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Advanced Graduate Certificate

Professional Science Management - Forensic Science Investigation and Management

Program of Study


Learn from top-ranked full-time faculty from UAlbany’s Rockefeller College and Massry School of Business with managerial coursework tailored for forensic leaders.

Structure your program of study to align with your professional aspirations. From understanding financial management and staff supervision to presentation skills and public policy, you will acquire the business leadership aptitude needed to succeed as a manager or administrator.


Science Requirement (6 credits)

At least six credits in science and/or technology as appropriate.

Business and Policy/Management Courses (9 credits)

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Presentation Skills
  • Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Principles of Public Economics
  • Foundations of Public Management
  • Evaluation of Public Sector Programs

Internship/Portfolio (6 credits)

Fulfill the internship/portfolio requirement by enrolling in an internship leading to a substantial written report.

Applied Learning

You will have ample opportunities to flex your developing skills in leadership and management through integrated training in communication, business and resource management, ethics and other professional areas. Diversify your education with exposure to business, ethics, policy, and other areas outside the traditional scientific realm.

Additional Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Dr. Ryan Thurman at [email protected].

Career Outcomes

With a professional science management certificate from UAlbany, you may earn a promotion to rewarding positions such as:

  • Forensic Director
  • Crime Lab Manager
  • Medical Examiner
  • Laboratory Supervisor
  • Laboratory Technician
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International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. International students maintaining F-1 status are allowed to apply for up to 12 months of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) following completion/graduation from their degree program. Currently, this degree program is also designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an eligible degree for the F-1 STEM OPT work authorization extension; students who secure qualifying employment may be eligible to apply for the STEM OPT extension for a cumulative total of up to 36 months of F-1 OPT work authorization.

Admissions Requirements


Application deadline dates are dependent on the area of study.  Please contact the department for specific deadlines. 

Special Notes

Application deadline dates are dependent on the area of study.  Please contact the department for specific deadlines. 

Current UAlbany Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy students may apply to the AGC track after completing a minimum of 12 credits toward the M.S. degree and passing the Program’s Core Exam. UAlbany Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy M.S. graduates may apply to the AGC within five years of graduation.

AGC applicants to the Forensic Biology track must have academic backgrounds as Forensic Biology students or graduates from the University at Albany and possibly other Forensic Biology programs from other colleges. Current master’s students seeking entry into the AGC shall have passed the written comprehensive exam with a 3.0 or better, or present comparable credentials from other programs/institutions.

Applicants to the Computer Science track AGC will be taken only from active students in the Computer Science Master’s program. To be eligible, an applicant must i) have removed all undergraduate deficiencies; ii) have completed the core courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better; iii) have passed the Discrete Mathematics Examination.

This program is not eligible for federal financial aid.

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.