GIS - To Apply

GIS Certificate students can be admitted Fall, Winter, or Spring terms.


For Fall term: May 1st

For Winter term: October 15th 

For Spring term: January 15th

In order to be admitted to the certificate program you must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. (If your GPA is between 2.75-3.0, you can be admitted conditionally.) Current PSU graduate students must be in good academic standing.

NOTE: If you are currently enrolled in a PSU graduate program, you do not need to submit the online university application. Instead, fill out a GO-19 Request for Change of Program Form signed by your current program advisor, and submit it with the departmental application forms. See this Departmental GIS Certificate Application page for application instructions. 

Online application process

The Office of Graduate Studies and Admissions have migrated to a single online graduate application: Visit this site to apply:

Supplemental materials you will be expected to have for the online application:

• A statement of purpose explaining your reasons for choosing to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. You will be asked to upload your personal statement in one of the following supported file types: PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT.

• An official transcript from each post‐secondary institution you have attended is required. You can submit unofficial transcript if it is from Portland State University. You will be asked to upload each transcript in one of the following supported file types: PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, or TIF.

• Recommendation form from one academic (or other) professional who can comment on your academic performance or attest to your skills as they pertain to your selected program of study. You will need to enter the name and email address for the individual before selecting the “Submit Recommendation Request” button. Once selected, the recommender will be sent instructions for completing the form. You can see the status of the referral by going to the online application system and selecting the link titled “Review Your Activity”.

If you have questions about the Graduate Certificate in GIS, please contact our GIS Program Coordinator.