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Graduate Certificate

UF’s online Wildlife Forensic Sciences and Conservation graduate program offers an online graduate certificate aimed at working professionals and students in wildlife conservation, ecology, and animal protection. Coursework will cover the contemporary issues in domestic and international wildlife protection and conservation. Students can also expect to dive into the current laws and regulations, plus the handling and interpretation of evidence found in wildlife crime activities.

Current and potential careers for students of the wildlife forensic sciences and conservation program include, but are not limited to:

  • Wildlife conservation officers
  • Game and fish officers
  • Individuals involved in NGO wildlife conservation programs
  • Crime scene analysts
  • Law enforcement officials
  • Forensic investigators
  • Academic students

To learn more about the certificate and the type of online courses that are required, select the online certificate below:

9-Credit Wildlife Forensic Science and Conservation Certificate

Earning a Graduate Certificate Online

UF’s online graduate program can be completed at your own pace in as little as one year. The online format is designed to accommodate your personal and professional schedule. Earning a graduate certificate in wildlife forensic science and conservation enables you to quickly enhance your knowledge online with specific topic modules, supplemented with tools such as images, animations, cases studies, and step-by-step instructions for gearing up and accessing UF library materials and e-journals. Students interact with teaching assistants, course instructors, and each other, using private course e-mail, discussion boards, and live chat sessions.

Non-Degree

Students who are not ready to pursue a graduate certificate can enroll in graduate courses as a non-degree seeking student. This is an excellent way to strengthen skills in a specific topic and ease into the online graduate learning experience. Non-degree seeking students will also have the option to transfer credits to the graduate certificate later, if admitted and if a grade of “B” or higher is earned.

What you should know when enrolling as a non-degree seeking student:

  • Students enrolled in courses within the wildlife forensic sciences and conservation program may take up to 3 credit hours as a non-degree seeking student.
  • Courses are conducted entirely online and can be completed at your own pace.
  • Non-degree seeking students can choose a course in a variety of topics including wildlife crime scene processing, conservation medicine, skeletal trauma in animals, and wildlife tracks and signs.
  • Being a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate certificate program.

Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements to apply to the program as a graduate certificate student are:

  • A bachelor’s degree in science from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada or a DVM degree
  • 2.0 upper-division GPA

Non-Degree Seeking Student Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements to apply to the program as a graduate certificate student are:

  • A bachelor’s degree in science from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada or a DVM degree
  • 2.0 upper-division GPA

For more information about requirements, exceptions, and applying with a non-U.S. degree, visit the admissions page.

Tuition

Wildlife Forensic Science & Conservation Tuition Information

UF’s wildlife forensic science & conservation graduate program offers competitive in-state tuition for all students, regardless of location.

Application Fee: $35

Cost per Credit Hour: $525

Credits Required for Graduate Certificate:9 credits

Total Graduate Certificate Tuition: $4,725

For more information about the costs of attendance and financial aid, visit the tuition page.

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