Geographic information systems (GIS) display and manage all types of data over time, usually in the form of maps, charts and reports that help with the analysis of patterns and trends.
GIS technology, easily integrated into any organization’s information system, provides a quick and effective method for sharing data visually and solving spatial problems. GIS is widely used in many fields and industries, including environmental science, architecture, engineering, medicine, municipal government, public health, social work, business, and a variety of research enterprises.
The 18-unit Certificate in Geographic Information Systems teaches both fundamental and advanced concepts and skills, including the design of GIS projects, the operation of software, cartographic output, spatial analysis, and industry-specific applications of GIS. The certificate targets working professionals seeking course work and skill enhancement in the field, as well as students wishing to complement their academic interests with additional training in GIS.
There are no formal requirements for admission to undergraduate certificates. Students should speak with an academic advisor regarding their preparation for specific certificates or courses.
US Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen
International students interested in the certificate programs must hold a visa that permits part-time study (including F-2 and J-2 visas). Students holding F-1 visas are not eligible for these programs. Students holding a B-2 visa may be eligible if the coursework is recreational or avocational in nature.
NOTE: The School of Continuing & Professional Studies is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office: admissions.wustl.edu.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take three to five business days. An application is incomplete and will not be reviewed until all of the application requirements have been received or processed. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:
- Summer 2024: April 30, 2024
- Fall 2024: July 31, 2024
- Spring 2025: Dec. 31, 2024
Completed Application Form
The online application is available on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.
We are here for you every step. Getting started at CAPS is easy.
1. Meet with an Advisor
- Schedule an appointment with an advisor online.
2. Start Your Application
- Applying is easy, and our advisors are here to help you find the path that fits your needs. Apply Today!
3. Plan Ahead
- Explore ways that can help you afford your education such as tuition payment methods, scholarships and financial aid.
Take a course today. Apply later.
At CAPS, students can take courses without applying to a degree program. If you are interested in taking a class to get to know CAPS, to fulfill credits, for professional development, or to follow a passion, the non-degree option is for you. Learn more.
REQUIRED COURSES: 15 UNITS
- Introduction to GIS (U90 GIS 200)
- Advanced GIS (U90 GIS 300)
- Digital Cartography (U90 GIS 303)
- Spatial Data Modeling and Design (U90 GIS 421)
- GIS Clinic (U90 GIS 422)
ELECTIVE COURSES: 3 UNITS. Choose from:
- GIS Programming (U90 GIS 310)
- Applications in Geospatial Intelligence (U90 GIS 410)
- Applications in Imagery Analysis (U90 GIS 435)
- Other courses with approval
Student Success Navigators
Every CAPS student is paired with a Student Success Navigator at the time of admission to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:
- individual appointments with an experienced Student Success Navigator;
- career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
- a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.
Student Success Navigators are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.