School of Social Sciences and International Studies

Geographic Information Science Certificate

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Why Choose Geographic Information Science?

The Geographic Information Science (GIS) certificate is offered to all Wright State undergraduate and graduate students in any major. Individuals interested in gaining or enhancing their geospatial skills who are not pursuing a degree may also apply to the GIS certificate program as non-degree seeking students. Undergraduates must meet with a geography advisor to add the certificate to their official record; graduate students select the GIS certificate on the graduate school application.

The GIS certificate program provides focused education on the latest developments in geographic data collection and analytic techniques. Certificate students will use and apply state of the art technology to collect and analyze spatial data relevant to careers in the public and business sectors seeking careers in intelligence, planning, marketing, land development, economic development, transportation, and many other fields.

The GIS certificate helps students develop knowledge and skills in one of the most marketable areas today. Certificate students will use and apply state-of-the-art technology to collect and analyze spatial data relevant to careers in the public and business sectors. 

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Real-World Experience

The School of Social Sciences and International Studies offers fantastic internship opportunities to students in all majors and minors. Recent internships for our students include the Ohio Statehouse, the Dayton Foundation, the YWCA, Community Geographic Information Systems and Citizen Science Research Experiences in Belize, the City of Kettering, the City of Yellow Springs, and the Federal District Court.

Service is part of our school’s culture. Through service learning, students engage with the community and learn as participants at events, programs, and activities. The university has earned recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for advancing student learning through community engagement.

Academics and Curriculum

View Geographic Information Science undergraduate and graduate certificate program information and requirements in the Academic Catalog.

A minimum grade of C for undergraduate courses and a minimum grade of B on graduate-level courses are required for the certificate. 



  1. Admission to Wright State in degree or non-degree seeking status.
  2. Possess a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in undergraduate coursework or 3.0 in graduate coursework.
  3. Review GIS certificate requirements with the geography program advisor, Daniel Warshawsky, associate professor of geography. He can be reached via email at or by phone at 937-775-2845. 
  4. Register for the GIS certificate.


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