For those who are interested in boosting their GISc career without completing a master's degree, Kent State University also offers a postbaccalaureate certificate option. Students can choose from three certificate concentrations to prepare them for analytical and managerial roles utilizing geospatial technologies.
Note: Twelve credits from the Postbaccalaureate Certificates can be transferred to the Master of Geographic Information Science. Petition of transfer credits must be submitted to the Department of Geography after acceptance to the Master of Geographic Information Science program.
The Cyber GISc certificate option helps prepare graduates to work in the geospatial technology industry and other similar fields. In this concentration, students will explore the use and development of cyberinfrastructure, as well as spatial programming analysis and web-enabled mapping technologies. Prospective employers are private and public sector entities that need to manage large systems and big geospatial data. This includes local, state and federal government agencies, businesses that focus on logistics, marketing, engineering and nonprofit agencies.
Students in the Environmental GISc certificate program will focus their work on the use of GIS to understand environmental resources, changes and hazards. Experts in the fields of emergency management, public safety and homeland security depend on geospatial technologies and mapping for planning, response, mitigation and recovery activities. Graduates will be prepared for a wide range of government and private sector consulting positions that assist with these activities. This includes local, state and federal government agencies, businesses that focus on logistics and nonprofit agencies in health services and environmental management.
The General GISc certificate program helps prepare students for a career in geospatial technology, including positions in private and public sector entities, helping to manage large systems and big geospatial data, as well as mapping and analyzing health data and environmental conditions and resources. Potential employers include local, state and federal government agencies, logistics-focused businesses, marketing and engineering and health services and environmental management nonprofits.