Graduate School

Geoinformatics Certificate

The Geoinformatics certificate program is also available online.

Build interdisciplinary knowledge in geography, geospatial technology, and information sciences.

Michigan Tech’s certificate in Geoinformatics equips you with the knowledge and skills to pursue opportunities created by the increasing demand for geospatial professionals and big data analytics experts. 

The relevance of geoinformatics is evident in everyday life—for instance, when we use Google maps as a navigation tool. In industry it is used to study aspects of rail infrastructure, urban planning, health tracking (i.e., coronavirus pandemic metrics), and natural resource management, among other applications. 

Who is this certificate for?

This certificate is for qualified professionals who want to enhance their skill set and can be a foundation to continue toward a graduate degree. It is also valuable for degree-seeking students looking to develop a concentration that gives them an edge in their career path.

What you’ll learn

Explore the principles and applications of geospatial statistics, modeling and visualization, predictive analytics, remote sensing, and programming development using industry standard tools, including ArcGIS, Python, and R. Course topics include real-world problem-solving examples.

What you need to know

  • This 9-credit certificate can be completed in a two-semester sequence or spread over three semesters. 
  • Students take one required course (Advanced Geoinformatics, 3 credits)
  • Students choose two 3-credit electives from options including Advanced Computational Geosciences, Geostatistics and Data Analysis, Python Programming for ArcMap GIS, Geographic Information Science and Spatial Analysis, Applications for the Graduate Researcher, Advanced GIS Concepts and Analysis, Advanced GIS Methods and Projects, Geospatial Data Mining, and Crowdsourcing.
  • Students who meet the necessary program requirement can enroll in a full degree program at GMES after completing the certificate.