GIS Certificate


The Geographic Information Science (GIS) Certificate program at Hunter College offers advanced training in GIS to individuals who already have an undergraduate degree. It is a non-degree (non-matriculated) graduate level professional program and students who are enrolled only in the GIS Certificate Program are not eligible for financial aid and cannot apply for a student visa under current USCIS guidelines. However, a student may be enrolled concurrently in both a degree-granting program and the GIS Certificate Program and therefore meet these requirements.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Geographic Information Science was established in 2001 to meet the demand for people with expertise in GIS. The GIS Certificate program is a 15-credit post-baccalaureate professional program that offers advanced training in Geographic Information Science (GIS). Students are required to take five graduate-level GIS classes including GTECH 71000 - Concepts and Theories in GeoInformatics, GTECH 73200 - Advanced GeoInformatics, and three other GTECH or related courses. Students are strongly urged to include GTECH 70900 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems in their list of courses. Those interested in GIS development are encouraged to take two programming-oriented classes (GTECH 73100 - GeoComputation I and GTECH 73300 - GeoComputation II ). Students planning a career in GIS applications are encouraged to choose from the wide range of applications courses. Students interested in remote sensing may take the sequence of GTECH 71200 - Remote Sensing of Environment through GTECH 71300 - Digital Image Processing and LiDAR Remote Sensing courses and those interested in cartography and geovisualization may take GTECH 72100 - Introduction to Cartographic Design and Geovisualization and GTECH 72200 - Advanced Topics in GeoVisualization.

Courses taken to fulfill the requirements of the GIS certificate program may also count towards fulfillment of the Geography MA degree. This happens automatically for GIS certificate students who concurrently enroll as MA students. For students who enroll in the GIS certificate program prior to enrolling in the MA program, the student must request the transfer of credits. The GIS Certificate program does not accept transfer credits to satisfy the minimum 15 credits required for the program.

As the GIS certificate program is a non-degree program, GIS certificate students are considered “non-matriculated.” Enrollment in the GIS certificate program does not guarantee eligibility for financial aid or for a student visa. For more information contact the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (  

Admissions Requirements
For applicants who are currently matriculated and in good standing in a graduate-degree program at Hunter College, there is one requirement to be considered for admission:

The student must have passed a college-level statistics course that covers hypothesis testing and simple statistical modeling techniques.

All other applicants must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered:

  1. The student must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College.
  2. The student must demonstrate the ability to pursue graduate work successfully. In general, the minimum requirements for consideration are a B-minus average in the undergraduate record as a whole and a B average in the major.
  3. The student must have taken a college-level statistics course which covers basics such as hypothesis testing and simple statistical modeling techniques.

Requirements for the Certificate
Completion of the post-baccalaureate certificate program in GIS requires a minimum of 15 credits, which include:

Required Course (9 credits)

Electives (9 or more credits)

Equivalent GIS applications courses offered through other Hunter departments such as Public Health, Sociology, or Urban Planning will be considered.

Additional elective courses may be added to this list or may be used as substitutes with the approval of the GIS certificate adviser.

Minimum GPA Requirement
Students enrolled in the program must maintain a 3.0 average or better on all core and elective courses.

Application Deadline
For fall semester: July 1 (April 1 for international students)
For spring semester: December 1 (November 1 for international students)

All applications are submitted online through the Hunter College Admissions website at  Select Apply Online on the left side of the screen. Each applicant is asked to set up an account and, once done, the online admissions application process can begin. When the Program of Study page is reached select School of Arts and Sciences under the School pull down menu and Certificate in Geographic Information Science under Program Notes (the last option).

Review and Notification
If you are accepted into the GIS Certificate Program registration materials will be sent with further instructions prior to the start of registration. A Schedule of Classes will be available on the Registrar’s web site and will list all graduate courses offered each semester. 

If you are a U.S. Permanent Resident, you must present your Alien Registration Card to the Admissions Office along with your application.

Please Note the Following Restrictions

  • Admission to the GIS Certificate Program as a graduate non-degree student does not guarantee approval to take a specific course or even a seat in a specific course. You need to obtain registration approval from the GIS adviser prior to course registration for all courses (with the exception of GTECH 70900. As a general rule GTECH courses are not over-tallied.
  • Acceptance into the GIS Certificate Program does not guarantee admission as a degree student in a future semester.
  • Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Non-degree students are not eligible for student visas.

Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees for the GIS Certificate program are the same as those for most other Hunter College graduate-level programs. Current tuition and fees (and a tuition calculator) are available at

Granting of Certificates
All diplomas and certificates are issued by the Registrar’s Office. The student should contact the Office of Degree Audit to find out the status of her certificate. Their contact information is