The program offers 11 credit hours of graduate level GIS instruction that results in a post- baccalaureate certification. Both the certificate and the credit-hours will count towards the education component of GISP certification and students will typically complete the program in one or two summer sessions plus one spring or fall semester. All classes are offered outside of regular work hours. The spring and fall semester classes are research or work-based and do not require coming to class on a regular basis.
Who can apply?
Students with a bachelors level degree from any regional accredited institution of higher education. Students with the international equivalent may also apply. Students will be asked to supply official transcripts from their undergraduate institution. Preference will be given to students that work or have studied in GIS relevant fields.
*Note: Enrollment is limited and applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis.
When and where?
- When: William & Mary Summer Semester Session I and II 2014
- Where: Virginia Tech Research Center -- Arlington, VA
Tuition is $1,000 per credit hour.
The academic and technology fee is $50 per credit hour.
Students are required to have their own laptop that meets ESRI ArcGIS 10 minimum requirements as found at this link. Students can lease a laptop from W&M if required for this purpose.
GRE is not required for the certificate.
To enroll in 2013 you must have already have a student visa. Visas for international students will be available starting in 2014.
Housing is not provided, but we may be able to assist you in your search if housing is needed.
W&M has a reputation for small class sizes and faculty mentoring. This is reflected in the certificate program with class size limitations.
Graduate Degree Differentiation:
All credit offered is at the graduate level. The program itself does not result in a graduate degree but in a certificate and is only open to those with a bachelor’s degree. For these reasons we use the term post- baccalaureate as opposed to graduate. It is anticipated that students will utilize these credits towards a graduate degree at some point in the future. This future degree need not be at W&M.
Most programs allow some graduate transfer credits. Typically the allowable transfer hours varies from six to nine credit but the acceptance of graduate credit previously earned is the decision of the graduate program (and often department) of which you are applying and not the issuer of the earlier credit. W&M will accept these credits into a range of graduate programs if you are accepted. Please verify this with the department to which you are applying.
Withdrawal Schedule - Summer Sessions
Please contact student accounts at email@example.com or 757-221-1220 for withdrawal refund information for your summer session(s).