Graduate Certificate Geospatial Information Science

Geospatial Information Science (GIS), known to some as computer mapping, is used to store, manage, analyze, synthesize, and display spatial data and information. In the College of Architecture and Planning we use GIS to analyze and understand the spatial nature of data, to answer place-based questions posed by stakeholders and clients, and to create planning- and research-oriented maps and analyses that are critical to communicating with stakeholders. Our work with GIS in the college is built on the many advances in Geospatial Information Science over the last 40 years.

This certificate program is intended for individuals with an interest in the application of GIS to the design and planning professions. It is open to both currently enrolled students in a University of Colorado degree program who wish to add a credential to their degree, as well as working professionals who are not enrolled as degree-seeking students but who wish to pursue a certificate to improve job skills.

Students who earn this Certificate through the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver will exit the program with the following:

  • An understanding of GIS theory and concepts
  • Technical mastery of general GIS methods using ArcGIS Pro and other GIS platforms as well as familiarity with remote sensing
  • Familiarity with common public geospatial data sources, as well as metadata standards
  • Knowledge of data interoperability, including how to move data and maps from one software platform to another
  • Specialized skills in geospatial technologies and methods related to the design and planning professions, including rendering and visualizations, infrastructure and transportation network analysis,
  • municipal cadastral mapping, LiDAR-based 3D city modeling, Census data mapping and analysis, process automation, site selection and analysis, geodesign, and many others

A minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all GIS related course work is required to earn the GIS Certificate, and for certificate credit a B- or better is required in all GIS certificate courses.

Eligibility, Application, and Tuition and Fee Information

The certificate program is open to all. Applicants already enrolled in a University of Colorado degree program need only submit an internal application to the CAP GIS certificate program. Applicants who are not currently enrolled in a degree program must apply to CU Denver as non-degree seeking students.

All interested program participants must complete one of the online application forms found on the CAP website. Failure to submit an official application may result in the inability for CAP to officially award the certificate upon student completion.

Materials required for all applicants:

  • A short statement of interest (250-500 words) explaining previous work and/or educational experience with GIS, and how this certificate will assist in current or future career or personal goals
  • Unofficial transcripts (if not already admitted to CU Denver)

Find tuition and fee information in the Bursar's Office area of the university website.

Students interested in pursuing the GIS Certificate may start the conversation with the Program Coordinator, Austin Troy or the Program Academic Advisor, Roxy New

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$42,715 Per Year

International student tuition fee

1 Year


Jun 2024

Start Month

May 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • June 2024
  • August 2024
  • January 2025
  • August 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time