Geographic Information Science (Certificate)

SLU’s graduate certificate in geographic information science addresses an increasing demand for professionals with geospatial science skills. It offers a combination of GIS theory and practical training.

About the Program

SLU’s GIS graduate certificate program focuses on current issues, including environmental quality, climate change, sustainability of natural and nonrenewable resources, and the impact of human activities on the environment.

Courses cover the latest image processing techniques for optical, thermal, RADAR, LiDAR remote sensing. You’ll also explore geospatial methods and principles of spatial analysis, database design, cartographic representation, management and data-mining with integration of GIS, remote sensing and GPS.

Theory and lectures are supplemented with hands-on projects involving risk assessment and mitigation, environmental modeling, resources exploration, sustainable development, natural resource management and transportation, air pollution and forest fire management.

Students typically complete the program in 18 months to two years.

Program Highlights

Students in this program have the opportunity to attend frequent workshops and seminars with major remote sensing, GIS and GPS companies.

Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s graduate certificate in geographic information science is a 15-credit-hour program. You will complete nine to 12 credit hours of required courses:

  • Introduction to GIS l
  • Intermediate GIS
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing

Then, in consultation with your adviser, you’ll select three to six credit hours of electives to complete the certificate. Students with previous GIS experience or coursework may be allowed to take an advanced elective in place of the required Introduction to GIS course.

  • Greg Brunner, M.Sc.
  • Jack Fishman, Ph.D.
  • Jason Knouft, Ph.D.
  • Sidike Paheding, Ph.D
  • J.S. Onesimo Sandoval, Ph.D.
  • Abuduwasiti Wulamu, Ph.D.
Graduates from SLU’s graduate GIS certificate program have a very good employment outlook. According to the Geospatial Information and Technology Association, employment in this field is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with the commercial subsection of the market expanding by 100 percent each year.

Recent graduates from this program have been employed by various environmental, remote sensing and GIS companies, including Monsanto, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Tuition and Fees

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Scholarships and Financial Aid
Students in SLU’s GIS certificate program are not eligible for assistantships or fellowships but can apply for external fellowships, need-based aid and other financial assistance through Student Financial Services.

Applicant Criteria

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum GRE scores: verbal-153, quantitative-151, writing-3.5

Applicants with GPA below the minimum GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To request an exception of the minimum GMAT, LSAT or GRE scores, submit a petition to the program director.

Students already enrolled in any graduate program at Saint Louis University do not need to reapply and should submit a Petition for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Admission. Other applicants must submit the following:

Applicant Requirements
Official transcripts
Official GRE scores
Three letters of recommendation
Professional goal statement (500 to 800 words)

Requirements for International Students

  • A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
  • TOEFL score (minimum: 80) or IELTS score (minimum: 6.5)
  • Applicants may be asked to schedule an online interview before final acceptance.

Application Deadlines

The final deadline for fall admittance is May 1 for international students and July 1 for domestic students.