USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology

The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) is an excellent starting point for individuals interested in GIS. Professionals who want to enhance their existing skill sets may also use the core courses and electives available in the graduate certificate program to gain experience within a specific area, such as spatial data management, spatial data acquisition, spatial modeling or cartography and spatial data visualization.

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Graduate Certificate in GIST Career Opportunities

“The Graduate Certificate in GIST played an instrumental role in my promotion to GIS analyst, and I decided to continue with the master’s portion of the program, focusing on web and mobile GIS. The knowledge and expertise I gained from these courses facilitated my second promotion to senior GIS analyst.”

-Jo-Anne Antoun
Graduate Certificate in GIST, Class of 2013
Candidate for M.S. in GIST
Senior GIS Analyst at Snohomish County, WA

The GIST graduate certificate program prepares students with a core foundation in spatial thinking and working with spatial data. For students starting their GIS careers, the coursework will prepare them for GIS analyst and technician roles. USC’s extensive selection of electives offers opportunities to gain sophisticated skills in more specific domains within geographic information science, allowing experienced professionals to augment their knowledge.

Certificate students hoping to enter senior-level GIS careers or GIS leadership positions may also consider the M.S. in GIST program; all credit earned with the GIST graduate certificate can be applied toward completion of the master’s.

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Curriculum Summary

The GIST graduate certificate program consists of 8 units of core coursework in spatial thinking and spatial data acquisition. Students also select two elective courses to complete the program and enhance their knowledge with more specific expertise. The eight available electives cover the whole field and range from cartography and visualization to web and mobile GIS.

To see a full list of GIST certificate electives, visit the curriculum page.

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GIS Fieldwork on Catalina Island

Our M.S. in HSGI, M.S. in GIST and Graduate Certificate in GIST programs will take students on a weeklong fieldwork excursion to the USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability — a half-acre research and educational campus on Catalina Island.

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Veteran Funding

The Spatial Sciences Institute proudly offers a variety of funding options for active duty and veteran service members enrolled in GIS graduate programs and is a proud Yellow Ribbon Program participant.

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