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Certificate Programs

Codify and expand your skillset, or begin a new endeavor in the geospatial industry.

Our Certificate Options

Penn State Online Geospatial Education offers four certificates in different areas of the geospatial field. Each may be personalized based on academic and professional goals and interests. Courses in our programs are offered over five 10-week sessions: Fall 1 & 2, Spring 1 & 2, and Summer. Our specialized team of advisors will work closely with you in any of these programs.

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Through courses that explore fundamental spatial concepts, trends in geospatial technology, and problem-based GIS applications, students in our GIS certificate program will become more knowledgeable and skillful users of geographic information technologies.

Geospatial Programming and Web Map Development

Geospatial Programming and Web Map Development

Courses in the Geospatial Programming and Web Map Development certificate program aim to advance students’ competencies in GIS programming, web map creation, and software application development, all increasingly important skills for geospatial professionals.

Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

Courses in the Remote Sensing and Earth Observation certificate program are designed to help current and aspiring professionals become knowledgeable and skillful users of remotely sensed data and technologies in geospatial systems and analyses.

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Geospatial Intelligence

Courses in the Geospatial Intelligence Analytics certificate apply tools, methodologies, and tradecraft in the defense, law enforcement, and business domains while integrating geospatial information science and investigative analysis.

Spatial Data Science

Spatial Data Science

Through courses that explore innovative analytical and geovisualization solutions to complex problems, students in the Spatial Data Science certificate program will become more knowledgeable and skillful users of spatial data science and software.

What are Professional Certificates?

Our certificates each consist of four or five courses where you will learn the theory, applications, and skills essential to a specific field within the geospatial industry. If you are seeking to continue your education, earning a graduate certificate can provide several benefits. In addition to providing potential job security and pay, it can expand your professional network while also preparing you to pursue a graduate degree in the future.

For eligible students, our certificate programs offer an accelerated admission application process for one of our master’s degrees.

Professional Development – take a single course!

Our online courses can be taken individually for professional development. For many students, starting with one course is a great way to try online learning with Penn State before committing to a certificate or degree program. This option allows for learning more about a specific topic or expanding a particular skillset. View the course catalog to learn more about our course offerings.

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