Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Analytics

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Rusty Rex
GIS Specialist
Houston, TX
Rusty Rex
“The World Campus certificate has given me an extra dimension to my professional toolkit. It is truly a unique program. The new perspectives and knowledge gave me more drive and confidence to always continue thinking and ask questions in the office and in everyday life.”Read more

A Geospatial Intelligence Analytics Certificate

Companies and government organizations look for graduates who have excellent geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) knowledge and critical thinking skills. Penn State's online GEOINT Analytics certificate can prepare you to use critical thinking, knowledge of human and physical geography, problem-solving abilities, and geographic information technologies to confront challenges such as disaster response, emergency management, and military operations.

Our online geospatial intelligence analytics graduate certificate program can help you advance your career as a geospatial intelligence analyst — and you can complete the certificate in one year. It is designed to "stand alone" or serve as a "step-up" program into the Master of Geographic Information Systems or Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security programs.

When you have successfully completed our certificate program in geospatial intelligence, you may apply the credits to either master’s degree, if you are granted admission to enter one of the master’s degree programs.

Penn State World Campus Provides USGIF-Accredited Education

Penn State's online GEOINT Analytics certificate is fully accredited by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). USGIF's accreditation program was established in 2005 to encourage higher education institutions to develop academic certificates that prepare students to advance the geospatial intelligence field. When you earn a certificate in GEOINT Analytics from Penn State, you will also receive a certificate from the USGIF.

Geospatial Career-Oriented Course Work

All courses are online and instructor led. You'll complete weekly assignments, submit projects online, take quizzes, and receive feedback from faculty. The geospatial course work includes, but is not limited to, geographic foundations of geospatial intelligence, GIS, remote sensing, and additional electives.

Take a Look at Our GEOINT Courses

Familiarize yourself with Penn State's online course work before applying to our program. Visit the Open Educational Resources website to preview GEOINT courses.

Professional Development Courses

If you are a GEOINT professional, you may want to take some of our online courses, such as one of the remote sensing or other electives, to fulfill continuing professional development requirements. 

Who Should Apply?

If you are a GEOINT professional working in such fields as national security, disaster response, environmental resource preservation, or business, this certificate program was designed for you.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Penn State's online certificate in GEOINT Analytics can help start or advance your career as a:

  • geospatial intelligence analyst
  • midsenior-level geospatial intelligence analyst
  • imagery analyst
  • intelligence image analyst
  • remote sensing scientist or technician
  • remote sensing program manager

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions. 

Find Out More or Apply Now

For more information on geospatial professional development courses, contact Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We strive to create an online learning environment that brings you as close to the face-to-face experience as possible. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.