The UF Department of Urban & Regional Planning and the UF GeoPlan Center are excited to offer this online graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems, launching in May 2017.
This certificate program allows participants to learn foundational GIS concepts and modern GIS software, methods, and applications to build their credentials and to take advantage of the increasing demand in the job market for GIS-specific expertise.
In the field of urban and regional planning, GIS is tightly integrated in the daily workflows of professional planners for its robust capabilities of visualization, analysis, modeling, and sharing of geographic data. As such, a common job requirement for planners is working knowledge of GIS and mapping. The field of GIS and the need for skilled GIS practitioners continues to grow to meet the demands of its users and applications.
This certificate supports the preparation of robust planning professionals with GIS expertise through the teaching of modern, industry-standard software, skills, and critical thinking to address urban planning issues.
The program is 12 credit hours. There are 3 required courses (9 credits) and one elective course (3 credits).
Courses are 8 weeks long. The entire certificate is designed to be completed in four 8-week semesters.
Courses are taught by UF Urban & Regional Planning faculty and UF GeoPlan Center staff.
To be eligible for this program, students must meet the following qualifications:
- Each applicant must have a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from an international college or university.
- 3.0 Upper-Division GPA or better
- Resume or CV