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If you are looking for an online college in New York, we've got you covered. This list includes the 30 best accredited online colleges in New York State, with information on each school's history, accreditation, degree programs, online offerings, and support for online students. If you're on the fence about an online education, check out the schools ranked below. We have included a wide array of diverse colleges and universities, so you can be sure to find an online degree program that fits you, your needs, and your goals.

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We selected the online colleges and universities here based on the quality of their programs, types of courses and degrees offered, faculty strengths, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation, including a strong reputation for online degree programs.

Note: In ranking the best online colleges in New York, giving attention to the variety of degree programs available at the institutions is of utmost importance. For this reason, a more prestigious school in New York may offer one, or a few online degrees, but that may not be enough for that school to rank highly among the best online colleges in the state. In this ranking, we are dedicated to showing who’s leading the way in delivering quality online degree programs in New York.

The Best Online Colleges in New York

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New York University 

New York, NY

About this school

Founded in 1831 by Albert Gallatin, who served as secretary of the treasury under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, today New York University is one of the largest private universities in the United States. Serving over 50,000 students, New York University has campuses in New York City, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai, as well as study abroad sites in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. New York University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs, both in–person and online, through 17 schools, colleges, and institutes.

Many of the schools and departments at New York University offer online, blended, and low–residency programs. Online bachelor’s programs available at NYU include social science and leadership and management studies. Online master’s programs include specialties in public health, taxation, professional writing, secondary education, and global finance. Students can also earn online certificates in topics including corporate finance, bioinformatics, and estate planning.

Students enrolled in online programs at New York University receive support from the university to enhance their distance learning experience. Resources include library access, career development, and academic advising.

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Syracuse University 

Syracuse, NY

About this school

Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private, non–profit university that serves nearly 22,000 students. Syracuse University is a forward–thinking institution; the school offered the first fine arts degree in the United States and founded of the country’s first School of Information Studies, the Syracuse University iSchool. The university offers 100s of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs through its 13 schools and colleges: the School of Architecture, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, the School of Information Studies, the College of Law, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Many of the schools at Syracuse University offer online degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels, as well as online certificate programs. Students can earn an online associate in liberal arts, as well as bachelor’s degrees in a variety of majors, including creative leadership, knowledge management, and cybersecurity administration. Online master’s degree programs include business administration, information management, and library and information science. Online certificate programs at Syracuse University include data science, information security management, and school media.

Online students at Syracuse University receive support and resources to ensure they have a successful experience at the university. Help includes academic advising, financial aid, and flexible class scheduling.

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Mercy College 

Dobbs Ferry, NY

About this school

Mercy College, a four–year, private, non–profit, non–sectarian, liberal arts college founded in 1950, enrolls around 10,000 students. Mercy College offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs, including more than 30 fully online degree and certificate programs. The school offers degrees through five colleges: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. With campuses in Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan, and Yorktown Heights, and classes offered in–person and online, Mercy College is committed to serving its diverse student body.

Mercy College has a variety of online degree programs for students who want to earn degrees and certificates via distance learning. Online bachelor’s degree options include business administration, behavioral science, computer information systems, English, nursing, and psychology. Online students can pursue master’s degrees in bilingual education, business administration, counseling, and health services management. Mercy College offers several areas of concentration for students in its business administration programs to help tailor the degree to fit their personal and career goals. The master’s degree in counseling includes a two–week summer residency. The college also offers an online advanced certificate in special education.

Online students at Mercy College are fully supported during their distance learning experience. They have access to an online learning center, academic advising, financial assistance and career services, and can access course materials 24/7.

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Saint Joseph's College 

Brooklyn, NY

About this school

St. Joseph’s College—a private, liberal arts university established in 1916—enrolls around 5,000 students. The college offers more than 25 majors leading to a host of undergraduate and graduate degrees, including more than a dozen fully online degree and certificate options through SJC Online. The original St.Joseph’s College campus in Brooklyn is still the school’s largest campus, but degree programs are also offered at SJC Long Island in Patchogue, NY.

SJC Online offers bachelor’s degrees in organizational management, criminal justice practice and policy, general studies, health administration, and human services. Students also can pursue online master’s degrees in human services leadership and management. The college also offers dual degrees in organizational management/executive master’s of business administration and human services/human services leadership. Students can also complete a handful of online certificate programs. Through its Prior Experiential Learning Assessment, the college also allows students to gain college credit for life experiences.

Online students at St. Joseph’s University receive the same degree as their on–campus counterparts. SJC Online courses follow an asynchronous format, allowing students to complete coursework on their schedule. SJC Online students have access to library resources, technology support, and academic advisors.

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SUNY College of Technology at Canton 

Canton, NY

About this school

SUNY College of Technology at Canton—a public college founded in 1906—enrolls more than 3,000 students. SUNY College of Technology at Canton is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, the largest comprehensive university system in the United States. The college offers a host of associate, bachelor’s, and certificate program. Through SUNY Canton Online, the college offers 14 online degree programs and 450+ online courses.

SUNY Canton Online offers ten bachelor’s degree programs in majors including emergency management, finance, and legal studies. Students can also pursue several online associate degrees, including liberal arts and sciences, criminal justice, and business administration.

Online students at SUNY Canton Online have access to resources including financial aid and an online bookstore.

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Pace University 

New York, NY

About this school

Founded in 1906, Pace University is a private, non–profit, liberal arts college committed to providing educational access to a diverse array of students as well as innovating to meet the needs of the global economy. Pace University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs through six colleges and schools: the College of Health Professions, the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, the Lubin School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Law, and the Seidenberg School of Computer Science. With campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, as well as several online offerings, Pace University enrolls over 13,000 students.

Pace University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs through their online learning platform. Students can pursue online associate degrees in general arts and sciences and applied information technology, as well as online bachelor’s degrees in majors including business studies, professional technology studies, and nursing. Online master’s programs at Pace University include publishing, Internet technology, enterprise analytics, public administration, and educational leadership. Online certificate programs include information systems, magazine publishing, and software development and engineering.

Online students at Pace University receive a variety of resources to support them in their distance learning pursuits. Support includes counseling, tutoring, and library services.

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Utica College 

Utica, NY

About this school

Utica College, a private university established in 1946, enrolls around 5,000 students. The university was founded by Syracuse University and became independently accredited in 1995. Utica College offers more than 50 programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees with online degrees and certificates in a variety of fields. With students from 45 different states and 39 different countries, the students at Utica College represent a wide diversity of ethnicities, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

Utica College offers online bachelor’s degrees in economic crime investigation, nursing and cybersecurity. Students can pursue online master’s degrees in financial crime and compliance management, fraud management, healthcare administration, cybersecurity, and cyber policy and risk analysis. Students also can complete a master’s degree in business administration with six specializations. Utica College enables students to earn a transitional doctor of physical therapy degree or complete a certificate in financial crimes investigator.

The Student Success department at Utica College serves online students, just as they do traditional, on–campus students. Utica College’s online programs allow students to access course materials any time of the day with no set class schedules, and online students receive the same degree as on–campus students.

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Medaille College 

Buffalo, NY

About this school

Medaille College—a private, nonsectarian, liberal arts college founded in 1937—enrolls more than 2,000 students. Medaille College offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, including around a dozen fully online degree programs. Medaille College offers degrees through eight departments: Business, Management and Leadership, Communication and Sport Studies, Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, Science, Mathematics and Technology, Social Sciences, and Veterinary Technology.

Medaille College’s fully online degree programs include associate degrees in business, general studies, and veterinary technology, as well as online bachelor’s degrees in health information management, business administration, information systems, general studies, and homeland security. Online students can pursue a handful of master’s degrees in clinical health counseling, business administration, psychology, and organizational leadership. Medaille College also offers an advanced online certificate in clinical mental health counseling. Medaille College’s online courses follow a seven–week calendar with weekly deadlines.

Medaille College offers its online students support so they can succeed in their distance learning endeavors. Online students have access to a host of resources, including financial aid, library resources, and career services.

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SUNY College at Brockport 

Brockport, NY

About this school

Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, SUNY College at Brockport is a public university that serves around 8,000 students. Founded as Brockport Collegiate Institute in 1835, the school underwent several transformations before joining the SUNY system and adopting its current name. Known as an innovative and dynamic institution, SUNY College at Brockport offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificates, both in–person and online. There are five schools and Colleges at SUNY College at Brockport: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, Health, and Human Services, the Honors College, and the Delta College.

SUNY College at Brockport offers a variety of online bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs. Most of the distance learning programs offered are master’s and advanced certificate programs. Students seeking undergraduate degrees can pursue an online bachelor’s degree in nursing. Online master’s programs include business, education, liberal studies, family nurse practitioner, and community health education. Online advanced certificate programs include school counseling and a variety of education specialties.

Online students at SUNY College at Brockport gain access to many resources to support them in their distance learning experience. Support includes career planning, library services, and help through the Academic Success Center.

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Roberts Wesleyan College 

Rochester, NY

About this school

Roberts Wesleyan College, a Christian liberal arts college founded in 1866, enrolls nearly 2,000 students. Founded by a Methodist minister, Roberts Wesleyan College is dedicated to integrating a Christian worldview and learning into the daily lives and studies of its faculty and students. The college offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate, and degree completion programs, including online degrees in health administration, criminal justice, business, nursing, and teacher education.

Roberts Wesleyan College’s online offerings include bachelor degree completion programs in organizational management, health administration, and nursing. Students with at least two years of professional experience and college credit can earn an online bachelor’s degree in 21 months or less. The college’s online graduate programs include strategic leadership, healthcare informatics administration, nursing education, special education, and nursing leadership and administration. Online students can earn their master’s degree in 16 to 20 months. Roberts Wesleyan College also offers online certificate programs in nursing and health administration.

Students enrolled in online courses at Roberts Wesleyan College benefit from the flexibility offered by the school’s online programs as well as the support of faculty and staff. Online courses feature weekly assignments and group discussions with no set date or time for meetings. Online students can access library services and academic advising.

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Marist College 

Poughkeepsie, NY

About this school

Marist College was founded in 1929 as a training school for Marist Brothers, an international community of Catholic men. Today the school is not religiously affiliated and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees with the goal of helping students develop intellect, character, and skills to be productive, ethical global 21st century citizens. Marist College enrolls around 6,000 students and offers a variety of on–campus and online degree and certificate programs. With seven colleges and schools—the School of Communication and the Arts, the School of Computer Science and Mathematics, the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Management, the School of Professional Programs, the School of Science, and the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences—Marist College offers its students several fields of study from which to choose.

Marist College is committed to offering a variety of distance learning opportunities for students in New York and around the world. Students looking to pursue an online undergraduate degree can complete a bachelor’s of science or art in professional studies. Online master’s degree programs include integrated marketing communication, business administration, educational psychology, public administration, and information systems. Students can also earn online certificates in information systems and business analytics.

Online students at Marist College benefit from a supportive, flexible learning environment as they participate in distance learning programs. Online classes are offered through iLearn, a collaborative learning environment. Support for online students at Marist College includes technical support, a bookstore, and counseling.

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Berkeley College 

New York, NY

About this school

Berkeley College, founded in 1931, has the mission of empowering students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers. The school serves over 4,000 students and offers a variety of associate and bachelor’s degree programs. Berkeley College offers courses and degree programs through five schools and colleges: the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Health Studies, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies. With multiple campuses in New York and New Jersey, as well as a robust selection of online programs, Berkeley College offers its students academic and professional opportunities, no matter their location.

Berkeley College offers many online associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs. Online associate degree programs include accounting, fashion merchandising and management, and financial services. Online bachelor’s programs at Berkeley College include general business, health services management, and information technology management. Students can also earn dual four–year bachelor’s and master’s degrees in specialties including international business, management, and marketing communications.

Students enrolled in distance learning programs at Berkeley College benefit from a variety of resources and supports as they work to earn online degrees. Support includes academic advising, library access, and career services.

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Clarkson University 

Potsdam, NY

About this school

Clarkson University is a private research university that serves over 4,000 students. The university was founded in 1896, named after Thomas S. Clarkson, entrepreneur and humanitarian. Clarkson University’s main campus is in Potsdam, NY, with other locations in Saranac Lake, Schenectady, Beacon, and New York City, and the school offers several online graduate programs. Clarkson University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs through seven schools and institutes: the David D. Reh School of Business, Early College Program: The Clarkson School, the Graduate School, the Institute for a Sustainable Environment, the Institute for STEM Education, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

Clarkson University offers several online master’s degree programs for students looking to pursue higher education in a flexible, convenient environment. Clarkson University’s main online offering is an MBA with several concentration options. The degree is customizable, so that students can create a schedule, course plan, and ultimately degree that works for their goals, needs, and lifestyle. Students also have the option to obtain a dual degree with a master’s of science in data analytics by earning 21 additional credits.

Online students at Clarkson University benefit from a variety of resources and support to make their distance learning experience successful. Help includes academic advising, library services, and financial aid.

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Stony Brook University 

Stony Brook, NY

About this school

Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, was founded in 1957 as a college to train secondary math and science teachers. Considered one of the flagship SUNY institutions, Stony Brook University offers a variety of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. The school serves nearly 26,000 students and has a campus in Southampton in addition to the main campus in Stony Brook, as well as several online offerings. Stony Brook University has 13 colleges and schools: the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Graduate School, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Health Technology and Management, the School of Journalism, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the School of Professional Development, and the School of Social Welfare.

Stony Brook University offers several online degree programs, at the bachelor’s and master’s level. Students can also earn online certificates through the School of Professional Development. Online bachelor’s degree programs at Stony Brook University include nursing and electrical engineering. Online master’s programs include higher education administration, liberal studies, human resource management, and nutrition. Online certificate programs available include coaching, educational leadership, and higher education administration.

The Office of E–Learning at Stony Brook University offers support for students taking online courses. Resources include technology support, research support, academic advising, and career development.

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Nyack College 

Nyack, NY

About this school

Founded in New York City in 1882, Nyack College is a private, Christian institution that serves over 2,000 students. Originally, a training school for missionaries, Nyack College has always been committed to preparing its students for lives of service. Nyack College offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees through nine schools and colleges: the Alliance Theological Seminary, the School of Education, the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling, the College of Bible and Christian Ministry, the School of Business, the School of Social Work, the School of Music, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Cheryl Phenicie School of Nursing.

Nyack College’s online programs offer students the opportunity to pursue Christian undergraduate and graduate education from anywhere in the world. Online programs operate through a cohort model, so that distance learning students can develop relationships with their fellow students as they learn in a community of like–minded academics and professionals. Online associate programs include biblical studies and liberal arts and sciences. Online bachelor’s programs include psychology and organizational management. Online master’s programs include biblical studies, mental health counseling, administration finance, and theology and missions.

Online students have access to a variety of supports as they work through Nyack College’s distance learning programs. Resources include financial services, academic advising, and community–based learning with a mentor. Online students at Nyack College also benefit from a flexible schedule with classes starting every four months.

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University at Buffalo 

Buffalo, NY

About this school

University at Buffalo is a flagship member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, founded in 1846. University at Buffalo serves over 30,000 students and offers a wide variety of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. As the largest campus in the SUNY system, University at Buffalo houses 13 colleges and schools: the School of Architecture and Planning, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Dental Medicine, the Graduate School of Education, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Law School, the School of Management, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the School of Public Health and Health Professions, the School of Social Work, and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Graduate Division.

University at Buffalo offers several online master’s and doctoral degree programs, as well as online certificates. Online master’s degree programs include specialties in school librarianship, music education, and education and technology. Students can also earn an online doctorate in curriculum, instruction, and the science of learning. University at Buffalo also has several online certificate programs available, in topics including college teaching, mental health counseling, and music learning theory.

Online students at University of Buffalo receive several resources and supports to aid in their distance learning. Support includes financial aid and academic advising. Students who complete an online master’s or doctorate degree program are encouraged to attend their commencement ceremony at the University of Buffalo campus in Buffalo, NY.

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Davis College 

Johnson City, NY

About this school

Davis College is a Christian, Bible–centered higher learning institution that provides associate and bachelor’s degree programs, as well as several certificates. Founded in 1900 as Practical Bible Training School, the school became Davis College in 2004. Today, Davis College enrolls around 300 students. Students can study at Davis College in three ways: on–campus, online, or at distance learning sites in various locations.

Most of the degree programs at Davis College are offered online as well as in a traditional, on–campus setting. Online bachelor’s degree programs at Davis College include religious education, intercultural ministries, pastoral education, and Christian ministries. Students can also pursue an online bachelor’s in Christian ministries with an emphasis in teacher preparation and then go on to earn a master’s degree through a partnership with SUNY at Oswego. Online students can also earn an associate degree in applied science, as well as certificates in Bible and teaching English as a second language.

Online students at Davis College receive aid and support to help them succeed in a distance learning environment. Resources include library access, student support services, and financial aid.

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SUNY Polytechnic Institute 

Utica, NY

About this school

SUNY Polytechnic Institute is a relatively new university, formed in 2014 when SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany and the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica merged to form one organization. The school is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Aware of academic tradition, today’s fast–paced culture of innovation, and the needs of the global economy, SUNY Polytechnic Institute offers affordable bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in science, engineering, and technology. SUNY Polytechnic Institute serves over 2,000 students through six colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Management, the College of Engineering, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Nanoscale Engineering and Technology Innovation, and the College of Nanoscale Sciences.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute offers a variety of online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, as well as several online certificate programs. Online bachelor’s programs include nursing and health information management. Online master’s degree programs available at SUNY Polytechnic Institute include technology management, accountancy, information design technology, cybersecurity, and nursing education.

The Office of Distance Learning is committed to fostering a culture of excellence in teaching and learning in each of SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s online degree programs by providing resources to online instructors and students. Other student supports include academic advising, career services, and library access.

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University at Albany 

Albany, NY

About this school

SUNY at Albany, a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, was founded in 1844 as a normal school to train teachers. In 1914, the institution became the New York State College for Teachers, still focused exclusively on preparing teachers for careers in the classroom. In 1962, the school joined the SUNY system, and today SUNY at Albany serves over 17,000 students and offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines. With three campuses—the Uptown Campus, the Downtown Campus, and the Health Sciences Campus—and a variety of online degree programs, SUNY at Albany offers a host of accessible, diverse learning opportunities for its students.

SUNY at Albany offers several online degree programs, including an online bachelor’s degree program, numerous online graduate degree programs, and several online certificate programs. Students looking to pursue undergraduate education online at SUNY at Albany can earn a bachelor’s degree in informatics. Online master’s degree programs include specializations in curriculum development and instructional technology, childhood education, reading, and public health practice. Students at SUNY at Albany can also pursue a doctorate in literacy. Online certificate options include global health, literacy, special education, and online learning and teaching.

SUNY at Albany has offered online degree programs for 20+ years and has a variety of systems and support in place to ensure that online students meet their career and personal goals. Resources include academic advising, library access, financial aid, and technical support.

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SUNY College at Oswego 

Oswego, NY

About this school

SUNY College at Oswego, a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, was founded in 1861 as the Oswego Primary Teachers’ Training School. In 1948, SUNY College at Oswego became one of the charter members of the SUNY system. The school serves over 8,000 students and offers 100+ bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. SUNY College at Oswego no longer specializes only in educating teachers. Today the school offers degrees through four academic schools: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Communication, Media, and the Arts.

SUNY College at Oswego offers online degrees through their Division of Extended Learning. The school is committed to providing access to high–quality education to people at all ages and stages of life and career and does so with a variety of online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, as well as several online certificate programs. SUNY College at Oswego offers four bachelor’s completion degrees, in broadcasting and mass communication, career and technical education, criminal justice, and wellness management. Online master’s degree programs include business administration, health services administration, and biomedical health informatics. Online certificate options include behavioral forensics, health information technology, and integrated health systems.

Online students receive support from SUNY College at Oswego to help their distance learning experience go smoothly. Resources include veteran services, and academic planning and advising.

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St. John's University 

Queens, NY

About this school

St. John’s University—a private, Catholic and Vincentian university founded in 1870—enrolls more than 21,000 students. St. John’s University offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, professional and doctoral degree programs, including more than a dozen online degree programs. The school offers degrees through six academic schools and colleges: the St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the College of Professional Studies, and the School of Law.

St. John’s University allows students to earn a handful of online bachelor’s degrees including majors in business administration, criminal justice, and liberal arts. The university offers online master’s degrees in subjects such as accounting, global development and social justice, library and information science, school building leadership, taxation, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), as well as a host of advanced certificates.

Online students at St. John’s University have access to a host of services including financial aid, advisement, online registration, library resources, career services, and campus ministry. Full–time faculty teaches the university’s online courses.

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The New School 

New York, NY

About this school

The New School, as evidenced its name, is an innovative institution that seeks to provide students with a challenging and relevant education. Founded in 1919 by intellectuals and educators who were frustrated by the intellectual timidity of traditional colleges, The New School has grown to enroll over 10,000 students and offer a variety of degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Students at The New School are encouraged to study across the school’s five colleges—the Parsons School of Design, the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the College of Performing Arts, the New School for Social Research, and the Schools of Public Engagement—to benefit from a comprehensive, interdisciplinary education.

The New School offers several online degree and certificate programs. These programs allow students to enjoy the advantages of an education from The New School anywhere in the world. Online students can pursue an associate degree in fashion marketing and a master’s degree in strategic design and management. Online certificate programs include fashion business, graphic and digital design, design leadership for business, healthier materials and sustainable buildings, and fashion industry essentials.

Online students enrolled in degree and certificate programs at The New School receive a variety of resources from the school to enhance their distance learning experience. Support includes academic advising and financial aid.

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The Sage Colleges 

Troy, NY

About this school

The Sage Colleges, a private educational institution established in 1916, comprises three colleges—Sage College of Albany, Russell Sage College and Sage Graduate School. Sage College of Albany offers classes and degree programs in New York’s capital city, Albany. Russell Sage College is a women’s college in downtown Troy, NY, and Sage Graduate School offers graduate degree programs, on both campuses and online. The school enrolls around 2,900 students. The Sage Colleges offers more than 70 bachelor, master and doctoral degrees, including eight fully online degrees through Russell Sage Online.

Students at Russell Sage Online can pursue online bachelor’s degrees in business administration, information technology and cybersecurity, and accounting. Online students can complete master’s degrees in applied behavior analysis and autism, applied nutrition, health services administration, organizational management, and business administration. Russell Sage Online also offers two online certification programs: cybersecurity and information technology. Russell Sage Online offers accelerated courses with flexible schedules.

Online students at The Sage Colleges have access to several resources to help them succeed in a distance learning environment. Support includes academic advising, library access, and financial aid.

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Adelphi University 

Garden City, NY

About this school

Adelphi University was founded in 1863 as Adelphi Academy, a private preparatory school in Brooklyn, NY. The school became Adelphi College, a coeducational, degree–granting organization in 1896. In 1929, the school finally became Adelphi University, the first coeducational institution of higher education on Long Island. Today Adelphi University enrolls around 8,000 students and offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees through eight schools and colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, the Honors College, the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, the School of Nursing, the School of Social Work, and the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Adelphi University offers several online degrees and certificates, making learning with the university flexible and convenient for students around the world. For students looking for undergraduate distance learning programs, Adelphi University offers online associate and bachelor’s degree programs in emergency services administration. Online master’s degree programs include art education, educational technology, emergency management, healthcare informatics, nutrition, social work, and sport management. Online certificate programs at Adelphi University include autism, English to Spanish translation, and emergency management.

Adelphi University offers a variety of resources to students enrolled in its online degree and certificate programs. Personalized students services for online learners include academic advising and financial aid.

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Houghton College 

Houghton, NY

About this school

Houghton College is a Christian liberal arts college, affiliated with the Wesleyan denomination. The school offers academically challenging programs taught from a Christian perspective. Founded in 1893 as a coeducational secondary school, Houghton College soon began offering college degree programs and awarded its first college diploma in 1901. Today the school serves around 1,000 students and offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs, available in–person and online.

Houghton College offers an online associate degree program, as well as several online bachelor’s degree programs. Students looking to pursue an associate degree can complete an online associate of arts program. Online bachelor’s degree programs available at Houghton College include majors in human resource management, integrated marketing communication, management, leadership development, and psychology.

Online students at Houghton College receive support from the school to assist their distance learning. Resources include library access and academic advising.

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CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice 

New York, NY

About this school

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice was founded in 1965 due to growing concerns about the increasing complexity of police work and the ongoing relations between police and the community. The school is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, named for John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The school serves over 14,000 students and offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in criminal justice and liberal arts, both in–person and online.

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice offers several online degree and certificate programs though John Jay Online, to make the school’s programs more accessible. Online programs through John Jay Online offer students the same academic rigor and support as traditional, on–campus degree programs. Students can earn an online bachelor’s degree in security management, as well as online advanced certificates in terrorism studies, transnational organized crime studies, criminal investigation, healthcare inspection and oversight, and emergency medical studies. Online master’s degree programs at John Jay Online include security management, criminal justice, emergency management, and international crime and justice.

Students enrolled in degree and certificate programs at John Jay Online have access to resources and support to improve their online learning experience. John Jay Online has an entire department of staff members seeking to create accessible, rewarding online degree programs. Resources include enrollment support, student support services, and academic advising.

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SUNY College of Technology at Alfred 

Alfred, NY

About this school

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred, also known as Alfred State, was founded in 1908. Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, SUNY College of Technology at Alfred offers a variety of undergraduate degree programs, both on–campus and online. Alfred State has three academic schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology, and the School of Applied Technology. Each of the schools offers numerous associate and bachelor’s degree programs in fields including veterinary technology, humanities, business, civil engineering technology, automotive trades, and culinary arts.

Created so that students looking to move up and excel in their careers could benefit from accessible, flexible online education, Alfred State offers a variety of online degree and certificate programs. Online associate degree programs include court and real–time reporting and health information technology. Online bachelor’s degree programs include business leadership, healthcare management, nursing, and human services management. Online certificate programs include court reporting and captioning and coding and reimbursement specialist.

Online students at SUNY College of Technology at Alfred benefit from a variety of resources and support. Resources include academic support, tutoring, and career services.

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SUNY College at Plattsburgh 

Plattsburgh, NY

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SUNY Plattsburgh began in 1889 as the State Normal and Training School at Plattsburgh. Today, U.S. News & World Report ranks SUNY Plattsburgh among the top universities in the north. The college enrolls more than 6,000 students and offers 64 undergraduate and graduate programs, including some fully online options.

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting (60 credits)
  • RN-to-BSN (49-53 credits)
  • Master of Science in Fitness and Wellness Leadership (30 credits)

Designed as a degree completion program, the online bachelor of science in accounting prepares graduates for several professional certifications, including the certified public account and the certified internal auditor. The RN-to-BSN program includes a course-based experiential learning component that online students can complete within their home region. Clinical coordinators work with students to identify and evaluate appropriate locations for the experiential learning component of the program.

Graduates of the 10-course master's in fitness and wellness leadership program can sit for certification exams administered by industry-recognized national organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Online students benefit from services and resources that include tutoring, writing and study skills seminars, academic counseling, career planning, job placement, and internship programs. SUNY Plattsburgh uses the Blackboard learning system to deliver its online programs.

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Stony Brook University 

Stony Brook, NY

About this school

Established in 1957, Stony Brook University began as a school for high school math and science teachers. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top national universities. Today, the college enrolls more than 26,000 students and offers more than 200 bachelor's degrees, over 100 master's, and 40 doctoral programs. A sampling of the university's 23 online programs follows below:

  • Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration (36 credits)
  • Master of Science in Human Resources Management (30 credits)
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education (45 credits)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse PractitionerAdvanced Graduate Certificate (22 credits minimum)
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Advanced Graduate Certificate (20 credits minimum)

The final credit tally for the advanced graduate nursing certificate programs depends on an assessment of the student's academic and experiential qualifications. The curriculum for the master of science in human resources management aligns with the educational standards established by the Society for Human Resource Management that are widely recognized in the industry. Stony Brook's higher education administration programs adheres to the professional competencies established by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Online enrollees can access various student services such as academic and transfer advisement, the writing center, and counseling and psychological services. Stony Brook uses the Blackboard learning management system for administration of online programs.

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SUNY Polytechnic Institute 

Utica, NY

About this school

SUNY Poly resulted from the 2014 merger of the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica (founded 1966) and the SUNY College of Nanoscience and Engineering in Albany (founded 1997). The university currently enrolls close to 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students and ranks among the top universities in the North. SUNY Poly offers several online certificate, bachelor's, and master's degrees in information technology, business, nursing, and accounting. A few examples follow below.

  • Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting and Valuation (12 credits)
  • Master of Business Administration in Technology Management (48 credits)
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity: Network and Computer Security (33 credits)
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education (39 credit hours)
  • Master of Science in Information Design and Technology (33 credits)

Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting can start the fully online post-baccalaureate certificate in forensic accounting and valuation immediately after they have been accepted to the program. Students without an accounting degree need to complete preparatory coursework before beginning the program.

The MBA in technology management, an online-only program, offers concentrations in accounting and finance, business management, health informatics, human resource management, and marketing management. The MS in nursing education, also online only, requires the completion of an internship. SUNY Poly uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver online programs.

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SUNY College of Technology at Delhi 

Delhi, NY

About this school

Established in 1913, SUNY Delhi occupies a 625-acre campus and currently enrolls more than 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students. U.S. News & World Report includes SUNY Delhi among higher learning institutions offering the best online bachelor's programs in the country. The college offers eight online programs in criminal justice, culinary arts management, electrical construction and instrumentation, hotel and restaurant management, and nursing. Examples of SUNY Delhi's online programs follow below.

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (61 upper-division credits)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Culinary Arts Management (122 credits)
  • Master of Science in Nursing Administration (32 credits)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Hotel and Restaurant Management (121 credits)
  • Associate in Occupational Studies in Electrical Construction and Instrumentation (63 credits)

Students pursuing the culinary arts management or the hotel and restaurant management degree can participate in the Walt Disney College Program, which gives students the chance to work at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for six months while earning college credits. SUNY Delhi designed the AOS program in electrical construction and instrumentation for electricians who belong to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Online enrollees can access various student services such as tutoring, career advisement, and library resources and materials. SUNY Delhi offers its online programs through the Vancko Hall (Moodle) campus learning management system.

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SUNY College at Brockport 

Brockport, NY

About this school

The College at Brockport began as the Brockport Collegiate Institute in 1835 and joined the SUNY system in 1948. Brockport currently enrolls close to 8,300 students and offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and over 50 master's degrees and certificates of advanced study. Brockport ranks among the top colleges and universities in the country offering the best online bachelor's programs. Several online programs are available, five of which appear below.

  • Master of Business Administration (36 credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in School Counseling (12 credits)
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (42 credits)
  • Master of Science in Community Health Education (42 credits)
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (30 credits)

Students pursuing the online MBA program must attend two, one-day residencies each semester, and the program follows a cohort model of education. Brockport designed the advanced certificate in school counseling program for candidates who already hold a master's degree in the field. The completion of the 12-credit certificate leads to permanent certification for New York State school counselors.

The master's in community health education program prepares graduates to sit for the National Health Education specialist exam, so they can earn either the certified health education specialist or the master certified health education specialist designation.

Students access their online coursework through the Blackboard learning management system, and resources for online enrollees include writing assistance through the STAR-NY program, student proctoring services, and remote tutoring.

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SUNY College of Technology at Alfred 

Alfred, NY

About this school

Founded in 1908, Alfred State currently enrolls over 3,700 students and offers more than 80 programs at the certificate, bachelor's, and master's levels. U.S. News & World Report ranks the college among the top colleges in the North, and students can choose from several online programs, including the five listed below.

  • Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology (68 credits)
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management (65 upper-division credits)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Technology Management (60 upper-division credits)
  • Bachelor of Technology in Construction Supervision (63 upper-division credits)
  • Coding and Reimbursement Specialist Certificate (42 credits)

Applicants for Alfred State's online undergraduate programs need at least an associate degree or 60 first- and second-year college credits prior to enrolling in upper-division coursework. Graduates of the AAS in health information technology program can sit for the Registered Health Information Technician exam.

Students pursuing the coding and reimbursement certificate program need to complete an 80-hour, non-paid profession practice experience during their final semester of study. After completing the certificate program, graduates can sit for national certification exams administered by the American Health Information Management Association or the American Academy of Professional coders.

Just like their on-campus counterparts, online enrollees can access several student services, including math and writing tutoring sessions, academic program planning, and career counseling. Alfred State uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver its online programs.

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Davis College 

Johnson City, NY

About this school

Davis College began in 1900 as the Practical Bible Training School and took on its current name in 2004 in honor of its founder, John A. Davis. The college makes most of its on-campus programs available online with the exception of the undergraduate concentration in music/worship leadership. Davis College offers certificate, associate, and bachelor's programs. Students can pursue the following programs online:

  • Bible Certificate Program (30 credits)
  • Certificate in TESL (24 credits)
  • Associate of Applied Science: Bible and Theology (60 credits)
  • Bachelor of Religious Education (121 credits)

Davis College designed the one-year bible certificate program to transition easily to a two-year AAS or a four-year bachelor's degree in the field. Students can pursue the Bible certificate and the TESL certificate 100% online, either on a full-time or part-time basis. The AAS degree includes a 27-credit major in Bible and theology and an optional minor in Christian ministries. The bachelor's degree offers eight areas of concentration, including Christian counseling, intercultural ministries, organizational leadership, pastoral studies, and youth ministries.

Online courses at Davis College follow eight-week delivery schedules, and most are available asynchronously for maximum flexibility and convenience. Tuition for online courses typically cost 35% less than on-campus programs. Online student services include peer tutoring services, academic advisement, and career counseling. Students access their coursework through the Blackboard learning management system.

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Cayuga Community College 

Auburn, NY

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Cayuga Community College began as Auburn Community College in 1953. Today, Cayuga enrolls over 4,400 students and offers associate and certificate programs in 12 fields of study. The following programs are offered completely online:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration (64 credits)
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration (63 credits)
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science (60 credits)
  • Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Science: Math and Science (62 credits)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice (63 credits)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Event and Tourism Management (62 credits)

The AAS in business administration offers optional concentrations in entrepreneurship, sports management, and wind studies. The AA in humanities and social science offers concentrations in criminal justice, literature, psychology, and writing. The AS in math and science program serves students who plan to continue their studies in fields such as medicine, pharmacology, biology, or environmental science. Students who plan to join the business workforce immediately after graduation should pursue the AAS program in business administration, whereas the AS in business administration caters to students who continue on to a four-year program after graduation.

Online enrollees can access the same services as their on-campus counterparts, including tutoring and testing services, career counseling, and academic advice. Cayuga uses the Blackboard learning management system.

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Corning Community College 

Corning, NY

About this school

Established in 1957, Corning Community College (CCC) comprises a 550-acre campus and serves the counties of Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben. CCC offers several programs that students can complete through a combination of online and on-campus coursework. The following programs are available entirely online:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration (64 credits)
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration (63 credits)
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences (62 credits)
  • Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences (63 credits)

CCC offers the AAS in business administration as a career program, as it prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the business arena. The three remaining fully online degrees are transfer programs and prepare graduates for continuing education in a four-year bachelor's program. CCC maintains several articulation agreements with top-ranked, four-year colleges and universities, including Binghamton University, St. John Fisher College, and Cornell University.

Most students earn an AS or AAS after four semesters of continuous enrollment. CCC uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver their online courses. Online students can access a variety of student services, including academic writing assistance, professional and peer tutoring, and test preparation guides.

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Clinton Community College 

Plattsburgh, NY

About this school

Established in 1966, Clinton Community College (CCC) began with an initial enrollment of 189 full-time students. The approximately 2,000 students enrolled today pursue certificate and associate programs in 10 fields of study. CCC offers programs requiring varying degrees of online participation, but the following programs require no on-campus visits and can be pursued 100% online:

  • Associate in Science in Business Administration (61 credits)
  • Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration (60 credits)
  • Associate in Applied Science in Information Systems (62-63 credits)
  • Associate in Applied Science in Health Services Management (60 credits)
  • Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts: Humanities/Social Science (60 credits)
  • Computer Support Certificate (24 credits)

Students can apply all credits from the computer support certificate toward the AAS in computer information systems program. Both the AS in business administration and the AA in humanities and social science programs prepare students for transfer to a four-year bachelor's program after graduation.

Online New York State residents pay the same tuition as on-campus residents. However, online enrollees pay an added technology fee. CCC uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver its online programs and maintains articulation agreements with several private and public colleges and universities to facilitate the transfer of their students to four-year institutions.

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Monroe Community College 

Rochester, NY

About this school

Founded in 1961 and currently enrolling more than 16,000 students, Monroe Community College (MCC) offers more than 100 academic programs in diverse disciplines that include African American studies, fire protection technology, engineering science, and music performance. MCC offers several online degrees, including nine completely online transfer programs designed to facilitate a student's transition to a four-year institution. These 100% online programs include associate of science degrees in the following fields:

  • Business Administration (60-62 credits)
  • Criminal Justice (61 credits)
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies (60-64 credits)
  • Mathematics (60-61 credits)
  • Psychology (60 credits)
  • SportsManagement (62 credits)

Students can also pursue associate of arts degrees in three liberal arts and sciences concentrations (adolescent, childhood, and early childhood education) without any campus visits. Most students complete an associate degree after four semesters of continuous enrollment. Although online courses at MCC are available asynchronously, they follow the regular academic calendar of the school.

Online students can take advantage of the same services as on-campus enrollees, such as academic and career advisement, counseling, and tutoring assistance. In addition, online students can apply for the same financial aid programs and pay the same tuition as their on-campus counterparts. However, online students do need to pay an extra technical fee. MCC uses the Blackboard learning management system for their online programs.

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Westchester Community College 

Valhalla, NY

About this school

Westchester Community College (WCC) started out in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. It currently enrolls close to 14,000 full- and part-time students and offers more than 60 associate and certificate programs, several of which are available online. The associate in science and associate in arts programs at WCC prepare students for transfer to four-year, degree-granting institutions. On the other hand, certificate and associate in applied science programs typically prepare graduates for immediate entry into the workforce.

A sampling of available online programs follows below.

  • Associate of Arts in Communications and Media Arts (61 credits)
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration (63 credits)
  • Associate of Science in Accounting (63 credits)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems (62 credits)
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences/Humanities (60 credits)

WCC currently maintains articulation agreements with 14 four-year institutions for many of its programs, including computer science, early childhood, environmental science, journalism, and global business. In most instances, students need a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to transfer to a four-year college or university. Some receiving institutions require students transferring to accounting, management, social work, or STEM programs to have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Online enrollees benefit from a variety of student services that include academic planning, career counseling, and free tutoring through NetTutor. Students access their online coursework requirements through the Blackboard learning management system.

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SUNY Broome Community College 

Binghampton, NY

About this school

Chartered in 1946, SUNY Broome's initial graduating class consisted of 215 students. Today, the college enrolls close to 6,000 students and comprises four academic divisions (business, health sciences, liberal arts, and STEM), all of which offer online programs. SUNY Broome offers asynchronous and synchronous courses. Some of SUNY Broome's fully online programs include the following:

  • Associate of Science in Visual Communication Arts (62 credits)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Clinical Laboratory Technology (64 credits)
  • Associate of Science in Human Services (64 credits)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business Information Management (63 credits)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Computer Security and Forensics (64 credits)

Students can also pursue fully online certificate programs in office technologies, early childhood, website development and management, and histological technology. Certificate programs typically require 30-33 credits.

The AAS in business information management prepares students for immediate entry into the workforce and offers four tracks: general emphasis, website development and management, desktop publishing, and office technologies. The AS in human services includes an internship component and prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions. SUNY Broome maintains articulation agreements with several four-year institutions covering the following disciplines: health sciences, liberal arts, STEM, and business and professional studies.

Online students can access academic and technical services, including academic advising, counseling services, and library resources. SUNY Broome uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver its online programs.

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Onondaga Community College 

Syracuse, NY

About this school

When Onondaga Community College (OCC) was established in 1962, it enrolled an initial freshman class of 500 students and offered a total of eight academic programs. Today, OCC hosts nearly 13,000 students and offers more than 50 fields of study, many of which are available in an online format. OCC supports several transfer and career programs in health and community services; natural and applied sciences; and visual, performing, and applied arts. The humanities and social sciences discipline only supports transfer programs.

Students can pursue the following associate degrees completely online:

  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice (60 credits)
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration (62 credits)
  • Associate of Science in Human Services (60-62credits)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood (60-62 credits)

OCC also offers three associate of arts programs in liberal arts and sciences (adolescent education, general studies, and humanities and social science) as well as a certificate in early child care, all of which are 100% online. The college maintains transfer agreements with close to 50 accredited institutions of higher learning within the state and across the country. 

OCC also maintains dual admission programs for specific degrees with six schools that include Keuka College, Le Moyne College, and St. John Fisher College. Students access their online course requirements through the Blackboard learning management system. Online enrollees benefit from a variety of student services that include technical support, academic counseling, and tutoring assistance.

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