How to Apply

Prospective certificate 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 will take 5-10 minutes.

We are also now able to accept applications to the Master’s program!


The deadline for application is two weeks before courses start. For the Summer 2018 term (beginning July 9, 2018), applications are due June 24th. This is a hard and fast deadline, so be sure to apply by June 24, 2018. Applications for a Spring 2018 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

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, $30 for current UK students)
  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.

For trouble-shooting the University of Kentucky application process, please contact:


The 2017-18 academic year cost per credit hour for our online certificate students is $665.50, plus a $10 per credit hour distance learning fee. Thus the MAP 671 course (3 credits) costs $2026.50 and the MAP 672/673/675 courses (4 credits) cost $2702 each.

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. You can also visit the University of Kentucky’s 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.


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
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