Geographic Information Systems

Go to school part-time in our online hybrid program and earn your GIS certification in a year!

Our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program is focused on teaching students to visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data. Students gain hands-on experience using industry software, including ESRI and open source software, to visualize geographic data and analyze spatial patterns. 

Students learn how to use the Python programming language for GIS and get an introduction into statistics, as well as troubleshooting and problem-solving skills essential to the workplace. Students learn how to:

  • Create web maps
  • Create GIS online applications
  • Gather data
  • Design maps
  • Write scripts
  • Apply GIS for business

Our program is great for beginners in GIS as well as those looking to up their game in their respective fields. 

Students who complete the program are prepared to work in high-tech fields, including photogrammetry, cartography, geographical information systems, global positioning systems, and satellite remote sensing. 

Go to school for GIS training for $4,797 at Emily Griffith’s Geographic Information Systems program. Costs are approximate and may include additional fees for books and other materials.          The approximate entry-level salary for a GIS Mapping Technician is $39,026 per year.          Emily Griffith’s Geographic Information Systems program provides students with GIS training in as little as 12 months. Students go to school part-time in the online hybrid program.


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2019–2020 Program Dates

Please note that end dates are approximate.

Part-Time/Online Hybrid

Start Date End Date Days Time Status


6/17/2020 (plus internship) M/W 5:00pm–9:00pm Closed


11/1/2020 (plus internship) M/W 5:00pm–9:00pm Closed


2020–2021 Program Dates

Please note that end dates are approximate.

Part-Time/Online Hybrid

Start Date End Date Days Time Status


6/21/2021 (plus internship) M/W 5:00pm–9:00pm Open


12/15/2021 (plus internship) M/W 5:00pm–9:00pm Open


Program Cost

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Earning Potential

Occupation Projected Job Growth 2014-2024 Entry Level   Mean Experienced
Mapping Technician 14% 18.76/hr ($39,026/yr)


25.74/hr ($53,545/yr)

29.23/hr ($60,805/yr)

Wage information is based on 2017 data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Office of Labor Market Information

*Salary is not guaranteed and should be used as a guideline only. 


To what types of jobs do these skills apply?

  • GIS Analyst/Engineer
  • GIS Specialist
  • GIS Field Collector GIS Mapping Supervisor
  • GeoDatabase Administrator GIS Technician I
  • Assistant GIS Specialist
  • GIS Technician II GeoSpatial Office Technician
  • GIS Trainer
  • GIS Programmer Python Developer I
  • GIS Software Tester
  • GIS Cloud Engineer GIS Project Manager
  • GeoSpatial Services Supervisor


What types of companies might hire me?

  • Government: Federal, State and Local, Defense, Department of the Interior, Land Administration
  • Business: Retail, Banking, Real Estate, Manufacturing
  • Natural Resources: Conservation, Environmental Management, Water Resources, Forestry
  • Public Safety: Law Enforcement, Surveying, Public Works, Utilities, Fire and Emergency Services


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Emily Griffith Graduation Ceremony
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