Welcome to the University of Miami Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate Program

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This 4-month Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), developed in partnership with the Department of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Miami, provides a broad introduction to fundamental concepts and techniques in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related geospatial technologies. Over the course of 16 meetings on Saturday mornings, you will be introduced to industry-standard software (ESRI ArcGIS), as well as free and open source software (QGIS, etc.) in short bursts. Upon the completion of this Certificate you will be ready to apply geospatial analysis techniques to your own career, or be able to pivot into a new career in geospatial technology. No prior experience with GIS is expected or assumed, and this fast-paced program is optimized to fit the busy schedules of working professionals. Course meetings will center around lectures and hands-on activities and assignments. 

Harness the power of the geospatial!

“Because the uses for geospatial technology are so widespread and diverse, the market is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with the commercial subsection of the market expanding at the rate of 100 percent each year.”
--Geospatial Information & Technology Association
“Increasing demand for readily available, consistent, accurate, complete and current geographic information and the widespread availability and use of advanced technologies offer great job opportunities for people with many different talents and educational backgrounds.”
--U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Prerequisite for the Program

Bachelor degree required (if you do not have a degree please speak with an enrollment advisor at 305-284-4000). This program is a lock-step format in which each of the courses are taken in order from Module 1 through to Module 4.


  • Introduction to GIS
  • Intermediate GIS
  • Open GIS and WebGIS
  • Scripting and Programming for GIS
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