UMaine Makes Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems Available Online
ORONO– Planners, engineers and other professionals who want to specialize
in geographic information system (GIS) technology without leaving home or taking
time for an advanced degree can now obtain a graduate certificate in GIS at
the University of Maine.
The Graduate Board at UMaine approved the program last fall. It includes a
minimum of 16 credits in core courses and electives offered by the Department
of Spatial Information Science and Engineering. Additional electives from other
departments may be included. Some of the courses are being webcast
already, and faculty plan to videotape all lectures in the future for distribution
through UMaines Continuing Education Division.
The program is designed primarily to allow graduate students to gain technical
expertise in the use and development of geographic information systems. It will
also provide flexibility through online education offerings to allow practicing
professionals who can’t take time off to return to school to pursue the specialty.
Completing the certificate program will give graduate students proficiency
in the technical skills required for designing and implementing a geographic
information system. GIS technology combines maps with information databases
that contain details about specific locations. A growing package of spatial
technologies that include GIS are used in a variety of fields including energy,
telecommunications, natural resources, emergency response and government.
Media contacts: Kate Beard, Spatial Information Science and Engineering, 207-581-2147;
Nick Houtman, Dept. of Public Affairs, 207-581-3777