Graduate Certifiate in Remote Sensing - FAQs

Who should pursue a graduate certificate in Remote Sensing?

The Remote Sensing Certificate is geared towards persons desirous of learning and improving their skills in image analysis, as well as the theories and concepts that drive image acquisition, analysis and interpretation for a wide range of applications. Remotely sensed data are commonly used in Geographic Information Systems (GISC and/or GIS), meteorology, geography, and ecology. Persons engaged in the social sciences, economics, marketing, business, environmental and natural resources management, government operations, health, and public policy, will benefit from remotely sensed data in their decision making processes.

What is the necessary education background for admission to graduate certificate in Remote Sensing?

A student needs to have completed a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. A related major could be beneficial, but it is not necessary. Some background in image analysis and handling in real world settings will be to the student's benefit.

Can my admission be considered before I complete my official application online?

In order to be considered for admission to the graduate certificate in remote sensing you must submit a completed application through the online application system.

How long does the certificate in remote sensing take to complete?

The certification requires 15 graduate hours. A student needs to take five(5) three semester credit hour classes. Normally, it can be achieved in one academic year including a summer semester.

What job opportunities are available for graduates of the certificate in Remote Sensing?

Graduates have jobs in the public, private, and academic sectors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the occupational title as "Geospatial Information Scientists & Technologists" (SOC Code 15-1199.04). In addition, The GIS Certification Institute furnishes a job network ( that can be consulted for listings of current job advertisements. In addition, through membership to the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and other professional remote sensing societies you will gain access to current jobs directly related to remote sensing.

What are the admission requirements for the certificate in Remote Sensing?

Students seeking the Remote Sensing certificate must have completed an undergraduate degree. Results of the GRE exam are not required. A student needs to complete the Texas Common Application ( In the online application, a student needs to apply to the graduate school as "non-degree seeking" students.

What are the additional admission requirements for international students?

International students are normally NOT eligible for the Certificate in Remote Sensing, because US immigration does not grant a student visa for a Non-Degree Seeking student. However, if you are already in the U.S. on some type of work visa, you can apply for the Certificate in Remote Sensing. Alternatively, international students can apply for the Master's Program, which will allow them to obtain a remote sensing graduate certificate during the course.

When are the important application deadlines?

Deadlines are July 1st for a Fall semester admission and November 1st for a Spring semester admission.

How much are the tuitions and fees?

A Remote Sensing Graduate certificate requires 15 credit hours. For further information, consult

Are scholarships, fellowships, assistantships (TA, RA) and other financial aid available?

Generally, financial aids is not available for non-degree students.

Are other degree and certificate programs available?

A student's priority is to successfully complete his/her Remote Sensing graduate certificate program of study in a timely fashion. Some students simultaneously pursue other certificate programs such as Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Intelligence certificates. In essence, the remote sensing certificate is the first half of the master's degree, and all courses taken for the any of the certificates will count toward the master's. Hence, most domestic students apply first for the certificate and later for the master's program.

Can my credits for the certificate program be transferred to the MS/Ph.D. program?

Yes. The 15-semester credit hour Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing can count as the first half of the Master's degree, with all courses taken for the Certificate counting towards the Master's. The Ph.D. requires 75 semester credit hours where all courses taken for the Master's count toward the Ph.D. In addition, a student may transfer a maximum of six hours of graduate coursework taken elsewhere to apply to the Master's and 32 hours toward the Ph.D. degree requirements, providing these are equivalent to courses within the UT Dallas curriculum.

Can students from other programs enter into the remote sensing certificate program?

Any student from across UT Dallas campus who meets the basic Certificate in Remote Sensing admission requirements is welcomed to enroll.

Can Fast-track students enter into the certificate program?

No, students taking this option must still take all of the coursework required for the certificate.

How can a student learn more about the graduate certificate in Remote Sensing?

In addition to the information provided on this website, you can contact us directly for more information. You may contact Ms. Rita Medford, our graduate coordinator (phone number: 972-883-4932; and [email protected], for general questions. If you have further specific questions on the Certificate in Remote Sensing, you may contact Dr. Anthony Cummings ([email protected] or telephone number: 972-883-4882). If you are in our local area or would like to visit our rapidly changing campus Dr. Cummings can meet with you for a face-to-face conversation as well. Please send me an e-mail to arrange an appropriate time.