College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2012-2013

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Geographic Information Systems, Graduate Certificate

This technical, non-degree certificate focuses on producing expert GIS practitioners who are prepared to use geographic information systems technology in the workplace.


What Can I Do with a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems?

The Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation offers a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This certificate provides the opportunity for professionals to re-tool and add GIS technical skills to their abilities. The GIS Certificate can be completed in one academic year (two semesters) for students who begin in the Fall semester (two courses in Fall and three in Spring). For students who begin in the Spring semester the time to complete the GIS Certificate will be either (a) three semesters for students who have no GIS background, or (b) two semesters for students who enter with GIS experience.

University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 20
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Recommended
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • To be admitted, students must have completed a baccalaureate degree from any discipline.
Certificate Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $249 ($199 for early admission) has been approved for this program. 

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