Graduate Certificate Program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related geo-spatial techniques are fast-growing and increasingly applied to almost all sectors of our society. Examples include environmental mapping, urban planning, and public resource management.
Officially approved by Missouri Department of Higher Education, this transcripted graduate certificate program offers GIS-related multidisciplinary courses through several academic programs of the College of Arts & Sciences, such as Geosciences, Urban Planning and Design, Sociology, Economics, and Criminal Justice and Criminology. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the rapidly growing job market.
This graduate certificate program is open to any students with a bachelor's or a graduate degree and appropriate academic backgrounds, such as degree-seeking graduate students and non-degree seeking community students.
For completion of the certificate program, the student is required to finish the coursework of 17-19 credit hours with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Required Core Courses:
GEOG 450 GIS Fundamentals for Research Application, 4 hours
GEOG 5507 Advanced Geographic Information Science, 4 hours
Electives: Select three of the following: 9-10 hours
GEOG 5502 Environmental Remote Sensing and Digital Image Analysis, 4 hours
GEOG 5504 Biogeography and Landscape Ecology, 3 hours
GEOG 5544 Spatial Data Analysis, 3 hours
GEOG 5548 Satellite Climatology, 4 hours
GEOG 5598D Special Topics in Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing, 3 hours (with the permission by the program director)
CJC 5592 Advanced GIS for Crime Analysis, 3 hours
ECON 5511 GIS for Urban Economic Development, 3 hours
UPD 5740 Advanced GIS for Urban Planning, 3 hours
SOCIOL 5534 Spatial Thinking in Social Science, 3 hours
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will be able to identify geospatial issues and
technical needs in problem-solving in relation to relevant
academic disciplines, industrial production, or public
- Students will be able to design geospatial technical
approaches for problem-solving.
- Students will be able to analyze geospatial data and
produce maps using relevant GIS software.
- Students will be able to present geospatial study
findings with oral presentation and written reports.
The program related information:
- Examples of possible occupations for the certificate graduates:
Geospatial Information Scientist or Technologist
Research or develop geospatial technologies. May produce databases, perform applications programming, or coordinate projects. May specialize in areas such as agriculture, mining, health care, retail trade, urban planning, or military intelligence.
- Estimated costs of books and supplies
Estimated costs of books and supplies to complete the program (five courses with 17-19 credits) are $700. In addition, UMKC’s website maintains the information of updated tuition rates.
Estimated time duration of program completion
Typically, the student can complete the program with five courses within the duration of two regular semesters and one summer session OR three regular semesters
Application (Declaration) Process:
The graduate students who are currently enrolled at UMKC and want to declare a GIS Graduate Certificate may do so at any time prior to completing their graduate degree. The student must complete a
Declaration of Major Change form and fill in the “Secondary” section of the form and enter GIS Graduate Certificate in the “Plan field.” Students must get approval from the Geosciences department (see contact below) and return the form to the Registration and Records Office for Processing.
New students who have not been admitted to UMKC and want to pursue the GIS Graduate Certificate are required to fill out the
UMKC Graduate Application.
a. Domestic students who apply to this program will be required to provide official transcripts that indicate they have successfully completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
b. International students who apply to this program will be required to provide the following:
• Official transcripts that indicate they have successfully completed an undergraduate
degree from an accredited institution
• Proof of language ability via TOEFL
• Minimum grade point average of 3.0
• Qualifying financial support via a bank account
• Copy of I94 paperwork
(Before application, the prospective student needs to contact UMKC International Student Affairs for all related matters at
Dr. Wei "Wayne" Ji
5100 Rockhill Road
Department of Geosciences
College of Arts & Sciences
Kansas City, Missouri 64110