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Advanced Certificate

  • 12-credit-hour program designed for students interested in firearm and tool mark examination
  • Serves as a foundation for on-the-job training and eventual AFTE certification
  • Students obtain substantial hands-on experience in comparison microscopy and other aspects of forensic firearms analysis

Admission Requirements:

-Complete the Online application form

-A Personal Statement
-One (1) Letter of Recommendation
-Undergraduate (and any prior Graduate) Transcripts 

Getting Started


• Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply online for Fall, Spring, or Summer admission.

• Call our office at 315-443-0360 or e-mail us at  Office Hours; Monday & Tuesday 9:00am-3:30 pm Thursday 9:00 am-4:00 pm

• For curriculum and program questions, contact Michael Sponsler, Director of Curricular programs, FNSSI: or 315-443-4880.

• For application and process information, contact FNSSI: or 315-443-0360 (phone) or 315-443-4070 (fax).

• Have questions? Click here to get answers from FNSSI. The Faculty, Graduate Students, Research Scientists, and Staff are here to answer any questions you might have.