Online Graduate Certificate in CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science

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CyberGIS – a new generation of geographic information science and systems (GIS) in the era of artificial intelligence and big data – represents the latest innovative development in the fast-growing field of geospatial data science. Combining advances in high-performance and data-intensive computing with developments in geospatial data analysis, management, processing, and visualization, cyberGIS has rapidly emerged as a major force in private and public organizations and in higher education for harnessing the rapid geospatial data revolution.

The Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science (GGIS) now offers an 8-week  Graduate Certificate in CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science, designed to meet the high demand for these skills across many industries. The online certificate program and associated coursework will allow students and industry professionals to successfully advance their careers.

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You can earn this online graduate certificate by completing three (3) of the following four (4) courses, for a total of 12 credit hours. Please click on each course to read its description in Course Explorer and to check if seats are available. These courses are not restricted to online certificate students.


  • Bachelor of Science degree (ideally in Geography, GIS, Computer Science, or Information Science)  from an accredited college in the United States or an approved international institution of higher education.
  • GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher for the last 60 semester hours of their Bachelor of Science program. Students who do not meet the 3.0/4.0 GPA criterion may still be eligible to enroll if they have significant experience outside of the classroom. Such students are encouraged to complete this interest form.


Tuition and Fees

2021-22 Tuition and Fee rates via Illinois Online.

Tuition for this online certificate program is assessed on a per credit-hour basis. Off-campus online tuition rates are the same for both in-state and out of state students. This certificate is part of a self-supporting program and DOES NOT accept the following tuition and fee waivers (TFWs): Cooperating Teacher waivers, Non-Academic waivers (including UIUC employees and employees of other state institutions), Academic waivers from UIUC, UIC and UIS employees, Related Agency waivers, Field Supervisor waivers, waivers granted through fellowships/assistantships as governed by the Graduate College at UIUC, or Retiree waivers. This certificate program DOES accept statutory waivers (veterans grants, etc.).

Application Deadlines:

Summer 2021: Wednesday, June 9th

Fall 2021: Monday, August 16th


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