SUNY Empire State College Partnership Programs

Defense Acquisition University (DAU)

SUNY Empire State College has partnered with Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide you with a pathway to earning an associate, bachelor's or master's degree. Benefits of this government agency partnership include:

  • Orientation fee waiver
  • $100 Presidential Scholarship during the first term of matriculated enrollment To be eligible for these benefits you must enter the partnership code when you submit an application online for a degree or certificate program. The code will be provided to you separately.

Credits earned at Defense Acquisition University will be reviewed for transfer based on the American Council on Education recommendations, not to exceed the maximum transfer for a specific degree program

  • Associate's Degree - 40 semester hours
  • Bachelor's Degree - 93 semester hours 
  • Master's degree and certificate - Credit amounts vary

Academic advising, academic services and credit for prior learning gained from work or life experience are available. Terms begin in September, November, January, March and May.

The SUNY Empire State College Advantage


Empire State College offers convenient ways to earn your degree. You can study online, face-to-face at one of 35 locations, or use a combination of both.


At SUNY Empire State College, you have the opportunity to create an associate or bachelor’s degree program that is the right fit for you. As a student, you will work closely with an assigned faculty mentor to design individual concentrations that meet your specific educational goals. Your undergraduate concentration can be tailored to meet your needs or follow a more traditional structure within 12 broad areas of study:

  • The Arts
  • Business, Management and Economics 
  • Community and Human Services 
  • Cultural Studies 
  • Educational Studies 
  • Historical Studies 
  • Human Development 
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • Labor Studies 
  • Public Affairs 
  • Science, Mathematics and Technology 
  • Social Sciences

The School for Graduate Studies offers 12 master's degrees and 21 online advanced certificates.

College Credit for Prior Learning

In addition to college credit for successful completion of SUNY Empire State College courses and studies, your faculty mentor will help you determine what additional college-level learning you already have that may be applied toward your undergraduate degree. Our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the process of evaluating and awarding credit for college-level learning acquired outside of the traditional classroom.


Undergraduate tuition is $270 per credit for New York state residents. Tuition is subject to change, pending action by the SUNY Board of Trustees. For the most up-to-date information on undergraduate tuition and mandatory student fees, please visit the tuition and fees page.

For current graduate program tuition and fees, please visit the SUNY Empire State College School for Graduate Studies tuition and fees page. In addition, many students are eligible for financial aid in the form of scholarships, loans, grants or employer tuition benefits.For additional information, visit the SUNY Empire State College financial aid page.


SUNY Empire State College is a part of the highly respected State University of New York system. Founded in 1971, the college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.