Geographical Information Systems & Spatial Analysis, Certificate

The Certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis is aimed at graduate students desiring knowledge of how to apply advanced techniques of GIS and spatial analysis to issues of design, planning, urban policy, the environment, and other related fields.


A total of 5 course units are required to complete the Certificate program.

Required Courses 1
Introductory Courses 2
Select one of the following:1
Modeling Geographical Objects
Modeling Geographic Space
Applications and Advanced Courses
Select three of the following:3
Public Policy Analytics
Modeling Geographic Space
Statistical and Data Mining Methods for Urban Data Analysis
Land Use and Environmental Modeling
GIS Capstone Project
CPLN 6800Capstone Project/Advanced Topics in GIS1
Total Course Units5

Substitutions must be approved in writing by the Director and submitted to the Weitzman School of Design Office of Student Services.


Students who have previously taken an introductory GIS course in another department (e.g. URBS 5300 or HSPV 7410) may use it to meet this requirement subject to the permission of the Certificate director.


Students who have completed CPLN 5030 may take CPLN 6320 as an advanced course.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.