Deadlines and Important Dates

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. You should receive an admissions decision within a few weeks of submitting all required application materials.

Admissions Help

If you have questions about the admissions process, contact our admissions counselors.

Admission Requirements 

For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

Intermediate-level experience with professional applications of geographic information systems is expected as prerequisite knowledge. Coursework to establish that prerequisite knowledge is available through the related Postbaccalaureate Certificate in GIS program.

What You Need

Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:

English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.

Start Your Application

Begin the graduate school application

• Choose Enrollment Type: "Certificate Admission"
• Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
• Choose "Geospatial Programming and Web Map Development" as the certificate

Checking Your Status

You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.

Technical Requirements 

Review the technical requirements for this degree program.