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Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Length of Program

How long does the program take? 
Portland State University is on a quarter system. GIS classes are mainly offered fall, winter, and spring terms, and are 4 credits each. If you take 1-2 classes per term, the 20 credits could be completed in 3-5 terms.

Students admitted Fall 2011 or later have up to 3 years to complete the Certificate program. Only courses taken within 3 years of the program completion date can be used to fulfill the program requirements. 
Students admitted prior to Fall 2011 can use courses from up to 7 years prior to the certificate award; however, the program must be completed by Summer 2014.

Students who do not enroll for 4 or more consecutive terms will be “deactivated” by the Office of Graduate Studies, and should submit a Re-enrollment Form to be able to register.

Percentage of graduates who completed on time: 94%

Cost of Program

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$250 will vary

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Jobs related to this program Standard Occupational Classification System Code

Managers, All Other


Cartographers and Photogrammetrists


Geography Teachers, Postsecondary


Job placement rate: Program does not collect this data.


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