Stand-Alone Certificate Application Process

To apply to complete a stand alone certificate without applying to a graduate program, follow these steps:

  • First contact graduate program advisor, Madysen Rydeen, at to let her know you are applying.
  • Fill out an on-line application for graduate study at Texas A&M through ApplyTexas:
    • Make sure to select the certificate option you would like to apply for. You should see Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing as options.
  • Pay the application fee (electronically via ApplyTexas)
  • Submit official GRE scores that are less than five years old. This requirement may be waived. Contact Madysen Rydeen to inquire.
    • The institutional code for Texas A&M University for reporting GRE and TOEFL scores is 6003; no department code is needed. (We do not accept GMAT for our program.)
  • Once you have applied on ApplyTexas, you will receive access to AIS ( You can log in there and submit the following:
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation (preferably from professors).
    • Statement of purpose. You can include information on how this certificate will positively influence your future career aspirations.
    • Resume/CV.
  • You will also need to complete the departmental data sheet and confirmation page for your application to be complete.
  • Also send official transcripts of coursework from all colleges/universities you have attended. (International applicants: Submit official translations as well.)
  • International applicants: Submit proof of English proficiency, if required.
  • International applicants: Submit official diplomas, with official translations, if those are not part of your transcript.

Make sure to email Madysen Rydeen, ESSM graduate program advisor, with any questions.

Contact Us

  • Main office: HFSB 305, 2138 TAMU, (979) 845-5033
  • Undergraduate academic advisor office: KLCT 122D,
  • Graduate academic advisor office: HFSB 302A,
  • Information technology office: WFES 308, Mailing address

Department Resources

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