School for Graduate Studies Catalog

Message From the Officer in Charge

Welcome to the School for Graduate Studies at SUNY Empire State College

Since our founding in 1971, SUNY Empire’s mission is to enable students to earn a college degree at times and locations convenient and conducive to their individual learning. The college has, through flexible and innovative approaches to higher education, reduced barriers to study caused by factors – including geography, family, work, and civic responsibilities – that can make it difficult to attend conventional classes.

This has never been more apparent, or necessary, than now. Amid a global pandemic, SUNY Empire’s graduate programs prepare you for opportunities to advance your career in a safe and secure way, even as the world around us continues to change.

Our School for Graduate Studies offers a wide range of master’s degree programs in business, management and leadership; education; liberal arts and science; and nursing. In 2021, we’re launching our first-ever doctoral program – an Ed.D. in educational leadership and change. You can also pursue any of 25 advanced certificate programs, which can stand alone or be incorporated into your graduate degree, often with few or no additional required courses.

Our alumni are diverse, distinguished, involved graduates across New York and around the world who remain engaged in and dedicated to the institutional mission, and they are generous mentors and resources for current students.

On behalf of the SUNY Empire State College family, welcome and best wishes for a successful academic experience.


Nathan Gonyea, Officer in Charge