Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS Summer Academy)

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS Summer Academy)

Classroom Program


6 weeks


UCR Extension

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2018 Program Dates: June 25 - July 27

In just six weeks, you can earn a Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Today, GIS includes the web, crowd-sourcing, social media and web services, which opens up powerful streams for sharing information. This project-based curriculum combines lecture and practical lab work (with real-world data) using the ArcGIS software platform and desktop software, including Web GIS, GIS Online, Mobile GIS and Apps, ArcGIS Pro, geospatial and spatial analysis tools, web mapping, and JavaScript. You will actively learn, practice and apply critical GIS skills to understand the various projects assigned throughout the program, culminating with a final project and presentation. The program includes field visits to the Esri User Conference in San Diego, the UCR Map Gallery, and the Esri headquarters in Redlands. Several workshops including ArcGIS Pro and Python Scripting are also included.

What You'll Learn

  • State-of-the-art technologies and software using the ArcGIS platform: ArcGIS Desktop, Mobile apps, Online Cloud GIS, Web App Builder and web app templates, ArcGIS Enterprise.
  • How to manage a GIS data structure and design and create and use data from various sources.
  • Analyzing tools and methodologies.
  • Visualization using cartographic design and web services.
  • Practical implementation of GIS in an organization/business and project development.

What You Can Do

Positions are available in small companies, corporations, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • GIS Technician
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Coordinator or Manager
  • GIS Developer

Who Should Attend

Individuals who:

  • Wish to start a GIS career or apply GIS in their current profession.
  • Wish to sharpen GIS skills and obtain a certificate.


What You Should Know

Program Cost

  • Regular Rate: $5,295
  • Early Bird Rate: $4,995 (if paid on or before June 1).
  • International Student Rate: $6,150 (see IEP website for more information).
  • Pay a $500 deposit to reserve your spot.
  • Deposit is nonrefundable after June 1.
  • Balance is due on or before June 15.

What's Included

Students are provided with all course materials, texts, parking, and a luncheon.

Field Trips (incl. transportation):

  • Esri User Conference in San Diego.
  • UCR Map Gallery.
  • Esri headquarters in Redlands.

Specialized workshops:

  • Python Scripting
  • ArcGIS Pro
  • GIS Career Workshop


  • An ArcGIS 10.5 student license (provided upon arrival).
  • An external hard drive with pre-installed data sets, software and other resources.

Suggested Equipment

A laptop is not required, but if you bring your own, it must have minimum system requirements requirements to run the ArcGIS software.


Accommodation is not included in the program fee. For housing at the International Village, please visit here, but there are hotels near UCR Extension.

Download the GIS Academy Schedule

Also of Interest

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Contact Info

Jennifer Campbell
(951) 827-5804

Program Overview


18 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“The program opened my eyes to the varied world of GIS applications and processes. The skills I acquired have enabled me to apply GIS within my profession in a more in-depth and meaningful way. I am now my firm's lead GIS specialist.”

Andrew Garrison

Senior Researcher and GIS Specialist
Scientific Resource Surveys, Inc.
Aliso Viejo, CA

Earning the Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Summer Academy

Practical Approaches for Implementing Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

ERT X450

3 units

Cartographic Design

ERT X104

3 units

GIS Applications Lab

ERT X453.4

3 units

GIS Database Design

ERT X454.5

3 units

Principles of Web GIS Applications

ERT X453.61

3 units

Essential GIS Skills

ERT X454.65

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“I am a senior developer at Esri, the world leader in GIS. I have authored "Getting to Know Web GIS" and "Web GIS: Principles and Applications." Web GIS is an exciting and promising career field. Join me in the GIS Summer Academy, and seize the opportunity!”

Dr. Pinde Fu

Senior GIS Application Developer and Project Lead
Redlands, CA

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