Geospatial Intelligence Certification


The term geospatial intelligence refers to "the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced human activities on the Earth.  GEOINT information consists of maps, imagery intelligence, and geospatially-referenced information."  The primary use of GEOINT is in military and security operations, but it has application to business locational analysis, environmental monitoring and relevant policy formulation.

The GEOINT certification is awarded by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), a natioanl accrediting body.  The coursework required for this certification  can prepare you to use critical thinking, knowledge of human and physical geography, problem-solving abilities, and geographic information technologies to confront challenges such as disaster response, emergency management, pollution assessment and military operations.

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This certification program provides students with a broad set of skills in the areas of geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, geospatial statistical analysis, intelligence gathering and global positioning systems.  Accredited by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) in 2012, the University of Utah's GEOINT Certification Program assures the geospatial capabilities of students entering the field and provides valuable continuing educational opportunities for professional development. USGIF's accreditation program was established in 2005 to encourage higher education institutions to develop academic certifications that prepare students to advance the geospatial intelligence field.  Certification graduates meet the requirements for professionals set forth by the USGIF.


In compliance with USGIF accreditation criteria, our graduates will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of earth image processing/remote sensing, geographic information science, computer science, and analytic processes to geospatial intelligence
  • Find and interpret data, and conduct complex analysis tasks
  • Function effectively in a collaborative environment
  • Select, use, synthesize, and demonstrate the techniques, skills, and tools necessary to solve geospatial intelligence problems

Who Should Apply

  • Undergraduate and graduate students interested in a career with NGA, US military, intelligence agencies and private industry firms engaged in security, environmental monitoring and business intelligence or preparing for a higher level of GEOINT study.
  • If you are a GEOINT professional working in such fields as national security, disaster response, environmental resource preservation, or business intelligence, this certificate program was designed to fulfill continuing professional development requirements and provide a recognized credential of that development.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The GEOINT Certification can help start or advance your career in the geospatial field specializing as a:

  • geospatial intelligence analyst
  • imagery analyst
  • intelligence image analyst
  • emergency responder

Find Out More or Apply Now

For more information on the Geospatial Intelligence Certification Program (GICP), contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For all other questions, scheduling, and advising: book an advising appointment with the Geography undergraduate advisor by clicking the "Book Now" bubble on the Home page.

GICP Undergraduate Coursework Checklist

GICP Graduate Coursework Checklist

USGIF website:

NGA Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Basic Doctrine pdf

Create a Profile with USGIF (this is HIGHLY recommended for those who finish the certification program)


Students that declare a certification with the Geography Advisor should be aware that the certification will NOT show up on their CIS page with their other degree declarations.  Futhermore, as a national certification, it will NOT be printed on University of Utah transcripts. If you have questions about whether you have already declared your certification with the Geography Department or not, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Students are responsible for filling out the Certification Completion Form in the semester before graduation (or, if a non-matriculated student, the semester currently completing certification coursework).  The Completion Form can be picked up and must be mailed or turned in by students to the Geography Main Office:

Certification Completions

University of Utah

Department of Geography

260 S Central Campus Dr Rm 4625

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


The Certification is mailed to the address shown on the student's Certification Completion Form.  It is the student's responsibility to make sure the mailing address on their Certification Completion Form is correct and legible.  The certification is mailed to the student from USGIF.