Online Advanced Photogrammetry and Mapping with UAS Certificate

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Versatile Certificate | 9 Credits | Complete in 2 Semesters

Earn Your Graduate Certificate at One of the Top Colleges for Geospatial Science and Mapping in the Nation.

1887: That was the year the word “photogrammetry” was first used by Prussian architect Albrecht Meydenbauer, who produced some of the earliest topographic maps and elevation images. From these roots, photogrammetry has grown into the process, science, and technology of interpreting photographs and two-dimensional images.

In today’s world, the photogrammetry process (or mapping) is more important than ever. Architects and engineers — as well as federal, state, and local government agencies — depend on advanced photogrammetry to work safely and efficiently.

Earning a graduate certificate in advanced photogrammetry with mapping unmanned aerial systems (UAS) from Michigan Tech will prepare you for both UAS certification and mapping certification exams — laying the groundwork for an impactful and rewarding career in an exciting field.

If you’re like most students considering this program, you’re probably wondering, “What is a photogrammetrist?” Simply put, a photogrammetrist is a specialized mapmaker with the advanced technological skills needed to create models of Earth’s surface. Much like cartographers, they create maps for online and mobile use. They conduct large- and small-scale surveys to create highly sophisticated maps used in regional and urban planning.

When you join MTU’s advanced photogrammetry program, you’ll enjoy engaging geospatial and mapping classes taught by distinguished faculty members in an accessible and flexible online environment. Master the photogrammetry process and the technology used by professionals in the field every day to prepare for a diverse range of career fields, which include surveying, geography, mapping, and planning. Alternatively, you might use this certificate to lay the foundation for a master’s program. 

Why Earn Your Advanced Photogrammetry Graduate Certificate at MTU?

Well, when you attend Michigan Tech University, you’ll receive guidance from experts in their fields in preparation for earning your mapping certification and UAS certification. This expertise will help you stand out from other job candidates. Employers around Michigan and the nation recognize MTU graduates for their work ethic and dedication to the photogrammetry process as it relates to different industries.

There are many reasons why MTU is ranked as the #3 best accredited online college in Michigan. These reasons include:

Practical Industry Experience

To help you grasp the nuances of the photogrammetry process, your photogrammetry and mapping classes will teach you how to apply theories to the real world, including how to write your own computer code to implement photogrammetric processes.

Professional Preparation

Join a photogrammetry program that boasts 100% job placement rate for graduates — thanks to specialized training in preparation for exams required for mapping certification and UAS certification.

Experienced Faculty

With small classes, you’ll benefit from individualized attention from faculty mentors who put their students first. Work closely with specialists in photogrammetry and agriculture, aerial photography, and automated camera collaboration.

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Online Advanced Photogrammetry and Mapping Classes

In-demand photogrammetrists require the specialized training and knowledge from a highly ranked program. AT MTU, we’ve designed a graduate certificate program to make sure that you’re well-prepared to pass exams for UAS certification and mapping certification so that you can find your ideal job sooner.

Every student in the advanced photogrammetry certificate program will take 1) Photogrammetry and UAV Mapping and 2) Advanced Photogrammetry — Satellite Photogrammetry to build a solid foundation in the photogrammetry process. Each student then chooses one class from the following list to tailor their experience to their career goals:

  • Close-Range Photogrammetry
  • Geospatial Concepts, Technologies, and Data
  • 3D Surveying and Modeling with Laser Scanner Data
  • Hydrographic Mapping and Surveying

What Can You Do With a Graduate Certificate in the Photogrammetry Process?

When you graduate from MTU, you’ll have the advanced knowledge to sit for several professional exams to earn both mapping certification and UAS certification. These certificates, when combined with your understanding of the photogrammetry process, will help you advance your career — whether you work in government, for an architectural firm or at a geosearch organization.

Those with photogrammetry expertise often work as surveyors, mappers, technicians, and designers.

Possible Career Paths

  • Architecture
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • Manufacturing
  • Police Investigation
  • Topographic Mapping
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