SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 by the SUNY Board of Trustees and then-chancellor and future United States Commissioner of Education Ernest L. Boyer as a distinctive statewide SUNY institution focused on nontraditional teaching and learning, where college faculty mentors guide learners through designing an individual degree program within 12 broad areas.
Further, the college continues its 40-year commitment to valuing learning gained from life and work experience, and has a clear process for assessing and awarding credit for college-level learning gained through experience.
Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the college serves mostly working adults pursuing associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees on-site at 35 locations in New York state and abroad, as well as online everywhere.
You can study in the following ways:
The School of Nursing offers
Associate and bachelor’s degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and career fields are offered in 12 undergraduate areas of study:
The School for Graduate Studies continues to add new master's degrees. Current programs include:
Advanced graduate certificates and undergraduate certificates are designed to provide focused study to support a particular career interest.
The faculty at Empire State College recognize that adults have many opportunities for valuable learning in their everyday lives and work.
When this prior learning is college-level, it can be identified through an evaluative process designed to determine whether it is worthy of college credit.
Many undergraduate students also earn credit via national standardized examinations.
Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration in Management degree have the opportunity to pursue academic assessments for master's-level knowledge in eight content areas.
If you apply by the priority-application deadline, you are considered for the upcoming term. If you apply after the priority-application deadline, you will be considered on a space-available basis or for the next term.
The priority-application deadlines for each term are:
For additional information, visit Admissions.
This academic calendar has one goal in mind — to help you, as an Empire State College student, achieve academic success and earn your degree.
Students may start their studies after completing an orientation session (in person at a center or unit, or online for Center for Distance Learning students).
The college offers a five-term academic calendar. The calendar features five 15-week terms:
Graduate students, depending on the program, start in either September or January.
The graduate school offers a three-term academic calendar. The calendar features three 15-week terms:
A bachelor’s degree requires that you complete 124 credits, while an associate degree requires 64 credits.
Generally, students complete their degrees in two to five years, studying part time. The amount of time may vary depending on how much credit you transfer and the type of degree program you design.
For a complete and current breakout of undergraduate and graduate tuition charges by credit and fees, please visit the college’s tuition webpages.
The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies houses the most comprehensive labor program of its kind in the United States and has been addressing the needs of trade unionists and others interested in labor-related issues since 1972.
Many labor leaders across New York state can be counted among the center’s graduates. All of the college’s areas of study are available at The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies.
The School of Nursing and Allied Health offers an online RN to B.S. in Nursing program for registered nurses who hold associate degrees or diplomas and wish to continue their nursing education. The Master of Science in Nursing degree program prepares graduates to advance nursing practice in a complex and evolving health care environment.
Yes, Empire State College students are eligible for a number of state and federal grants as well as college foundation scholarships. More than 50 percent of our students receive financial assistance.