Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science

Curtin University

This program is designed for professionals and practitioners from a diverse range of areas to acquire and build their knowledge and skills within geographic information science (GIScience). It introduces geographic information systems as well as spatial problem solving and computer programming, and helps to develop skills in the management and use of geospatial data. The optional units extend the knowledge and skills in using and applying geospatial data and GIS.

Course Fee:

Australian: $13,400
International: $18,600

Entry Requirements:

Degree or equivalent qual; assumed background in mathematics and statistics equivalent to 1st-year university level


Core units plus options/electives. This program comprises foundation units which reflect basic core areas in geographic information science. These units are extended by specialist options in GIScience core areas. Optional units may be limited depending on the semester of entry and the availability of units. Optional units provide students with broader and deeper insight into the knowledge, skills and applications of GIScience.

Subjects you can Study:

Geographic information science

Study Pathways:

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning are assessed on an individual basis. Credit for Recognised Learning is not normally granted for optional units. Upon graduation, students are eligible to enrol directly in the Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science and will be eligible for recognition of prior learning to the value of 100 credits in that award.

Further information:

Curtin Course Code: GC-GISC

Who for:

Professionals seeking to develop their knowledge and skills in the field of GIS

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bentley - main campus No info No Online
Bentley - main campus No info No Full time 0.5 year
Bentley - main campus No info No Part time 1 year

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