Geographic information systems, or GIS, is quickly becoming one of the most important technologies in private business and the public sector. The analysis of data within a framework of location can transform strategy and operations. American Sentinel University has long known the power and importance of GIS and has offered accredited online Bachelor of Science Geographic Information Systems and Associate of Science Geographic Information Systems degrees since 2006.
Now we’re proud to announce two new online programs — the Geospatial Information Systems Graduate Certificate and the Master of Geospatial Information Systems — that help people further their geospatial studies and professional goals. Like the bachelor and associate degrees, the master’s and graduate certificate programs teach students the software, concepts, and skills needed to pursue or advance in roles using GIS for modern-day problem solving.
The Geospatial Information Systems Graduate Certificate is a 15-credit hour program for a working professional in almost any industry. It offers a foundational and accelerated framework, which can be completed in as little as ten months, to learn the core skills and knowledge necessary to address real-world challenges with spatially relevant, data-driven, solutions that improve organizational capability and performance. Students learn to apply GIS concepts across many disciplines, including logistics and supply chain as well as demographics and communications.
The Master of Geospatial Information Systems is a 12-course, 36-credit hour program designed to help working professionals who already have experience in GIS gain the skills and knowledge to strategically support their organizations with geospatial insight, understanding, and applications. The skills are applicable to such industries as health and human services, environmental studies and engineering, business, government and the public sector, defense and public safety, natural resources, energy, and utilities.
There are two options within the program for students to choose from: the course track and the custom project track. The course track offers a more traditional academic structure in which the student investigates through theory and hands-on exercises how to apply GIS in a variety of industries or economic sectors, including government, defense, business, and natural resources.
The project track incorporates an appropriate technically oriented project that addresses and solves a real issue. Most often, the project will be a stepping stone that students can use practically to help their organizations.
The additional programs put American Sentinel at the forefront of online GIS education. People who wish to enhance their careers can now choose from four different programs structured to help them further their professional goals, no matter what their previous experience or the level of job they wish to pursue in GIS.