Certificate count toward the national professional GIS certification programs. These programs include the GISP (Certified GIS Professional) certification administered by the GIS Certification Institute and the ASPRS Certification programs by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Digital Compilation and Database Design
  • Remote Sensing and Image Analysis 
  • Cartographic Applications of GIS
  • Map Design and Production

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20 alternative credits



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General requirements

  • Admission eligibility is based on receipt of a baccalaureate degree equivalent to a United States four-year bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized as an institution of higher education by the Ministry of Education in the relevant country or be regionally accredited within the U.S. prior to matriculating into a graduate program.
  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 

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  • International

    13920 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 696 USD per credit
  • National

    13920 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 696 USD per credit
  • In-State

    9320 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 466 USD per credit

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
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