School for
Graduate Studies

Empire State University offers 29 graduate degrees and 27 advanced certificates in business, policy, education, and liberal studies through the School for Graduate Studies and the School of Nursing and Allied Health.

Graduate Academic Calendar

Academic Terms


Summer 15-week Term 2023

May 15, 2023 - August 25, 2023

Summer Express Term 1 2023

May 15, 2023 - July 7, 2023

Fall 2023

September 5 - December 15, 2023

Spring 2024

January 16, 2024 - April 26, 2024

Summer 15-week Term 2024

May 13, 2024 - August 23, 2024

Summer Express Term 1 2024

May 13, 2024 - July 5, 2024

Advanced certificate and nondegree opportunities

Do you want to take a course or two? Or do you need a certificate to further your career? SUNY Empire can help you with that.

Advanced Certificates

Add an advanced certificate to your graduate degree to enhance your program and focus your studies on a specific area of interest. These fully online, post-bachelor’s, and post-master's certificates give you an additional credential you can build into your degree program, often with few or no additional classes.

Learn more about advanced certificates

Nondegree Study (nonmatriculated)

You can take courses with Empire State University even if you’re not pursuing a degree. Nondegree, or nonmatriculated, study is a great way to stay current in your field, earn credit toward a degree at another college or university, improve your skills, or train for employment.

Learn more about graduate nondegree study options

Did You Know?

Across all disciplines, Americans with a master’s degree earn
18.4% more
than those with a bachelor’s degree only, and those with professional degrees earn
45.1% more.*

of U.S. employers have raised their education requirements over the past five years, hiring workers with master’s degrees for positions that had been primarily held by those with four-year degrees. **

SUNY Empire has combined Bachelor’s/Master’s degrees
Save time and money by working on two degrees simultaneously. These combined bachelor’s/master’s degree pathways are for highly qualified, current undergraduate students who wish to continue to a master’s degree. The School for Graduate Studies currently offers a dual degree program and combined pathways to Empire State University’s undergraduate students, as well as combined pathways to undergraduate students from SUNY Canton, and SUNY Morrisville.

Learn more about combined degree programs

* National Bureau of Labor Statistics
** Career Builder Survey

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