Geospatial Information Science-Basic, Graduate Certificate

Admission Requirements

Students may pursue the graduate certificate while enrolled in the any master’s program or as a certificate-only student.

  • Students already enrolled in the master’s degree program should submit to the academic dean a Secondary Program Request form at
  • Applicants interested in the certificate-only program should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select on the application form the Certificate in Geospatial Information Science-Basic.

Program Requirements

A graduate certificate in Geospatial Information Science-Basic consists of a minimum of 12 graduate hours in courses designated as GIScience Courses, including regularly offered courses as well as special topics courses. Students must have a B (3.0) average in their GIScience courses and no grade below a C (2.0) in their GIScience courses to earn the certificate. The program is designed to:

  • offer GIS study in a variety of disciplines with a variety of applications;
  • teach students GIS techniques;
  • teach students to apply GIS to solve scientific research problems;
  • encourage students to gain experience in the GIS field by means of internships;
  • integrate GIS applications with computer science concepts;
  • prepare students for GIS employment. or additional work at the doctoral level.

Plan of Study

GIScience Required Course
GEO 526Principles of GIS 14
GIScience Electives
Select at least two of the following:8
Remote Sensing/GIS Appl
Dgtl Image Proc/GIS Model
Location Analysis and GIS
Environmental Raster Analysis
Remote Sensing & Photogram
Enterprise GIS
GPS & Mobile Geospatial T
Spatial Statistics and GIS
Applied GIS Projects
Internship in Geography (must be GIScience approved by advisor in advance)
Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Practicum (must be GIScience approved by advisor in advance)
Special Topics courses as approved by advisor in advance
Total Credit Hours12

Requirement waived if GEO 426 Principles of GIS or its equivalent taken as an undergraduate