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SUNY Cobleskill and Empire State College Partner to Streamline Graduate School Opportunities for Students

Participants Could Earn a Master’s Degree in One Year After Earning a SUNY Cobleskill Bachelor’s Degree;

Degrees Can Be Completed 100% Online

Cobleskill, New York – Nov. 4, 2019

SUNY Cobleskill President Marion A. Terenzio and SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras today signed an agreement to create five new pathways to lower barriers for SUNY Cobleskill students to earn a graduate degree through SUNY Empire.

The partnership allows eligible bachelor’s degree students at SUNY Cobleskill to earn their master’s degree online through SUNY Empire in as little as one year with accelerated pathways and cross-registration. The agreement also waives the application fee and certain application requirements for eligible students.

SUNY Empire’s flexible online learning model allows students to complete their master’s degree around the demands of a busy lifestyle. On average, those who earn a master’s degree in New York State earn roughly $17,000 more per year than those with bachelor’s degrees.

The five pathways are:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration to Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Financial Services to Master of Science in Finance
  • Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology to Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology to Master of Arts in Work and Labor Policy
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology to MBA in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources

“This agreement represents our shared commitment to providing outstanding educational opportunities for learners to become more socially mobile,” said SUNY Cobleskill President Marion A. Terenzio. “As always, we are eager to provide the pathway for our students to become emerging professionals. We look forward to partnering with SUNY Empire State College, as we together cultivate the next generation of effective leaders and trendsetters in business and finance, policy and management.”

“This is an excellent opportunity for SUNY Cobleskill students to advance their learning by earning a graduate degree in as little as one year after earning a bachelor’s degree,” said SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras. “And with SUNY Empire’s online learning model, they won’t have to choose between studying and working — it’s designed for both. I’d like to thank President Marion Terenzio and the hardworking faculty and staff at both colleges for helping to make higher education more accessible for everyone.”

Susan J. Zimmermann, SUNY Cobleskill provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, adds: “Our exceptional faculty have years of experience in business and industry – as entrepreneurs and business owners – and enhance our students’ education and career-readiness by providing them with opportunities to interact with their networks of industry professionals.”

“We are constantly looking to build academic pathways helping our students advance their careers and earn degrees for that next opportunity,” said Meg Benke, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at SUNY Empire. “These five pathways will allow students a flexible seamless progression to earn their master’s degrees while saving costs and reducing time to graduation.”

The agreement takes effect immediately. Find more information about the pathway programs here.

Photos of the signing are available here.

Video of the signing is available here.


This release was issued by SUNY Cobleskill, 11/04/19

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