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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

State University of New York Empire State College

Type of Institution: 
Public Comprehensive
Degrees Available: 

(List of degree programs generally contains those that are designed to accommodate working adults and nontraditional students.) The college offers individually designed associate and bachelor's degrees (Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Professional Studies) in 11 areas of study: Arts; Business, Management and Economics; Community and Human Services; Cultural Studies; Educational Studies, Historical Studies, Human Development, Interdisciplinary Studies, Labor Studies, Science, Mathematics and Technology, Nursing, and Social Theory, Social Structure, and Change. Master of Arts degrees in liberal studies and several policy studies areas are also available as well as a competency-based Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. A Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is available for those who want to teach in school districts in New York state's larger cities.

Forms of Credit: 
  • In addition to regular transfer of transcripted credit, the college awards advanced standing credit based on a range of noncollegiate sources: proficiency examinations (CLEP, ECE, TECEP, DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)), learning experiences evaluated and recommended for credit by NCCRS and ACE-CCRS, military educational experiences recommended for credit by ACE, licenses, certificates and training evaluated through Empire State College's own evaluation process, and individualized assessment of prior college-level learning by faculty or college-selected experts.
  • Up to 96 credits of the 128 credit bachelor's degree (or 40 credits of the 64 credit associate degree) is possible through advanced standing.
Additional Information: 
  • Each undergraduate student completes an educational/academic planning process during which the individualized degree is designed and potential advanced standing is developed.
  • The college's adult students earning bachelor's degrees on average receive about 50 credits of transfer transcript credit and about 40 credits of advanced standing based on noncollegiate sources.
  • The college has learning centers throughout New York state, with major centers in New York City, Long Island, Hartsdale, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, and in over 25 other locations. For a map of all the college's locations go to
  • The Center for Distance Learning offers totally online degrees.

Contact Information

Office of Collegewide Academic Review (OCAR) or the Office of Academic Review at the Empire State College regional learning center near you
2 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-6048
United States
518 587-2100 ext. 2446