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The 12-credit Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) in Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis is designed for graduate students who want to use geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial data analysis in their academic or professional careers. The GIS and Spatial Analysis certificate offers students theoretical and hands-on technical training in the applications of spatial information technologies and analysis in the social, natural, health, and data sciences. This certificate of advanced study is appropriate for graduate students in fields such as geography, earth sciences, engineering, public policy, economics, data science, public health, biology, sociology, the humanities, and education who want to complement their primary area of study with expertise in GIS mapping and spatial data analysis.
Spatial data analysis, modeling, and visualization aid decision-makers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors every day. Careers in urban, regional, and transportation planning, environmental resource management, health-care delivery, and public administration leverage tools such as GIS, GPS (global positioning systems), unmanned aerial vehicles, remote sensing technologies, and image analysis to make geographically informed decisions.
The 12-credit CAS in GIS and Spatial Analysis offers courses in three recommended tracks for students interested in (1) the natural sciences, (2) the social and health sciences, or (3) data science and data visualization.
After completing the foundational required course (GEO 683: Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)), students should choose three additional courses (9 credits). Interested students should contact the CAS Director to enroll and select appropriate
"The CAS in GIS and Spatial Analysis helped me hone my skills as a spatial data analyst through courses that gave me the opportunity to examine both theoretical and real-world applications of spatial technologies. This includes a wide array of applications from 3D analysis of mudslides in Advanced GIS Analysis and Applications with Dr. Peng Gao to the development of potential mobile farmers’ market routes in GIS for Urban Environments with Dr. Jonnell Robinson."
~ Joseph DiStefano MA (Geo) / CAS
Student, MA Geography/ CAS GIS and Spatial Analysis
Enroll in this Maxwell certificate and tailor your program with elective courses offered across the University's 13 schools and colleges.
Work experience is not required.
If you are already enrolled in a graduate degree program at Syracuse University, you may complete this certificate concurrently with your degree. Speak with your academic advisor about your goals and your course schedule.
For more information, contact the CAS in GIS and Spatial Analysis Advisor, Associate Professor Jonnell Robinson.
All students enrolled in a Syracuse University graduate degree program are eligible to apply.
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This certificate can be completed concurrently with all Maxwell degree programs. All current Syracuse University graduate students are eligible to apply.
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