Who can enroll in the certificate program?

  • Current graduate students at UNH
  • Current graduate students at any accredited college or university
  • Individuals currently holding a four-year baccalaureate degree from UNH or elsewhere

What courses make up the certificate?

The certificate consists of five graduate courses across four categories spanning over 20 options.

The range of courses is a diverse interdepartmental mix including courses from Biological Sciences, Civil Engineering, Mathematics, Natural Resources & the Environment, Ocean Engineering, Sociology, and the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Spaces.

Courses are offered in-person at UNH - Durha, and online during the traditional fall and spring semesters, the summer session and the January term (J-term)

Visit the course list for a complete list of courses and requirements

What course should I take first?

If you are starting conventionally, the first course in the certificate program is GSS 800: Elements of Geospatial Science.

If you have already taken some the required courses or if you have any questions, contact the program coordinator, Micahel Routhier at mike.routhier@unh.edu

How do I enroll in the certificate program?

Students can apply for admission to the Geospatial Graduate Certificate progra, on the UNH Graduate School website.

How do I apply to the GSS Graduate Certificate Program if I am already enrolled as a graduate student at UNH?

If you are already enrolled as a graduate student at UNH, all you need to do to apply to the GSS Graduate Certificate program is to complete and submit the following to the UNH Graduate School via e-mail at grad.school@unh.edu.

  • Application for Admission to a Graduate Certificate Program as a Secondary Program.
    This form can be found on-line here: https://gradschool.unh.edu/pdf/frm_cert_sd.pdf
  • A Personal Statement.
  • A letter of support from your advisor, graduate program coordinator or department chair.

Please see the Apply page for more information about applying to the program.

What do I do when I am ready to graduate?

All students who are nearing the completion of their GSS Certificate, either as a primary or secondary program, need to file an online Intent to Graduate form with the UNH Graduate School. For more information about this process and the deadlines for submission of the forms please visit the following UNH Graduate School website:


Can any classes be transferred into the Geospatial Certificate Program from other institutions?

No classes can be transferred into the UNH Geospatial Certificate Program from other institutions.

What geospatial data resources exist at UNH?

  • New Hampshire GRANIT statewide GIS clearinghouse
    A robust collection of New Hampshire geospatial data about political boundaries, agriculture and farming, biology and ecology, culture, society, and demographics, elevation and derived products, environment and conservation, geological and geophysical, imagery and base maps, inland water resources, location and geodetic networks, transportation networks, and utilities and communications. All of these data are currently accessible for student or classroom use via the NH GRANIT GIS clearinghouse website.
  • NH EPSCoR Data Discovery Center
    The Data Discovery Center (DDC) is a digital library that provides access to a broad suite of data sets generated by the New Hampshire and Maine EPSCoR programs. Current holdings include atmospheric, aquatic, and terrestrial sensor data, imagery, model results, and survey data.
  • UNH Library
    An extensive collection of maps, geospatial resources and librarians with knowledge of geospatial data structures are available through the UNH Library.
  • Coastal and Ocean Mapping Center (CCOM)
    The Environmental Research Group (ERG)
    The Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS)
    Over the last twenty-five years these three research organizations have completed hundreds of research projects with the use of Geospatial data available through a variety of data dissemination interfaces.

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