Online GIS Certificate Program Overview

The online Geomatics Engineering and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate program from the University of Colorado Denver provides broad-based expertise and cutting-edge skills that span the growing geospatial field and helps alleviate the shortage of well-educated geospatial professionals.

The program is intended for engineers and other geospatial, environmental and urban infrastructure professionals seeking skills in using and managing rapidly developing geospatial data technologies.

Our Geomatics and GIS curriculum covers a wide range of geospatial principles. Students learn from industry professionals in areas of surveying, geodesy, mapping science and cartography, GNSS and GPS, photogrammetry, remote sensing, high-definition surveying, and relational GIS databases.

Our graduate certificate program prepares graduates for careers in industry and/or science. Students who complete the program have a comprehensive understanding in these disciplines, empowering them to advance their careers in geospatial engineering and analysis or to continue their research and further advance the science.

Program at a Glance

Degree Program:

Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Graduate Certificate

Offered By:

College of Engineering, Design and Computing


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GIS Certificate Program Details

The graduate certificate in geographic information systems (GIS) and geomatics is designed to supplement knowledge needed in the professional work environment or as a way to see if a graduate degree in GIS is a good fit. Students may earn this certificate without formal admission to a master’s degree program in engineering if they take these classes as a nondegree student. 

Successful completion of four graduate GIS or geomatics courses taught by the CU Denver civil engineering department qualifies students for a graduate certificate in Geomatics and GIS. These courses may be taken without formal admission to the master's degree programs. However, all course prerequisites apply, and students must have a bachelor's degree.

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus.

Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status.

Visit our tuition and financial aid page. Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.


Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student or an international student. 

Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting the CU Denver Enrollment Team today.

Example Courses

The GIS graduate certificate requires the successful completion of four core GIS classes with a grade of B- or better; any prerequisites for those individual classes are also required.
CVEN 5381 — Intro to GIS
CVEN 5382 — GIS Spatial Database Development
CVEN 5384 — GIS Project Management
CVEN 5385 — GIS Relational Databases
CVEN 5387 — Advanced Remote Sensing
CVEN 5390 — Interactive Web Mapping for GIS