Geographic Information Systems

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Develop Spatial Analysis Skills With NOVA's GIS Program

NOVA's GIS program provides students with theoretical and practical skills, preparing them for new careers or enhancing their abilities in spatial analysis in their present workplace.


Career Studies Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This program is designed to help students develop both the theoretical knowledge and a practical facility with GIS. Students who already hold a baccalaureate or master’s degree will acquire the requisite skills and knowledge to switch careers, or to apply spatial analysis in their present workplaces. Students will be positioned to pursue additional coursework toward an associate degree and/or transfer to a four-year institution for further study in the geospatial, environmental, or physical sciences; in civil engineering; in information technology; or in business/marketing at a four-year institution.

One Year
Curriculum Details

Why Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at NOVA?

Inspiring GIS Faculty

You’ll learn from brilliant and accessible NOVA faculty who will inspire you. They bring a wealth of understanding, knowledge and experience to the classroom.

Hands-On GIS Courses

Immerse yourself in practical GIS applications, ensuring a deep understanding of geospatial concepts through real-world projects and experiences.

Affordable Geographic Information System Program

You’ll receive a low-cost GIS education. You may even qualify for NOVA scholarships to help offset the cost of tuition and other expenses related to your studies.


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the certificate in geographic information systems.

Geographic Information Systems Program Career Outcomes

Studying Geographic Information Systems at NOVA can lead to a career as a GIS Technician, Technologist, Surveyor, and more.

Credits and
Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.


Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

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