Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Gain a thorough introduction to an array of cutting-edge spatial analysis technology and mapping software with the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems in Temple’s College of Liberal Arts. This 12-credit graduate certificate program introduces students to the software used to query, analyze and visualize spatial data.

Through the curriculum, you’ll prepare to enter the geographic information systems workforce. Geographic information is increasingly prevalent in everyday life through the growth of the civilian global positioning system, interest in computational and analytical tools used to study it, and mobile and fixed platforms for reporting locational information. This growth fuels demand for well-trained practitioners of geospatial technology in science and the social sciences, as well as in a variety of professional fields. Department faculty have expertise across GIS applications such as business, geovisualization, environment, health, location analysis, urban planning and remote sensing.

The Geographic Information Systems Certificate (Graduate) is designed to complement Temple’s Professional Science Masters in Geographic Information Systems, and it can serve as a gateway to the program. The certificate also complements graduate programs offered in the College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, College of Public Health, College of Science and Technology, Fox School of Business and Management, and the Klein College of Media and Communication.

Classes & Curriculum

Courses you are likely to take as part of the Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate curriculum include the following.

  • Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, in which students form the knowledge necessary to effectively use GIS software packages, as well as learn fundamental principles such as spatial data models, database management systems, network modeling and geo-coding, and basic vector and raster operations. 
  • Remote Sensing, in which students are introduced to the most basic concepts and skills for downloading, exploring and processing satellite data for broad remote sensing applications.
  • Spatial Database Design, in which students learn the design and management of spatial databases. 
  • Web Mapping and Map Serversin which students explore theoretical and practical concepts of Web GIS (Internet GIS). 

Learn more about Geographic Information Systems Certificate (Graduate) courses.


The Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate prepares students to take on advanced research positions in technology-based companies, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. The program’s elective courses allow students to specialize in the areas of their professional or academic interests.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Graduate Certificate offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,053.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,449.00 per credit

You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.


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