Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Certificate Program

Geographic Information Systems Certificate


Earn a Certificate in GIS
Cost: $4,345 - $4,740

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Aerial mapping


Aerial view of SF State


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What Students Say


Molly Barth, GIS Certificate Graduate



“The GIS certificate program prepared me well for a position working as a GIS analyst. I was hired as a paid GIS intern only a few months after finishing the program and am working towards a full-time position. The courses are very applicable to real-world scenarios and the course materials are a great reference to have as I apply what I have learned to tasks at my new job.”

Molly Barth




About the GIS Program



Have you ever used the navigation system in a car? Then you have used a geographic information system (GIS) — a comprehensive database used to query, analyze and display geographic information. GIS can be used in a wide variety of jobs such as environmental management, urban and regional planning, map production and web mapping.

Our GIS Program teaches you the technical skills needed to work with a GIS database and the GIS theory that informs those skills. Whether you are looking to enhance your existing skill set or pivot to a new career, our program will give you the tools to succeed.

Why enroll in our GIS Program?

State-of-the-art GIS Teaching Facility
Our GIS lab is equipped with the latest versions of ESRI ArcGIS, eCognition, ENVI and ERDAS Imagine.

In-Depth Preparation
Our courses balance theoretical concepts and practical applications of GIS

Experienced Teachers
Our instructors are professionals and academics who have an average of 15+ years of experience in the field

Professional Network
Our program connects you to fellow students from diverse career backgrounds and working instructors

Certificates & Cost

We offer two GIS paths in our certificate program: 1) a Geographic Information Systems Standard Certificate and 2) a GIS Certificate with a Concentration in Environmental Analysis designed for those looking to learn GIS tailored to an environmental career path. Although not required, many students acquire a job or internship at some time during or shortly after the program.

GIS Standard Certificate (17.6 CEUs)
Up to $4,345 (based on elective choice) for 11-course program

GIS with a Concentration in Environmental Analysis Certificate (19.2 CEUs)
Up to $4,740 (based on elective choice) for 12-course program

Industry Statistics


Projected GIS job growth for California from 2014 - 20241


Median annual salary for GIS analyst in San Francisco2


12017 CA Gov. EDD Labor Market Information Division
2Based on 2017 Q4 Glassdoor salary survey.