The Geographic Information Science Certificate coursework is designed to provide students who do not wish to earn an entire master’s degree – or who already have the master’s – with the opportunity to gain skills in geographic information science and technology.
The certificate requires 12 hours of coursework, and is usually is usually completed while enrolled in a degree program.
See also: the MA degree in Geography and graduate certificate in Planning
Required Entrance Exam: GRE (score must be no more than 5 years old)
Required number of references to specify in the online form: 3
Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission); letter addressing reasons why applicant wishes to enter the program, not to exceed two pages stating reasons why applicant wishes to enter the program (upload on the Additional Information page in the online application)
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages.
Admission to GIScience: The faculty will give preference to applicants who meet or exceed the following: An undergraduate GPA at or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and at least one score on the GRE (V, Q , or A) at or above the 50th percentile.
- Spring: 11/1
- Summer Session 1: x
- Summer Session 2: x
- Fall: 4/1 (2/15)
- You will study alongside faculty and fellow students actively engaged in researching: climate change, biome change, GIS applications (viticulture; flood modeling; property valuation; visualization), globalization processes, economic development, community development, transportation and land use, precipitation climatology, mountain environments and natural hazards.
- Appalachian’s geographic setting supports research framed around mountain and/or rural settings.
- Faculty members conduct research across the U.S. and in Latin America, East Africa, and Europe.
- You will gain interdisciplinary education and research experience, which is critical in today’s professional workforce. Established research clusters include AppalAIR, AppAqua and Carbon Emissions Inventories and Energy Policy Research.
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
Dr. Derek J. Martin
Graduate Program Director