Center for Distance Learning

woman working on a laptopBusy, working adults with family and civic commitments are turning increasingly to the Web for quality education that fits into their lives. SUNY Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning enables students to take a few courses, or even earn an entire degree online. Members of the U.S. military or emergency service workers who want to earn a degree or upgrade their skills also might find that the flexibility of online learning provides the opportunity to pursue course work relevant to their aspirations and compatible with their schedule. Whether on the road or in the comfort of home, CDL offers dedicated, disciplined students a pathway to achieve their academic goals.

Guiding Your Academic Journey

As a Center for Distance Learning student, you will have the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor to develop an individualized degree program that builds upon your interests, life experiences, needs and goals. Through this flexible program, you can work at times and locations most convenient for you. You will be able to communicate with faculty and course instructors via our user-friendly online learning portal -- Moodlerooms -- as well as via email, telephone and online discussions.

Stimulating, Challenging Courses

The Center for Distance Learning offers more than 500 online courses each year. With online learning you progress at your own rate, taking only the number of courses each term that suit your schedule. Online courses are rigorous, requiring the discipline of systematic study, concentrated reading and carefully written assignments. You will need to set aside substantial blocks of time for study. For example, for a 4-credit course, plan on a minimum of 10 hours of study time per week; this includes your text reading, written assignment(s) and discussion posts. Center for Distance Learning courses are completely self-contained, including research papers, online tests, projects and other assessments to evaluate your progress.

What is online learning like?

To find out what CDL's online courses are like, view our online demonstration.

Interim Dean

Ronnie Mather, Ph.D.


More than 40 full-time tenure-track faculty coordinate academic departments, oversee online courses and supervise faculty with significant part-time and adjunct appointments. These faculty are supported by a dedicated team of more than 80 administrative professionals and support staff. Every matriculated Center for Distance Learning student is assigned a faculty mentor/advisor. In addition to these faculty, we also recruit working professionals and faculty to teach courses. A listing of faculty and staff at the Center for Distance Learning is available

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Getting in Touch with Us

Prospective students or general inquiries: Please complete our online Request for Information form.

Current students: Please use our online form to submit a question to CDL. An email question will be addressed within one or two working days.

Administrative Office

113 West Avenue 
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-6048

Phone and Fax:
Phone: 518-587-2100 ext. 2300
Phone: 800-847-3000 ext. 2300
Fax: 518-587-2660


Administrative offices are staffed 
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. EST