Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who may apply to the Program?

A: Starting Fall 2013, admission to the Program is restricted to students currently enrolled in a Graduate Degree program at FIU.

Q: How do I apply to the Program?

A: Students may apply by submitting a paper application form available at https://gradschool.fiu.edu/documents/Certificate_Application.pdf.

Q: When are the application deadlines?

A: Fall admission: June 1, Spring admission: October 1

Q: I am not currently enrolled in a Graduate Degree program. Can I still take GIS courses at FIU?

A: Yes, you may take courses as a Non-Degree Seeking Student by filling out a form available at the Registrar’s office at http://onestop.fiu.edu/non-degree-students/index.html. You cannot apply to the Certificate program until you are admitted into a degree program.

Q: Why is admission now restricted to students currently enrolled in a Graduate Degree program at FIU?

A: We were forced to make these changes by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Q: I have taken some courses in the Program as a student enrolled in a Graduate Degree program. Can I later count those credits towards the Certificate?

A: Yes, but you will have to apply to the Certificate program before you finish your Degree program.

Q: I am currently enrolled in a Graduate Degree program (Masters or Doctoral). Can I also pursue the Graduate Certificate?

A: Yes, but you will have to apply. Students may apply by submitting a paper application form available at http://gradschool.fiu.edu/downloads/Certificate_Application.pdf.

Q: Can I count courses taken towards the Certificate towards a Master’s Degree?

A: All the credits earned in a Graduate Certificate program (with approval of the particular degree program director) may be used in a Master's Degree program provided the student is admitted to the Master's Degree program prior to the completion of no more than 12 Graduate Certificate credits.

Q: Can I count undergraduate level GIS courses towards the Certificate?

A: No, University Graduate School regulations do not allow undergraduate level courses (4999 or below) to count towards a Certificate.

Q: Can I count GIS courses taken at another university towards the Certificate?

A: No, University Graduate School regulations do not allow credits to be transferred into Certificate programs.

Q: Can I count independent study or work experience towards the Certificate?

A: In general, no.

Q: I already have extensive GIS experience. Can I waive some of the requirements?

A: Yes, students who demonstrate prior GIS course work or substantial GIS work experience may substitute 3 elective credits for the Introduction to GIS requirement (GIS 5050 or CGN 5320) with approval of the Program Director. See the program description for more information.

Q: Are GIS courses in the Program offered during the Summer terms?

A: In general, not at this time. However, some courses in the elective list may be offered during the Summer terms. Check the Schedule of Classes for availability.

Q: How long does it take to complete the Certificate?

A: Most students take 1.5 to 2 years to complete all requirements.

Q: How much does the Certificate program cost?

A: The Program requires 15 graduate level credits. Information on tuition and fees may be obtained at http://finance.fiu.edu/controller/UG_Calculator.htm

Q: Is financial aid available for the Certificate program?

A: No, current University policy does not allow for financial aid towards Certificate programs unless taken as part of a degree program.