Graduate Programs at UConn
The Department of Geography, University of Connecticut, initiated a Certificate Program in Geographic Information Systems in September 1989. This program is a graduate certificate program formally recognized by the University of Connecticut. Students completing the Certificate Program receive a certificate of completion and the award of the Certificate is entered on the student’s official University of Connecticut transcript.
The Certificate Program is designed to recognize completion of a focused set of courses for graduate students and other professionals seeking expertise in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS are computer systems for integrating and analyzing spatial data. These systems, and the science behind their development and use, are the topics covered in the required coursework. GIS and related technologies are used in a wide range of applications in the public and private sectors. The elective coursework provides students with the opportunity for graduate study in fields where GIS are used.
Application to the GIS Certificate Program is made through the Graduate School of the University of Connecticut. Applicants complete the first page of the application and indicate that they are applying to the Certificate Program in Geographic Information Systems.
Students applying for admission to or already enrolled in a graduate degree program in Geography or another field of study at the University of Connecticut may apply for admission to the Certificate Program. They must apply to the Graduate School through the described process. They are not required to pay an additional application fee.
Non-degree students may also apply for the program. Non-degree students are required to pay the application fee to the graduate school. Non-degree students may be required to obtain instructor consent to enroll in all or some graduate courses taken to complete the Certificate.
All students applying for admission to the Certificate Program must have a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited institution. Official transcripts and a personal statement of interest in the program must be submitted with the application. GRE scores and letters of recommendation are not required for application to the GIS Certificate Program.
Complete applications are forwarded to the GIS Certificate Program Coordinator for review and approval. When action on the application has been taken, the GIS Certificate Program Coordinator notifies the Graduate School.
Non-degree students in the Certificate Program may be eligible for financial support in the form of fellowships, scholarships, or assistantships from the Department of Geography. Non-degree students who decide to apply for admission to a graduate degree must apply separately for admission to the Graduate School. The credits taken in the Certificate Program on a non-degree basis may apply to the completion of a graduate degree.
Program of Study for the Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
It is best to start the Certificate Program coursework in the fall semester. GEOG 5500 and GEOG 5510 are offered in the fall and spring semesters respectively. Sample programs of study are shown below.
When an admitted student has completed the 12 credits of required and elective coursework, the student must provide a transcript to the GIS Certificate Program Coordinator. The Coordinator reviews the transcript to make sure that the requirements of the program have been met. The Coordinator notifies the Graduate School that the admitted student has met the requirements. The Graduate School then awards the Certificate. The appropriate designation appears on the student’s official university transcript. The Graduate School notifies the student that the Certificate has been awarded by letter.
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