USA | Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence

/USA | Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence

About the programme:

Accredited by the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, our Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence develops career readiness to work in areas such as disaster management, human security, international relief, and many other fields. USGIF accreditation signifies that the USC GEOINT graduate certificate meets the high academic standards to ensure a pipeline for students with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the professional GEOINT workforce. The USC Spatial Sciences Institute also has been designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Programme director:

John P. Wilson, Ph.D., Director and Professor

Programme coordinator:

Ken Watson, Academic Programs Director


Develop the functional expertise in geospatial science, technology and analytics to be a modern leader in human security. This programme empowers professionals to prevent and respond to natural disasters, public health issues, terrorist attacks, environmental risks and a wide range of other security issues. This graduate certificate is an ideal career step for those looking to make their mark as confident, competent managers with high-level geospatial thinking skills.

Programme format:

The convenient online format allows you to earn your graduate certificate while you work.

Core modules:

  • SSCI 581: Concepts for Spatial Thinking;
  • SSCI 588: Remote Sensing for GIS;
  • SSCI 579: Geospatial Intelligence Tradecraft (capstone course)

Elective modules:

  • SSCI 583: Spatial Analysis;
  • SSCI 584: Spatial Modeling;
  • SSCI 589: Cartography and Visualization

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Programme information

Led by a highly regarded faculty, the online GIST graduate programs at USC offer skills and knowledge to keep up with GIS technology and delve into exciting new territories within the GIST field, such as how to leverage geospatial intelligence to support national security, disaster response and humanitarian relief efforts.


Admission requirements:

New students applying to the online GIST Graduate Certificate program must have a B.A. or B.S. degree or its international equivalent, with a minimum 3.0 GPA (A=4.0). All coursework taken at the undergraduate level is used to calculate the GPA.

Qualification: Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence
Tuition fee: Please visit
Workload / Credits: The 16-unit graduate certificates can be completed in two semesters, taking 2 courses each semester.
Language: English
UNIGIS Institution:
UNIGIS USA – University of Southern California

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