SUNY Empire State College Partnership Programs

Government Partnerships

SUNY Empire State College develops credit-bearing programs to meet the specific needs of government agencies that help employees advance their education.

Partnership benefits are available to employees, members and students of partnering corporate and community organizations.

The college’s partnerships with government agencies include: 

Defense Acquisition University (DAU): This partnership was developed to provide educational opportunities to acquisition workforce members who work for defense agencies.

Erie County Department of Social Services/Empire State College Employee Education Program: A federally funded project that finances Erie County social services employees’ studies for associate and bachelor’s degrees in business, management and economics or community and human services. These degrees enable ECDSS employees to advance professionally by qualifying for county promotional exams.

The New York City Transit Authority Program offered at the Metropolitan Center in New York City enables employees to pursue associate and bachelor’s degrees in all areas of study for leadership and career growth. Concentrations related to employment can be created through individualized degree planning, for example, transportation management or emergency management.

SUNY Empire State College also offers cutting-edge bachelor's programs in in Emergency ManagementFire Service Administration and Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Fire Academy, the Emergency Management Institute, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as agencies of the Department of Homeland Security. These concentrations are designed to meet the needs of emergency responders, firefighters, military personnel or other professionals who are working full-time and looking to advance their careers in these fields. More information on Emergency Management, Fire Service Administration, and Homeland Security, is available.

More Information

For information about The New York City Transit Authority Program, please contact Mike Merrill, Dean at 646-230-1346 or by email:

Agencies or organizations interested in creating a similar partnership with SUNY Empire State College should call 800-847-3000, ext. 2851 or email