Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Management

Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Management

Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Management

Classroom Program


6 months


UCR Extension

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GIS system management requires good leadership and proper planning to ensure successful and sustainable GIS operations for supporting an organizationís decision-making process. Investigate the critical tasks of a GIS project to determine the key objectives and develop a needs assessment. Delve into ways to design and prepare a database in order to manage relevant data and perform an analysis to accurately interpret the results. We provide the tools for you to analyze and adapt to your own personal experience and organizational setting. Collaborate with peers to work through project challenges and experience GIS as it pertains to your particular circumstance. Adapt your learning immediately in the workplace, and take your GIS career to the next level with a solid understanding of background and process.

Designed For

GIS managers, analysts, supervisors, and those building and implementing geographic information systems or seeking to move into a GIS implementation-level position.

What You'll Learn

  • Identifying GIS strategy and needs assessments, building processes, application development, and project tracking.
  • Best practices for prioritizing project integration with other needed data, inside or outside of an organization.
  • How to design a geodatabase using domains, subtypes, annotations topology and relationships.
  • Tracking resources for accurate, consistent and up-to-date geodatabases.
  • GIS metrics and analytics for the project to support the goals of the organization.
  • Geoprocessing operations on a dataset, including overlays, analysis, data conversion.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries, and can be found in small firms or companies, corporations, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

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

Real People. Real Results.

“Utilizing GIS has helped my department's management team decide how to best allocate resources. The dynamics of the subject areas made this educational experience an amazing one.”

Maria Martha Moreno

CIS Business Systems Analyst II
Riverside County Department of Mental Health
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Completion of the Professional Certificate in GIS Fundamentals or consent from the Business, Technology and Health program manager.

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Practical Approaches for Implementing Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

ERT X450

3 units

GIS Database Design

ERT X454.5

3 units

Quarter 2

Geoprocessing and Analysis

ERT X450.2

3 units


Instructor Spotlight

“I carried out my first GIS project while I was in high school in Ghana, plotting all government schools using ArcView GIS. I love teaching and sharing my knowledge in GIS with others. My students will go back to their jobs, or start a new one, with a new skill set and renewed minds as it relates to spatial thinking.”

Soloman Nimako

GIS Analyst
City of Rancho Cucamonga
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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