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Graduate Certificate in GIS

Elmhurst University offers a graduate-level certificate in GIS, offered entirely online.

Elmhurst’s graduate certificate uses six existing courses from the master of science in GIS and features an e-portfolio experience and research symposium. Students who complete the six courses for credit will receive the graduate certificate in GIS, or they may complete an additional four courses to earn a master in science in GIS. 

Required Courses

Six courses are required:

  • AGS 500 Fundamentals of Geospatial Technology (Fall A)
  • AGS 510 Remote Sensing Interpretation (Fall B)
  • AGS 530 Principles of Geodatabases (Spring A)
  • AGS 540 Spatial Analysis and Web Mapping (Spring B)
  • AGS 520 Geospatial Programming (Fall A)
  • AGS 580 E-Portfolio and Research Seminar (Fall B)

If a student chooses to complete the master in science in GIS, additional coursework will include AGS 550; AGS 560; either AGS 590 or AGS 592; and either MBA 509 or AGS 554.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants for the graduate certificate in GIS at Elmhurst must hold a baccalaureate degree in any major.
  • Applicants are required to submit a completed application along with official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate institutions attended to represent the completion of a bachelor’s degree.

How to Apply

To apply for the graduate certificate in GIS, complete the application for graduate admission and follow the instructions for non-degree students. If you wish to complete the additional four courses to earn the master’s in GIS, you must apply following all of the admission requirements for the master’s degree program.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at (630) 617-3400 or

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