Program Highlights

Customized Degree Programs

You have the flexibility to customize your degree program based on your individual interests and educational goals. Our dedicated faculty and staff will guide you through the degree planning process, course selection, and provide academic support each step of the way.

No Residency Requirement

Onsite classroom attendance is not required for any part of the program. To earn an associate degree, you must complete a total of 64 credits, with a least 24 credits (minimum of six online courses) earned at Empire State College. A bachelor's degree requires completion of 128 credits with at least 32 credits (minimum of eight online courses) earned at Empire State College.

Online Writing, Math, and Library Resources

Online writing, math and library resources are easily accessible and available to students at any time. We also have a trained support staff ready to assist with any technical questions, library searches and in finding reference material.

Transfer Policy

Credits earned at foreign universities can be counted toward the completion of your degree (transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Services ). It is possible for students to transfer up to 40 credits for an associate degree and/or up to 96 credits for a bachelor's degree.

Credit for Life Learning

Once you have been admitted to the college, you may qualify to earn credit for college-level learning gained through work and life experience. For example, students who have the equivalent of an American high school diploma are eligible to receive up to 16 credits for a foreign language, if the language of instruction was not English. Contact your faculty mentor for more information.

Five Start Dates Per Year

There are five 15-week academic terms a year (Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2, Summer 2). Term Dates and Deadlines

All instruction is in English.

A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) paper score of 550 or a TOEFL iBT score of 80 or better, is required for admission. Students must write in English at the college level to be admitted to the program.