The certificate in geo-information science consists of five courses that provide a core understanding of geo-spatial technologies, hands-on use of GIS software and a general introduction to GIS problem solving applications. The courses help you gain an in-depth knowledge of GIS concepts and as well as providing exposure to real-world GIS problem solving. One elective in an area of your choice is requiredVisit the 2016-2017 School of Graduate Studies catalog Graduate Certificate in Geo-Information Science program page for more course details and program requirements.
Real world projects are incorporated into many of the classes. Examples have included determining the best locations to site new playgrounds, evaluating the impact of rail trails on property values and mapping unequal exposure to environmental hazards in Massachusetts. Projects specifically benefitting the cities of Boston and Salem as well as the state of Massachusetts have been conducted.