GIS Distance Learning – Certificate and Degree Programs

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Don’t have a school near you offering GIS? If you don’t live near a college or university offering GIS coursework, distance learning can be a valuable way to learn GIS skills and software programs online. Find schools offering GIS distance learning coursework via internet-based classes in the field for certificate and degree-based programs.

GIS Distance Learning Programs

GIS Program Directory
Access the GIS Program Directory here on GISLounge.com to find both online and classroom based geospatial education programs.

Esri Virtual Campus
Esri provides free introductory courses and, for a fee, more advanced courses in GIS and using their software.

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UNIGIS International
UNIGIS is a worldwide network of educational institutions which offers distance learning courses in GIS.

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19 thoughts on “GIS Distance Learning – Certificate and Degree Programs”

  1. The British Columbia Insititute of Technology (BCIT.CA) offers GIS bachelors degrees which can be done completely online. Requires a previous under-grad in some related science though (geography, geology, environmental studies etc.)

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    For those who want to quickly learn GIS but not for a degree, you can look up the Institute for Mapping Technology (IMT).

    I work for IMT and we do short online GIS courses on GIS 101, GIS 201. The courses are designed for laymen who need to learn about GIS for their occupation, but aren’t mapping professionals. Also, they offer credit hours for continuing education in several industries. Surveyors, engineers, geologists and others.

    The Institute for Mapping Technology issues certificates of completion.

    To see the online GIS courses:
    http://learninggis.com/our-classes/online-gis-classes-101/online-gis-classes

  3. Alas, I too have been looking for a BS in GIS. The only regionally accredited school that comes close is this: http://www.fhsu.edu/bgs/geography/ Unfortunately their GIS courses are pretty slim. Would be great to learn some scripting, programming, database management, etc. I had my sights set on American Sentinel University until I too found out that they are not regionally accredited and the resulting implications. By the way, American Sentinel University has been increasing their tuition about 10% per year on average for the last 4 years. They were $250 per credit hour in 2007 and now they are up to $350 per credit hour. They even told me tuition would increase further starting January. They are accredited via DETC but like Sam James says above, it is worthless if you want to pursue a Masters in GIS via Penn State Online (for example). Absolutely worthless.

  4. Just wanted to comment that I have an AS degree in Engineering Graphics. I have also been looking for a way to get a degree in GIS. I did find an AS degree in IT/GIS at American Sentinle College. Problem being I would really like to not have another AS degree. I would like to have a BS degree. If anyone finds anything let me know. I am always interested in learning. I have been working with GIS now for over 12 years. I have learned most of it from the school of work.

    Tamsen

  5. Hello Sam James

    I am also looking for a BS in GIS on-line/distance learning. I was wondering if you have found any other BS programs that would be regionally accredited?

  6. Unfortunately, all I can seem to find available via distance learning are “GIS certificates” and MS programs. The only online BS program in GIS I did find was from American Sentinel University, but it is not regionally accredited – and that means it would be worthless if you wanted to use it to continue on for an online MS in GIS at Penn State or one of the other schools mentioned in this article.

    Does anyone know of a distance learning program for a BS in GIS that is regionally accredited?

  7. For those who want to quickly learn GIS but not for a degree, you can look up the Institute for Mapping Technology (IMT).

    I work for IMT and we do short online GIS courses on GIS 101, GIS 201. The courses are designed for laymen who need to learn about GIS for their occupation, but aren’t mapping professionals. Also, they offer credit hours for continuing education in several industries. Surveyors, engineers, geologists and others.

    The Institute for Mapping Technology issues certificates of completion.

    To see the online GIS courses:
    http://learninggis.com/our-classes/about-basic-mapping-gis-101/online-gis-classes

  8. University of California San Diego Extension is offering an online Introduction to GIS course this
    quarter. This course can be taken by itself or as the first of four courses in a
    GIS Certificate Program.

    Course Description:
    In this introductory course, students will learn the fundamentals of
    geographic information systems (GIS), including coordinate systems,
    editing geographic and tabular data, spatial data analysis, database
    creation, and map creation. This is an ideal class for people who would
    like to learn how to incorporate GIS into the workplace or apply GIS to a
    specific area of interest. This course will use the GIS software ArcGIS by
    ESRI.

  9. I am in the GIST Master’s program at USC. It is a distance-learning curriculum, but it is extremely difficult to utilize. The instructions are confusing, and the access to instruction is severely lacking. The coursework is conducted through a server on campus, and it is not user-friendly. The best thing I can say about this program is that the academic advisors are pleasant to work with. This is not a good GIS program for those who may be working while in school.

  10. I am a surveyor for one of the largest mining companies in the world.

    I have a Diploma in Surveying and I would like to consolidate this with a GIS degree, however I cant find any undergraduate programs to suite my needs. Online or by distance learning. do you have any recomendations?

  11. I am a land surveyor in the process of using GPS to collect data. I am looking for a program that will provide education complying the collected data in to useable maps.

    The classes need to be over the internet.

    I received a Certification Geographic Information from Ferris State Universty.

    All suggestions would be helpful.

    Thank you

    bill

  12. There is also a Masters of Engineering degree in Geographic Information Systems that is online through the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Colorado at Denver

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