Online GIS Certificate

Learn spatial analysis techniques from the comfort of your own home. Our certificate program is completely online.

University of Florida Online Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems for Urban & Regional Planners

The UF Department of Urban & Regional Planning and UF GeoPlan Center are excited to offer this Online Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Regional Planners.

The certificate program features critical thinking coupled with technical spatial analysis skills using modern GIS software, methods, and applications. Students will dive into the robust capabilities of GIS for visualization, analysis, modeling, and sharing of geographic information. Students can build their credentials and take advantage of the increasing demand in the job market for GIS-specific expertise.

The program is 12 credit hours. There are 3 required courses (9 credits) and one elective course (3 credits). Courses are 16 weeks long. The certificate can be completed in approximately 12-15 months. Courses are taught by UF Urban & Regional Planning and GeoPlan Center faculty.

The courses are completely online and asynchronous, so you can watch the lectures and materials at your own pace. Assignments are typically due every week or two.

Tuition is $675 per credit hour. Total tuition for the program is $8100, which is charged and due per semester enrolled.

Please note: This is an off-book program. If you are currently enrolled in a state-funded campus program, then you cannot also enroll in this certificate.

Required Courses:

There are three required courses (9 credits). These courses cover the foundations of GIS, geospatial modeling (vector and raster-based), software proficiency with ArcGIS, introduction to Open Source software (QGIS), GIS Data and Project Management, Web Mapping and Publishing.

Elective Courses:

Pick from one elective course (each are 3 credits) – click below to see the syllabi:

Program at a Glance

Tuition and Cost
  • 12 Credit Hours
  • $675 per Credit Hour (including fees)
  • Approximate Cost of Certificate: $8,100
Curriculum Overview
  • Four courses
  • Can be completed in 12-15 months
  • Online and asynchronous
ADMISSION Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3.0 Upper-Division GPA or Better
  • Resume or CV
  • No GRE required
  • English Proficiency
Application Process
  1. Complete Department Application form
  2. Complete the UF Certificate Application
  3. Send your official transcripts
  4. Email your resume or CV

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