students using computers in a GIS lab

The graduate certificate in geographic information science (GIScience) offers comprehensive training in geospatial techniques and technology.

This certificate will enhance your career prospects in fields that use locational data. You will be prepared for employment in jobs that require knowledge in geographic information processing, analysis, and display using industry-standard software and methodology.

What You Will Learn

You’ll have the opportunity to study topics like:

  • cartography
  • remote sensing
  • GIS system design

Program Requirements

For the graduate certificate in GIS, you’ll select 15 credits (usually 5 classes) from a list of seven graduate-level electives in geography.

You should consult the department for course availability and the graduate school catalog for course prerequisites and restrictions.




A few of the classes you may take include:

Geography 540 Cartography and Visualization of Spatial Data

  • GEOG 543 Advanced Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 545 GIS Applications Design and Development
  • GEOG 548 GIS System Design
  • GEOG 625 GIS for Environmental Science
  • GEOG 635 Special Topics in Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 690 Professional Internship

For a complete list of all courses and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Graduate Certificate in GIS?

GIS skills are in high demand in today’s job market. With this certificate, you’ll be better equipped to find work in industries or fields that require GIS-related skills, whether jobs in geography or jobs peripheral to it. Some jobs that may leverage GIS include:

Paying for Your Education

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing this degree? Review our admissions criteria and apply.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about this program or about Ball State Graduate School in general, please complete our online form to request more information. Or if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.

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