For Prospective Students

Academic Overview:

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. 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 regular class meetings.

Who can apply?

Students with a bachelor's level degree from any regional accredited institution of higher education can apply. 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?

Tuition is $1,000 per credit hour.


The academic and technology fee is $50 per credit hour.

Equipment Required:

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 admission.


Students already attending a university in the US on a student visa may attend this program during their summer break without obtaining a new visa. W&M can sponsor students for a J-1 student visa provided that they are being funded in part by a source other than personal or family/friend funds. For more information contact the W&M Office of International Students, Scholars and Programs at


Housing is not provided, but if needed, the W&M DC Office Housing page can be helpful in your search.

Class Size:

W&M has a reputation for small class sizes and faculty mentoring. Enrollment in the W&M GIS Certificate Program is limited.

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 use 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 vary from six to nine credit; 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 or 757-221-1220 for withdrawal refund information for your summer session(s).