Regulations and Requirements Governing Graduate Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs Offered

The University offers various graduate certificate programs.  All of the programs are registered with the New York State Education Department as “Advanced Certificate” programs.  The programs are offered and delivered by the University at Albany as the Certificate of Graduate Study, Advanced Graduate Certificate, or Certificate of Advanced Study.  As required by NYS regulation, all graduate course work applicable to any of these graduate certificate programs must be applicable to one or more graduate degree programs offered by the University.

Credit Requirement

Credit requirements for graduate certificate programs vary greatly and are established in program design at the time of establishment and registration.  Generally, the Certificate of Graduate Study requires in the range of 9 – 24 graduate credits; the Advance Graduate Certificate requires in the range of 15 – 35 graduate credits; and the Certificate of Advanced Study, involving study beyond the master’s level, requires 48 – 60 graduate credits beyond the baccalaureate.

Program Regulations

Individual graduate certificate programs may include various additional requirements beyond those stated here.  The official curriculum as detailed in the University’s Graduate Bulletin should always be examined to determine if additional requirements exist within the graduate certificate program.

Statute of Limitations

All requirements for the certificate must be completed within six calendar years from the date of initial registration in the program.