Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis


With an increasing demand for professionals trained in geospatial technologies, WVU is answering the call with its Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis Graduate Certificate. Offered jointly through the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, the program is ideal for graduate students and working professionals who desire advanced training in this high-growth industry. The program incorporates predictive modeling, data exploration, technical issues, programming, spatial hydrology, and remote sensing into the curriculum, making it the first of its kind in West Virginia.

Admissions Requirements

See Admissions tab for required prerequisites.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis requires 15 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $610.

Residents and Non-Residents

Financial Aid

This graduate certificate is not eligible for financial aid.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis?

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the GIS and Spatial Analysis Graduate Certificate degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Geospatial Information Scientist or Technologist

Growth: 2-4%


Growth: 14% or higher

Remote Sensing Scientist or Technologist

Growth: 1%

Geography Teacher

Growth: 5-8%

City and Regional Planning Aide

Growth: 5-8%

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