Program Summary

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The Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Applications introduces the aspiring professional to theory, methodologies, techniques, and ethics in the professional application of geospatial intelligence. If you have little to no experience in geography, geographic information systems, and/or remote sensing, this program could be ideal for you. It is designed to help you learn how to apply your analytic skills in national security, disaster response, environmental resource preservation, or industrial settings.

Our online applications of geospatial intelligence postbaccalaureate certificate program can help you kick-start 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 postbaccalaureate certificate program in the essentials of geospatial intelligence, you may apply the credits you have earned toward 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 certificates are 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 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 will complete weekly assignments, submit projects online, take quizzes, and receive feedback from faculty. The geospatial course work includes geographic foundations of geospatial intelligence, GIS, and remote sensing.

Professional Development Opportunities

Penn State World Campus also offers more than 19 instructor-led online courses that geospatial professionals can take to fulfill continuing professional development requirements. For a calendar and a list of course offerings, visit our courses page.

Who Should Apply?

If you have little or no experience in geospatial intelligence and are looking to become a GEOINT professional in fields such as national security, disaster response, environmental resource preservation, or business, this certificate program was designed for you. To apply to the program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Penn State's online postbaccalaureate certificate in GEOINT Applications can help you prepare for a career as a(n):

  • geospatial intelligence analyst
  • imagery analyst
  • intelligence image analyst

Accelerated Admission to the Online Master of GIS (MGIS)

This certificate can help you take the next step into higher-level graduate studies. Any geospatial certificate student who earns a 3.67 GPA or higher after completing the first three courses of the certificate may apply to the MGIS program through this new option. Students in the MGIS program may elect a specialized option in geospatial intelligence. Advantages of accelerated admission include:

  • No GRE test is required
  • No professional experience is required
  • No letters of recommendation are required

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, so you can learn about your admission decision even earlier. Up to 15 credits of certificate program courses may also count toward the MGIS degree. Learn more about how you may qualify for the Master of GIS accelerated admission option.

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. 

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of more than 100 years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.