Frequently Asked Questions

Are your degrees accredited and are they accepted in my country?

Empire State College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY), is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. You will need to check with your country's Ministry of Education to be sure that our degrees and courses are accepted.

Is financial aid (support) available?

U.S. citizens may apply for federal financial aid. Non U.S. citizens are urged to request financial aid and scholarship information from their home country.

Can I transfer credits from Empire State College to a university in my country?

Empire State College is part of the State University of New York and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Our credits usually transfer easily, and can be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES) if necessary. For specific information on transferring Empire State College credits contact the prospective college or university about their transfer policy.

Can I go on to earn a master’s (graduate-level) degree?

Many of our students go on to obtain graduate-level (master’s or Ph.D.) degrees after completing their undergraduate degree at Empire State College. For specific entrance requirements contact your intended university.

Can I complete courses at my own pace?

Terms (five per year) are 15 weeks long. Students are expected to log into the online course several times per week for each course. Courses cannot be accelerated without permission of the course instructor. Students are advised that each course requires 10 – 16 hours of study time per week. Students requiring extra time to read texts in English may need to allow more than 16 hours per week.