Geographic Information Science (GISci) Certificate

The Department of Geography offers both Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates in GIScience. Each Certificate is designed to give students the necessary technical skills and theory-based background to compete in the rapidly growing field of Geospatial Technology. GISci is applied to problems in fields ranging from environmental science to urban planning to business decision -making. This certificate program builds qualifications for employment and/or further study in GISci.

Miami’s GISci Certificate is a meant to complement any existing degree program (undergraduate or graduate) or it can be earned by itself.

What Students Learn

GISci is an abbreviation for “Geographic Information Science”.  GISci is the theoretical foundation for all spatially driven technologies, such as GIS, Remote Sensing, and GPS. The GISci Certificate at Miami is focused beyond just Geographic Information Systems to the broader Geographic Information Sciences. Students will not only learn GIS theory and techniques, but also Remote Sensing, GPS, Database theory and practice, and computer programming. All of these topics together help to provide students with a well-rounded GISci education and and understanding of how the different spatial technologies are different but can be used together to answer questions about our natural and built environments.

How to Add the Certificate

Contact the GISci Certificate Advisor, Robbyn Abbitt ( to set up a short advising meeting.

Graduate Students
Fill out the Graduate School Certificate Application Form. You will then be contacted by the GISci Certificate Advisor to set up a short advising meeting.


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