Expand Your Knowledge and Skills

Are you a geospatial professional who is interested in expanding your knowledge and skill set? Are you new to the field and interested in joining one of the fastest growing areas of technology?

The Certificate of Proficiency in Geospatial Technologies is designed for working professionals and for those who wish to join this field. Courses will equip you with key skills that are in demand in an enormous and rapidly growing range of jobs. You also have the option of taking individual online courses within the program.

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  Application Deadlines

  • Fall - August 1
  • Spring - December 1

The U.S. Department of Labor has defined geospatial technologies as one of major areas of job growth in the coming decade. Geospatial technologies are becoming central skills in an array of fields, including environmental management, energy development, agribusiness, marketing and store location, and logistics. The market for geospatial technology is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with the commercial subsection of the market expanding at a rate of 100 percent each year. The reason is the uses for geospatial technology are widespread and diverse.

The courses address specific needs of today’s geospatial job market, such as programming and spatial databases, as well as core geospatial skills. In addition to the University of Arkansas certificate, the curriculum also prepares the student for three external certifications, if you chose to pursue them.

The six geospatial technology courses will provide you with a solid foundation in the field, including the basics of the computational, mathematical and statistical tools that are the foundations of geospatial applications.

The courses cover the basics of GIS, GPS and GNSS; remote sensing; and LiDAR. They provide particular emphases on the use of geospatial tools in analysis and the creation and use of spatial databases.

University of Arkansas faculty use the U.S. Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) to define the objectives of the classes and overall program. The GTCM identifies the expertise that distinguishes successful geospatial professionals of all kinds, whether you are currently in the workforce or a student planning to enter it.



To be eligible, students should have earned an associate's degree, two years of college credit or the equivalent work experience.



  • GEOS 35403 - Geospatial Applications and Information Science, or
    • GEOS 37303 - Geospatial Data Science in Public Health
  • GEOS 30103 - Foundations of Geospatial Data Analysis
  • GEOS 31003 - Geospatial Technologies Computational Toolkit
  • GEOS 35503 - Spatial Analysis Using ArcGIS
  • GEOS 35603 - Geospatial Data Mining
  • GEOS 35903 - Introduction to Geodatabases


Classes are offered each spring and fall semester.

It is possible to waive 3 to 6 hours of required coursework for GEOS 30103 and GEOS 31003 through successful completion of proficiency exams.



Tuition / credit hour $263.18
Fee / credit hour
Library $4.68
Network & Data Systems $13.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2024 rates for students studying completely online. Students in online programs who take an on-campus course will pay on-campus fees, mandatory and college fees, for only the on-campus course.

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