The Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Certificate prepares students for a career analyzing and interpreting data to create visualizations of society's biggest problems. The certificate curriculum teaches you the technical skills to build GIS models while understanding the context surrounding the field. This certificate is currently only available to current undergraduate students at Saint Joseph's University.
What is Geographical Information Systems (GIS)?
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is an emerging technology used across fields such as sociology, public policy and environmental studies to visualize and interpret data with geographical features in order to map, analyze and assess real-world problems. Saint Joseph's Geographical Information Systems Certificate provides students the opportunity to learn GIS in the context of social justice and public policy while learning technical skills in industry-standard GIS software.
With a certificate in GIS, you will gain the technical skills and spatial literacy necessary to interpret data in your field of study and in your development as a global citizen and community-engaged learner.
What Can I Do With a Certificate in Geographical Information Systems?
With a Geographical Information Systems Certificate, you will be prepared to interpret data and visualize information in order to provide strategies and solutions on various issues across industries and sectors, from the state government to healthcare organizations. Students who earn this certificate have gone on to pursue various GIS jobs such as:
- GIS analyst
- Geospatial analyst
- Geographical Information Systems software engineer
- Senior intelligence analyst
- Geographical Information Systems web developer
- Project manager
How Will Saint Joseph’s University Prepare Me for My Future Career?
Critical-thinking, ethical decision-making and social justice are not only core values at Saint Joseph's University but also fundamental to the GIS professional community. At Saint Joseph's, you will learn more than just how to make maps and interpret data; you will hone these skills as you gain a deeper understanding of location-based information and how it can be processed by GIS. With a Geographical Information Systems Certificate, you will think locally and globally as you continue to meet the demands of urgent social challenges and address the most crucial questions of our time.
A certification in GIS will give you the opportunity to gain a future-proof skill and provide you with a competitive advantage as you seek meaningful, sustainable employment.
If you are interested in this program, please reach out to your academic advisor to learn more.