About the Online GIS Certificate

A Student's Story

Gregg chose American Sentinel University because of the online classes’ flexibility and because the school offered an Associates of Science Geographic Information Systems and Bachelor of Science Geographic Information Systems.

“I’ve learned a great deal about how GIS applications are applied to civil applications and how to apply similar applications I wouldn’t normally use on Army systems,” Kimbell says.

In today’s technology-driven world, geospatial information is widely used in a diverse array of applications—as consumers and corporations alike demand real-time, location-based information. Organizations around the globe—from the energy industry to the telecom industry, from health care to business—are developing innovative ways to use spatial data to make critical strategic decisions. As a result, a wide range of industries have a need for professionals with the ability to gather, synthesize and apply geospatial concepts and insights into their working environments.

The 15-credit hour Geospatial Information Systems graduate certificate offers a cross-disciplinary curriculum that focuses on the real-world use of geospatial information to address organizational challenges. Students learn to use tools that enable the integration of visual, spatial, temporal, social and contextual information into the working environment to more effectively solve complex issues.

Program Details

American Sentinel offers an online study format that allows GIS certificate students to fit their GIS online courses work into their busy schedules. Features of the program include:

  • 100 percent online classrooms and course work.
  • 15-credit hour program that takes approximately six months to one year to complete.
  • Only five eight week-long courses.

Our online GIS certificate provides a geospatial foundation that includes the following:

  • An understanding of geospatial principles and practices.
  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS and open-source GIS tools and data sources.
  • An understanding of the primary approaches and strategies used in developing enterprise-level geospatial strategies to meet organizational needs.
  • Familiarity with the ethical and legal issues around the use of geospatial data.
  • The ability to collect, access and use geospatial data across multiple disciplines.

Unlike many GIS certificates, American Sentinel’s graduate certificate does not focus solely on the technology and software behind GIS. Our cross-disciplinary program is ideal for individuals who seek the analytical skills needed to incorporate geospatial tools and strategies into the modern-day working environment and enhance critical decision making and problem solving.


To be considered for admission to the GIS graduate certificate program, students must submit the following:

  • A completed application selecting the GIS certificate option.
  • A resume, curriculum vitae or list of professional accomplishments.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended. The institution(s) must send the transcripts directly to American Sentinel University. In addition, students must have:
    • A bachelor’s degree (does not have to be a GIS degree) from a recognized four-year institution.
    • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale), as shown on the degree transcripts.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the GIS graduate certificate will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of geospatial principles and practices.
  • Develop a working knowledge of ArcGIS and other GIS related tools used in developing and implementing geospatial strategies.
  • Collect, store, access and use geospatial data across multiple disciplines.
  • Develop an enterprise-level geospatial strategy.
  • Understand the ethical and legal issues associated with the use of geospatial data.
  • Understand similarities and differences in geospatial strategies between specific disciplines.
  • Present geospatial information in a clear and professional manner.
  • Present their ePortfolio as evidence of academic achievement.

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