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About Our Graduate Programs

Empire State University (aka SUNY Empire) offers 30 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.

All of our graduate programs are online and flexible, so they’re perfect for busy, working adults.

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

3 BIG Questions You Might Be Asking Yourself About Grad School

…and why SUNY Empire IS your answer

1: Can I do it online?

They don’t call us “SUNY’s leading online university” for nothing. All of our graduate programs can be done online.

At SUNY Empire, we've been pioneering online education since 1995, and we never stopped innovating.

Our online education comes with some key benefits:

  • Flexibility
  • Convenience
  • More freedom
  • The ability to learn on your terms
  • Real-world ready, practical learning
  • It’s easier to take classes while working full time

If you want the flexibility and convenience of online education, you’re in the right place.

“Online courses give you a sense of freedom that a traditional classroom does not.”
- Jennifer Pettis (M.S. in Nursing)


SUNY Empire: $471 (non-MBA), $625 (MBA) (for New York state residents)

  • Purdue Global: $485
  • Southern New Hampshire University: $627
  • Grand Canyon University: $630 (varies by course level)
  • Strayer University: $663.33
  • University of Phoenix: $698
  • DeVry University: $776
  • Capella University: $815

Note: The tuition prices for SUNY Empire listed above are for New York state residents.

2: Is grad school worth it these days?

Graduate school can be expensive. This means you need to make sure you get a good return on your investment.

At SUNY Empire, we make sure you get the most value for your degree. Our tuition costs a fraction of what you would pay at public institutions.

We also offer lots of options for financial aid.

Yes, SUNY Empire is worth it. You get affordability and value, as well as a clear path to advancing your career.

3: Do you have the program I want?

Chances are, we do have the program you want.

At SUNY Empire, we have 27 graduate programs and 29 advanced certificates to choose from.

Our graduate areas of study include:

  • Business, Management and Leadership
  • Education
  • Graduate Liberal Arts and Science
  • Nursing and Allied Health

Our options make it easy to find a graduate program that fits your needs and career goals.

These are all real-world ready programs that give you the skills you need for success in today's ever-changing world (and the future).

“I enjoyed the positive experience within the School for Graduate Studies. It is a great place for working professionals and career changers and I have been able to leverage my professional knowledge into my studies.”
– Nan Eileen Mead (M.A. in Social and Public Policy)