Dec 13, 2018  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Hongmei Wang, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director


A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer-based system for capturing, storing, querying, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced data. It helps manage descriptions of locations and characteristics of spatial features, such as roads, land parcels, and so forth. GIS is a fast-growing area with a broad range of applications. For example, it has been an important tool in natural resource management since its beginning. More recently, it has been used for crime analysis, emergency management, and transportation applications. New applications have resulted from the integration of GIS with other new technologies, such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and wireless networks.

The NKU graduate certificate program in GIS is an interdisciplinary program offered through the Computer Science, History & Geography, and Public Administration programs. It is designed for individuals who seek careers in the exciting and fast-growing GIS field. It provides students with a solid grounding in GIS, including both theories and relevant applied skills. It also allows students to pursue education specifically oriented to their desired career paths by including a variety of electives. This program may be of particular interest to students intending to pursue master’s degrees in Computer Science, Computer Information Technology, or Public Administration. For further information contact Dr. Hongmei Wang, program director, at (859) 572-7786 or at


Applications to the graduate certificate program in GIS are accepted for all semesters. Admission to this program requires a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.5. See the section on “Admission and Academic Requirements” in this catalog for the full set of NKU graduate admission requirements. Applicants should apply online at

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