GIS Certificate Program - Admissions

UW-Capstone Certificate programs are a collaboration between the Graduate School and the Division of Continuing Studies. GIS Certificate students are considered to be graduate-level, but enroll into the program as University special students through the Division of Continuing Studies, Adult Career & Special Student Services office. See the Division of Continuing Studies' Capstone FAQ page for general information about Capstone Certificates at the UW-Madison.
Deadlines for submitting applications to the GIS Certificate Program are April 15th for fall admission and October 15th for spring in order to be guaranteed full consideration. Applications received after these dates maybe considered if space allows. There are no summer admissions.

Admission is competitive. The minimum requirements are a bachelor's degree in any of the physical or social sciences or humanities, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and an introductory course in statistical methods. Student may be admitted with a stats deficiency but will have to take an intro statistics course (Geog 360 or equivalent) prior to taking Geog 560.

GRE scores are not required.

Students may not be enrolled in another undergraduate or graduate program while enrolled in the certificate program.

In addition to the application, we also require your official student transcripts, a one-page statement of interest and 3 letters of recommendation. Letters may be from academics, employers, supervisors, or other appropriate individuals. International students from non-english speaking countries must also submit TOEFL scores.

Application Checklist

To apply to the program, you must complete the following three steps:

  1. Fill out the online application. There is no application fee. Choose Capstone Certificate for your 'Reason for Applying' and pick either the the fall or spring term (there are no summer admissions). You do not need to fill out the academic plan box.

  2. Fill out this supplemental application form. Submit the names and email addresses of three people who will write you letters of recommendation and upload a letter of interest (one-page essay). We will contact referees for their recommendation letters but you should ask them if they will write you a letter prior to submitting their names. Referees will be asked to submit letters of recommendation electronically.

  3. Have your official transcripts sent to:

GIS Certificate Program
Department of Geography
550 N. Park Street
Science Hall
Madison, WI 53706

Program Manager

Brittney MarkleBrittney Markle
GIS Certificate Program Manager
University of Wisconsin-Madison
376 Science Hall
550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608.265.9975
Fax: 608.265.3991