Partnership Programs

SUNY Empire Pathways Transfer Program

Jefferson Community College

SUNY Empire State College has partnered with Jefferson Community College to provide its students a pathway towards completing an associate, bachelor's or master's degree.

Students can continue to take community college credits while enrolled for the first year at SUNY Empire, and transfer up to 79 lower-level credits towards a bachelor’s degree. If your associate degree includes 64 credits, you have the option of taking some or all of the remaining 15 credits at your community college. These additional credits can be used to satisfy SUNY general education requirements or core courses in your concentration.

Additionally, you will be eligible for financial aid for upper level courses once accepted to Empire State College.


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Pathways Transfer Credit Eligibility

The Pathways Transfer Program will help you earn the 124 credits you need for a SUNY bachelor’s degree by transferring your entire associate degree with the option of taking up to 15 additional credits at your community college. The following chart illustrates a sample credit distribution for a full-time student.

Associate degree 64   64
Pathways year 1 0-15 17-32 32
Pathways year 2   28 28
Total 79 45 124

The SUNY Empire State College Advantage


Empire State College offers convenient ways to earn your degree. You can study online or onsite, at residencies, in study groups or through a blend of these methods. We have a statewide campus with 35 locations.


At SUNY Empire State College, you have the opportunity to create an individualized associate or bachelor’s degree program. You will work closely with an assigned mentor to design individual concentrations that meet your specific educational goals and interests.

Your undergraduate concentration can be tailored 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

SUNY Empire State College's School of Nursing has programs designed for registered nurses with an active New York state RN license.

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 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. 


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.