Online Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Technologies
Program at a Glance
- 100 Percent Online
- 18 credit hours (up to 6 hours can be waived through pre-testing)
- GRE exempt
- Could be completed in one academic year (two semesters)
- Designed for working professionals
- To be eligible, students should have earned a bachelor's degree in a related field
- $409.94 Tuition
- $2.70 Library Fee
- $10.48 Network & Data Systems Fee
- $30 Off-Campus fee
*Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2016 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.
Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid
Expand Your Knowledge and Skills
National Geographic International and PBS turned to researchers from the University’s Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies to explore the world in a unique way.
The Geospatial Technologies Graduate Certificate is designed for working professionals who wish to develop technical skills in the emerging field of geospatial technologies. The impact of geospatial science and technology in society is powerful and increasingly recognized across industries and disciplines. Courses fulfilling this U of A certificate are taught by faculty at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (http://cast.uark.edu/), an international leader in this field. A recent U of A Department of Geosciences survey shows that employers in Arkansas and surrounding states find it difficult to identify employees with sufficient geospatial qualifications, and the U.S. Department of Labor predicts a bright outlook for geospatial science and technology occupations within the next decade.
The curriculum addresses specific skills that are vital for today's geospatial workforce, including programming and spatial databases, as well as core geospatial skills. In addition to the U of A certificate, the curriculum also prepares the student for three external certifications, if you chose to pursue them.
- Geospatial Intern Program certification through the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
- Certified ArcGIS (Geographic Information Systems) Desktop Associate through Esri, a company that was founded as Environmental Systems Research Institute in 1969.
- The Geographic Information Science Professional (GISP) exam offered by the Geographic Information System Certification Institute
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.
- GEOS 5043 Foundations of Geospatial Data Analysis
- GEOS 5073 Geospatial Technologies Computational Toolkit
- GEOS 5083 Geospatial Data Mining
- GEOS 5543 Geospatial Applications and Information Science
- GEOS 5553 Spatial Analysis Using ArcGIS
- GEOS 5593 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 5043 and GEOS 5073 through successful completion of proficiency exams.