GIS and Geospatial Technologies Graduate Certificate

Utilize geospatial technologies to address real world location-based challenges across a variety of industries.


This graduate certificate provides students with highly-sought after skills to include:

  • Manage, manipulate, and create data using industry standard desktop software and online tools
  • Analyze data and answer location-based questions
  • Convey visualizations through hardcopy products, interactive web maps, applications, and story maps
  • Create field data production workflows using applications within ESRI’s ArcGIS platform

Building on the long-standing reputation of URI as an international leader in the field of geospatial technology, this program is taught by Research Associates of the Environmental Data Center, a research lab in the Department of Natural Resource Science.

This 12 credit certificate program provides students with the flexibility to complete the program requirements from anywhere in the world, making it an ideal option for working professionals, military service members, and international students.


EVS509: Web-Based Mapping
NRS570: Geospatial Data Acquisition and Management
NRS571: Techniques in Geospatial Analysis
NRS572: Advanced Topics in Geospatial Data Visualization

Tuition per credit based on 2024/2025 academic year rates (subject to change): $887


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • College transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
    • Interest in program
    • Relevant work experience
    • Reasons for applying to the online program at URI
    • Professional goals, as well as plans for achieving these goals

Fall 2024 Dates

7/30Application Deadline
9/3Classes Begin

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Geospatial technologies are prevalent in all economic sectors and are a critical support tool for resource management, planning, emergency management, and community health. Through this online graduate certificate program, students will leverage their data skillset for a variety of positions in the private and public sector, including public agencies, municipalities, engineering firms, and NGOs.

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GIS Analyst

Collects, manages, analyzes, and visualizes spatial data to support decision-making processes in fields such as urban planning, transportation, and natural resource management.

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Spatial Data Scientist

Applies statistical and machine learning techniques to analyze and model geospatial data, uncovering patterns and trends to inform strategic planning and policy development.

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Designs and produces maps, charts, and visualizations using GIS software and geospatial data, ensuring accuracy, clarity, and effectiveness for diverse applications.

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