Geospatial Technologies, Graduate Certificate

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Minimum Total Hours: 12

Program Code: G042, G043 (Online)

Masters students in the existing degree program may be focused in physical geography, human geography, or applications of geotechnologies to geographic questions. For this certificate, however, we recommend a subset of existing courses to focus on one or more of the following: geographical information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RD), or management of geodatabases associated with GIS, RS, or other geospatial technologies.

The embedded certificate consists of a minimum of 12 hours consisting of at least four courses, at least two of which are required to have the GIS prefix. 

Certificate Requirements

Fundamentals 1
Choose two of the following Fundamentals courses:6
Spatial Data Management for GIS Professionals
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
Choose at least one course from the following:3
Spatial Statistics
Spatial Programming and GIS
Interpreting Society and Environment: Qualitative Research Methods
Intelligent Data Analytics
Advanced/Applied Courses 2
Choose one of the following Advanced/Applied courses:3
Geographic Information Science Track
GIS Applications
Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis
Geographic Information Systems for Land Use Planning
Special Topics/Seminar (Topic: Advanced GIS)
Remote Sensing Track
Digital Image Processing
EOS3 Data Analytics
Remote Sensing Hydrology
Environmental Remote Sensing
Weather Radar Theory and Practice
Total Credit Hours12

If the student previously finished a fundamentals course as an undergraduate, they should take an additional course from the Advanced/Applied list instead.


If students started in the Geographic Information Science track, they should continue in this track when choosing Advanced/Applied courses. If students started in the Remote Sensing track, they should continue in this track when choosing Advanced/Applied courses.

A graduate certificate is not a graduate degree. A graduate degree represents a program of independent inquiry beyond the depth of coursework alone, while a graduate certificate represents a set of courses only.

  • All courses must be taken at OU. No transfer credit will apply.
  • No course substitutions are permitted for graduate certificates.
  • Coursework applied to a graduate certificate cannot be more than five years old as of the semester the graduate certificate is awarded.
  • Students must earn a grade point average of 3.00 or higher on all coursework applied to the graduate certificate.