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Graduate Certificate Programs FAQs

What is the benefit of a graduate certificate?Graduate certificate programs are a great way to develop new skills without the time and financial demands of a master’s degree.  Certificate programs at Rockefeller College are very flexible, offering evening classes and opportunities for part-time study.

Who typically enrolls in a graduate certificate program? 
There are three distinct audiences: 1) recent undergraduates who wish to explore graduate study options; 2) students enrolled in a master’s degree at UAlbany who choose to add another credential; 3) mid-career professionals who are looking to develop a new skill set, refresh current skills, or pursue a new career path.

How many credits are required and what does it cost?
All certificates are 20 credits. For a New York State resident, the total cost of the certificate is $7,820, or $1,564 per class.

Can I apply credits earned in a certificate program toward another advanced degree?
Yes.  Because the classes taken in a certificate program are masters-level courses, they can transfer into other graduate programs.  If you enter the MPA program at Rockefeller College after enrolling in a certificate program, all certificate courses may transfer into the master’s degree.

Will I qualify for financial aid?
Yes! Because graduate certificate students are matriculated students, you would be eligible to apply for federal and state loans.

What are the requirements for admission?
You must have completed a bachelor’s degree to enroll in a graduate certificate program.  There are no prerequisite courses for the certificates.

What materials will I need to apply?
You will need to supply official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate study to date.  In addition, you will be required to submit a professional resume and a short statement of goals.  GRE scores are not required for admission.

What are the deadlines to apply?
The application deadline for fall is July 15.  The deadline to apply for spring is November 15.

Can certificate study be completed in one semester?
Generally, no. The certificate requires 20 credits for completion (5 courses) which can be completed in two semesters of full-time coursework or extended over several semesters of part time study. 

If I’m applying to a Certificate Program, should I fill out a Degree Application or a Nondegree Application?
Please use the Degree Application to apply for a graduate Certificate Program.  Certificate students are considered to be “matriculated” students at the University at Albany.

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