Geospatial Information Sciences (Z035)

Graduate Certificate Program
College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


The Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Sciences has a 12-credit, 4-course curriculum that provides specialized training in GIS and in the application of geospatial technologies, specifically geographic information systems, remote sensing, spatial analysis and modeling.  


This program does not offer funding at this time. Please refer to the  Graduate School Assistantship Information for educational, professional and financial opportunities.


Jack Ma
Director of Programs

2181F LeFrak Hall
7251 Preinkert Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301-405-3861

Kristen Halliday
Assistant Director, MS Programs 
LeFrak Hall
7251 Preinkert Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301-314-1883


Courses: GEOG

General Requirements

Program-Specific Requirements

*Visa Eligibility: This program is not eligible for I-20 or DS-2019 issuance by the University of Maryland.

The Graduate School requires all admitted graduate students to have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in another country. A GPA of 3.0 is normally required for admission into this program. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 may be admitted on a provisional basis.

Applicants with foreign credentials must submit academic records in the original language with literal English translations.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents July 2, 2024 January 25, 2024
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants N/A N/A

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Graham Lain Graduate Teaching B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2008; M.A., Georgia State University, 2014; PhD, University of Central Florida, 2020 n/a, Geospatial Information Sciences
Ma Jianguo Full Member B.Eng., University of Science and Technology in Beijing, 1994; M.A., Peking University, 1997; Ph.D., Cornell University 2005 n/a, Geospatial Information Sciences
Director, Geospatial Information Science (with Nanjing Normal University)
Director, Geospatial Information Sciences
Resop Jonathan Full Member B.S., University of Maryland, 2004; B.S., University of Maryland, 2004; M.S., University of Maryland, 2006; Ph.D. Virginia Tech, 2010 Lecturer, Geospatial Information Science (with Nanjing Normal University)
Lecturer, Geospatial Information Sciences
University Affiliate, Geospatial Information Sciences
Senior Lecturer, Geospatial Information Sciences
Tao Xin Full Member B.S., Peking University, 2006; B.S., Peking University, 2006; M.E., Peking University, 2009; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2015 n/a, Geospatial Information Sciences