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Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis Certificate

The Certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis is aimed at graduate students desiring knowledge of how to apply advanced techniques of GIS and spatial analysis to issues of design, planning, urban policy, the environment, and other related fields. The program is administrated by a director and a two-member advisory committee appointed by the dean.

Students apply to the program through the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design Office of Admission. Students enrolled in graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania are eligible for admission.

Program Director: Allison Lassiter

1. Introductory Courses (choose one): *

• CPLN 503 Modeling Geographic Objects (Fall)

• CPLN 632 Modeling Geographic Space (Fall****)

2. Applications and Advanced Courses (choose three) **

• CPLN 632 Modeling Geographic Space (Fall**)

• CPLN 675 Land Use Modeling (Spring)

*  CPLN 671 Spatial Statistics and Data Analysis (Fall)

* CPLN 592 Public Policy Analytics (Fall)

3. GIS Capstone Project (1 course unit) CPLN 780 or CPLN 680**** (Spring)


* Students who have previously taken an introductory GIS course in another department (e.g., URBS530, SWRK730, HSPV741) may use it to meet this requirement subject to the permission of the certificate director.

** Other courses offered under the MUSA program may be added at a later date.

*** Students who have completed CPLN 503 may take CPLN 632 as an advanced course

**** Course offerings may change/ be offered a different semester