The PSM Certification has been built upon well-established University at Albany graduate programs that include Forensic Biology (FB) and Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy (BCP), and goes beyond the Master's Program to prepare graduates for careers in business, industry, the nonprofit sector, and government agencies by adding coursework in business, management, and policy. The Certificate is an alternative for those who do not wish to pursue an additional degree in Business Administration.
Students in the Certificate Programs will be required to complete at least 9 credits of additional coursework from specified courses instructed by faculty from the School of Business and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. This coursework is a novel component of the graduate-level PSMs. Both PSMs will include an internship that stresses the ability of each student to plan, conduct, interpret and communicate research, and to work both independently and as a member of a team.
The PSM in Forensic Biology will enhance law enforcement by providing managerial coursework tailored for current or future forensic supervisors and administrators.
The PSM in BCP, which already links conservation science to public administration, will add both classroom and experiential training in business and management to bridge the gap between the conservation science and financial management sectors.