The GISc Certificate


The Geographic Information Science certificate at The University of Mary Washington addresses the growing demand for GIS-trained personnel in today’s working world. Built on a vision combining core theory with real-world applications to provide a state-of-the-art, GIS educational experience the certificate introduces students to a wide array of critical core functions in ArcGIS.

The certificate requires 18 credit hours of GIS course work introducing students to advanced spatial analysis, python programming in ArcGIS, geodatabase design, spatial statistics and modeling, image analysis and more. Students must maintain an overall 2.5 grade point average in certificate program courses.  For a complete description visit the course offerings link to the left.  Most classes are offering in the evening as well as during the day to accommodate working professionals and full-time students with scheduling conflicts.  The certificate can be obtained solely through evening classes.

Completion of the certificate can lead to the GIS Professional (GISP) certification, which requires GIS field experience in addition to the course work. The credential, offered by the independent, non-profit GIS Certification Institute, recognizes individuals for having met specified standards for professional practice and ethical conduct.

For more information, visit For more information about the certificate program, contact:
Brian Rizzo, Associate Professor and Director, GIS programs 540/654-1386 ( or
Jackie Gallagher, Chair/Professor of Geography 540/654-1493