GIS Certificates

An advising guide to the Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Analysis (GIA)

The Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems is a formal academic program offered through the undergraduate college of Northern Illinois University, culminating in the awarding of a “certificate.” To receive the Undergraduate Certificate, you must be admitted to the undergraduate college of Northern Illinois University. Undergraduate certificates are NIU-specific programs and all credit hours required for the certificate must be earned at Northern Illinois University. It may be possible to substitute courses within the Certificate program based on prior academic or professional experience; however no credit hours or courses may be waived.

The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Analysis is a formal academic program offered through the Graduate School of Northern Illinois University, culminating in the awarding of a “certificate of graduate study”. To receive the Graduate Certificate, you must be admitted to the Graduate School of Northern Illinois University, either as a Student at-large or in a degree-granting program. All credit hours required for the certificate must be earned at Northern Illinois University.


If you have not received a B.A./B.S. degree:

  1. You may begin the Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems by:
    applying to Undergraduate Admissions. This application requires a high school transcript, transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, and an official record of test scores on the ACT or SAT. You may earn the certificate without taking any other courses required by the University for a Bachelors Degree.
  2. consulting with an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Geography.

If you have already received a B.A./B.S. or advanced degree:

  1. and do not wish to pursue a graduate degree, you may begin the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Analysis by applying to the Graduate School as a Student at-large. This application requires a final transcript from the college or university from which you earned your bachelors degree and any subsequent degrees. There is no application fee.
  2. and are thinking about pursuing a graduate degree, you should apply to the Graduate School for the specific graduate degree in which you are interested. This application requires official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, an official record of test scores on the GRE, and an application fee. You may pursue either the Graduate Certificate in GIA or the Undergraduate Certificate in GIS as a supplement to your graduate studies.
  3. and prefer to earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, you should apply to Undergraduate Admissions as a postgraduate. This application requires a final transcript from the college or university from which you earned your bachelors degree and any subsequent degrees. There is no application fee.
  4. Be sure to consult with an advisor in the Department of Geography before registering for any classes.

  • you do not have to be admitted into or declare any specific undergraduate major in order to earn the Undergraduate Certificate in GIS. You simply need to be admitted to NIU's undergraduate college and be in good academic standing.
  • you can earn the Undergraduate or Graduate Certificate as a part-time student. On-campus, the certificate can be completed in as few as two semesters; off-campus, in as little as a year.

Link to registration http://www.reg.niu.edu/regrec/registration/index.shtml

Apply to

The Graduate School
Undergraduate Admissions