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Domestic applications due July 26, 2024.
Next term begins Aug. 26, 2024.


Prospective students must first apply to the University of Kentucky Graduate School as a Graduate Certificate Student in Digital Mapping. It is a fairly simple process and should take about 5-10 minutes.

NOTE: Admissions to the MS in Digital Mapping program is temporarily paused, and we will not be admitting students during the 2024-25 academic year.


Domestic applications for the Fall 2024 semester (beginning August 26, 2024), are due July 26th. Applications for a Spring 2024 start are now closed. 


Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Digital Mapping are required to hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. Institution, or an international credential deemed equivalent to a four-year bachelor's degree.  Please contact us directly for the MS application requirements. NOTE: Admissions to the MS in Digital Mapping program is currently paused.

Application Materials

Applicants will be required to provide:

  1. A transcript from their bachelor degree-granting institution.
  2. A non-refundable $65 application fee ($75 for international applicants)
  3. TOEFL or IELTS score (international applicants only). Minimum scores are listed on the graduate school's admission page.

GRE scores are not required for admissions to the graduate certificate.

Once the application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Director of New Maps Plus, who will notify the graduate school of their admissions decision. The student will then be notified of the decision and provided with further instructions for enrollment in courses. If you have questions about admissions criteria and the review process please contact us.


The 2023-24 Academic Year cost per credit hour for our part-time online Digital Mapping students is $775 in tuition and mandatory fees, plus $10 per credit in distance learning fees. Thus the MAP 671 course (3 credits) costs $2,355 and the MAP 672/673/674 courses (4 credits) cost $3140 each.  Tuition for the subsequent academic years (starting each Fall) are determined over the summer.

Financial Aid

In order to qualify for federally subsidized student loans one must be an official degree seeking student. This means that students enrolled in the graduate certificate in Digital Mapping are not eligible for federal loans.

However, many employers offer tuition payment and reimbursement programs and we encourage you to check with your place of employment. We have prepared a document to help present your case for educational financial sponsorship to your employer if needed (Word doc | PDF). You can also visit the University of Kentucky‚Äôs Financial Aid Office webpage for information on Alternative Loans.

The State Approving Agency for Veterans Education has approved the graduate certificate and M.Sc. in Digital Mapping for veteran benefits payment. Please contact Amy Southwood ( at the UK Veteran's Resource center with any questions.

State Authorization (NC-SARA)

The University of Kentucky is authorized to provide both the Graduate Certificate and Master of Science in Digital Mapping programs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Students will be billed by Student Account Services and any financial questions should be directed to that office. Note: UK will send your billing notifications to your official University of Kentucky email address (your link blue account) so be sure to regularly check it and/or forward it to your normal account. Check out the FAQ for more information.

You can also email Student Accounts Services at