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Whether you’re a resident of New York or a non-resident interested in earning your degree from one New York’s online colleges, we’ve got everything you need to get started. We review state trends in higher education funding and tuition, as well as the state’s online education landscape, looking at enrollment figures and info on education consortiums and initiatives to advance distance learning in the state.

Following this section, we’ve ranked New York’s online colleges and universities by affordability. Each school is fully accredited and offers at least one fully-online degree program. Compare program options, tuition rates and distance learning formats by expanding the overviews below. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, scroll to our program search tool, which allows you to browse our entire directory of online colleges.

At the bottom of the page you’ll find a full list of resources offered to college students in New York. We’ve compiled the best scholarships, state boards, educational non-profits and college savings programs. Bear in mind that online students who attend an accredited college or university full-time within New York qualify for the same programs and benefits as their campus-based peers.

Postsecondary Education in New York

Between 2004 and 2014, the average tuition and fees at four-year public universities rose 18%.

The Center on Budget and Policies Priorities reported that from 2008 to 2014 there was an 11.1% decrease in the funding New York state gives to each student.

New York is nationally ranked in terms of graduation and student retention rates, with a 60.6% overall graduation rate in public four year schools, and 84.2% first year retention rate.

CollegeBoard reports that for in-state students, 2014-15 tuition in New York’s public four-year schools came to roughly $7,500, versus a national average of $9,139.

For out-of-state students, New York tuition came to roughly $17,500, versus a national average of $22,958.

Online Education in New York

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 6.1% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in New York (82,583 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 83.9% of those students were undergraduates
  • 19.8% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 60.9% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 4.7% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 47.5% were living in New York
  • 49.8% were living elsewhere in the United States

The State University of New York consists of 64 campuses statewide. There are approximately 400 online and blended programs offered online, totaling roughly 12,000 courses.

Most Affordable Online Colleges in New York

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in New York, sorted by affordability. These rankings identify the fully online programs in a school’s catalogue, explain how the school’s online interface works and spotlight the recognition a school has received for its online initiatives.

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SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

An Online Education at SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

SUNY Delhi hosts online classes in Vancko Hall, with the virtual learning environment driven by Moodle, an extremely accommodating platforms. Online learners are given the flexibility of enrolling part-time or full-time for all online program offerings. For additional scheduling freedom, online courses at SUNY Delhi are held on an asynchronous schedule, so students can sign on and complete coursework 24/7. Online learners discuss course materials using a number of engaging, collaborative tools, such as live chat rooms, discussion boards, streaming video and email.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BS Criminal Justice
  • AOS Electrical Construction and Instrumentation
  • RN to BSN

Students enrolled in the RN to BSN or Nursing Education master's program should note that these two programs require the completion of a practicum before graduation. These practicum experiences are held at healthcare organizations in proximity to students.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MS Nursing Education

Once enrolled, students gain access to specialized support services designed to guide online learners through the distance learning process. Academic advisors provided support for degree plans, course schedules and class registration. Online students can also work with the Delhi Service Center for technical assistance.

Contact Information

2 Main Street
Delhi, NY 13753-1100
(607) 746-4000

Acclaim for online programs

  • #18 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

SUNY College of Technology at Canton

SUNY College of Technology at Canton

An Online Education at SUNY College of Technology at Canton

SUNY Canton provides undergraduate students with two online degree options. Students can either enroll in a fully online degree programs or take a 2+2 degree completion program for those who have already earned a professional license (applicable only to dental hygiene and nursing). The virtual classroom environment is powered through a combination of ANGEL and Blackboard platforms, giving students access to a diverse range of collaboration tools, such as shared academic files, discussion boards and web conferences.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Management
  • Finance
  • Legal Studies
  • Management

The unique SUNY Canton Tutoring Center ensures that online learners have access to face-to-face academic assistance with Skype and webcam options. This remote learning center provides support for a wide range of assignment subjects, including math, science, business, engineering and general studies. Students with disabilities are invited to contact the Office of Accommodative Disability Services to learn about remote learning resources and assistive technologies available for online classes.

Contact Information

34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617-1098
(315) 386-7011

Acclaim for online programs

  • #58 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

SUNY College at Plattsburgh

SUNY College at Plattsburgh

An Online Education at SUNY College at Plattsburgh

This school uses the Moodle learning management system to provide nursing students with access to digital assignments, reading materials and discussion boards.

This degree program is designed for current registered nurses who wish to develop their professional skills and earn a bachelor's degree. Students enrolled in the online RN to BSN program have a maximum of six years to complete the program, however the typical plan of study for part-time and full-time students ranges between 2-3 years.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN to BSN

Nurses must first meet specific requirements to be considered for admission, including current RN licensure in the state of New York, a minimum GPA of 2.5 and completion of a valid state or Canadian province nursing program.

Contact Information

101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681
(518) 564-2000

Utica College

Utica College

An Online Education at Utica College

UC provides online learners with a broad spectrum of degree and certificate options at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional levels of study. Some programs require on-site experiences in regions local to the student. For example, those enrolled in the Economic Crime Investigation or Cybersecurity undergraduate programs are expected to complete an internship at a local agency. RN-to-BSN students are also expected to participate in clinical experiences at local healthcare facilities.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor's in Cybersecurity
  • Bachelor's in Economic Crime Investigation
  • RN to Bachelor's in Nursing (RN-BS Nursing)

Prospective graduate students should note that entrance exams, such as the GMAT or GRE, are not required for applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master's in Cybersecurity
  • Executive Master's in Economic Crime Management
  • MBA in Fraud Management
  • MS in Health Care Administration
  • Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Coursework is delivered online through the Engage learning management system. Online learners are expected to commit at least 12-15 hours a week for each course. Prospective students are encouraged to contact a UC program manager at (315) 732-2640 with questions regarding the online certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contact Information

1600 Burrstone Rd
Utica, NY 13502-4892
(315) 792-3111

The King’s College

The King’s College
New York

An Online Education at The King’s College

While this Christian college only offers a single undergraduate program online, students have five different innovative digital learning formats to choose from. The bachelor's degree in business administration can be earned 100% online or through a myriad of blended formats. The 2+2 track allows students to attend online classes for the first two years of instruction, and then complete the final two years on-campus in New York. The First Year option enables students to complete the first year of study online and the final three years on campus. High school seniors can get an early start on their college education by enrolling the in the Dual Enrollment program, which provides four discounted online classes that run concurrent with the students' high school coursework. Finally, non-degree seeking students may take up to four individual courses.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration

All students who attend The King's College are expected to complete twenty Common Core classes that provide students with an introduction to Christian and traditional disciplines. The Common Core course topics include politics, economics, Western civilization and scientific reasoning. The Business Administration program is designed for applicants who have already gained some experience in entrepreneurship and small business management.

Contact Information

56 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
(212) 659-7200

Excelsior College

Excelsior College

An Online Education at Excelsior College

Prospective students will discover an abundance of 30 fully online degree options at the associate, bachelor's, master's and certificate levels of study at Excelsior College. Students also have the option of pursuing dual degrees or non-credit classes delivered completely online. New students can cut down on academic expenses and reduce their total course load by passing UExcel proficiency exams to earn college credits for select subjects.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • General Business
  • Management Information Systems
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Global Business
  • Management Human Resources

Prospective master's degree students do not need to complete graduate exams, such as the GRE or GMAT to be considered for enrollment. Graduate students enrolled in the Nursing program will need to provide a copy of a valid U.S. nursing license.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN to Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master's in Criminal Justice
  • Master's in Cyber Security

EC uses the popular Blackboard system to provide students with access to online course materials, which are conducted via chat, email, discussion boards or web conferences. Enrolled students are expected to contribute at least once a week to online discussions for each class. Future online learners can test-drive Blackboard with a demo course.

Contact Information

7 Columbia Cir
Albany, NY 12203-5159
(518) 464-8500

Medaille College

Medaille College

An Online Education at Medaille College

Students and faculty who participate in online courses at Medaille College operate on a distinctive weekly schedule that starts on Wednesday and ends on Tuesday. Online courses are delivered through the prevalent Blackboard digital system. Courses are asynchronous, giving students with the freedom to sign on at any time, so long as weekly discussion and assignment deadlines are met. The comprehensive virtual classroom environment provides students with access to class blogs, live chat sessions, email, lecture video and discussion boards.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Associate in Science in General Studies
  • Associate in Science in Business
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Information Management
  • Bachelor of Science in General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security

Applicants do not need to submit graduate exam scores, such as the GRE or the GMAT, to be considered for the online master's degree programs at Medaille. Online graduate students may also be eligible for in-house scholarship funding based off information provided on one's main admissions application; no additional forms are necessarily to be considered for Medaille online scholarships.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Business Administration

The Credit for Life and Work Experience assessment is a unique advising option that helps new students obtain college credits for previous work experiences and skills. Advisors guide online students through the application process. Credits granted based on experience can help students save money and reduce their course burden.

Contact Information

18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214-2695
(716) 880-2000

SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College
Saratoga Springs

An Online Education at SUNY Empire State College

SUNY ESC in conjunction with Open SUNY+ offers two bachelor's programs that can be completed entirely online. Both are offered asynchronously, providing students with 24/7 access to course materials and participation opportunities. These courses are delivered through Moodle, an online learning system that can be accessed from both Mac and PC. Open SUNY+ students gain access to an impressive selection of remote students services, such as a personal concierge point of contact, tutoring and possible internship experiences with employment partners in New York State.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business, Management and Economics: Human Resources Management
  • Human Development

Since the Open SUNY system provides a centralized hub for over 64 campus locations and 12,000 online classes, students can use the Open SUNY Navigator to peruse all of the individual courses and other campus degree options delivered digitally by this state network.

Contact Information

One Union Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4391
(518) 587-2100

Nyack College

Nyack College

An Online Education at Nyack College

This private, Christian college provides students with online and blended degree options at the bachelor and master levels. These programs are designed to be completed within just 12 - 20 months. The undergraduate programs are offered through a cohort model, which means that students will progress through the curricula with the same group of classmates, making it easier for students to network and form camaraderie online.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Organizational Management (BS/BPS)

Prospective graduate students applying to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program must be prepared to submit GMAT scores along with the admissions application. All graduate students enrolled the online or blended degree program are expected to complete either a thesis or a capstone project prior to graduation. There are no graduate degree programs offered fully online at Nyack College - the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) and the MBA are offered in a blended format with courses held on campus and online.

Contact Information

1 South Blvd
Nyack, NY 10960-3698
(845) 675-4400

Saint John Fisher College

Saint John Fisher College

An Online Education at Saint John Fisher College

This private college offers current nurses the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing 100% online. Unlike other RN to BSN programs listed here, the SJFC program does not include site-based clinical experiences. This undergraduate program is designed to be completed within just 12 to 18 months of study. Each online course runs for a duration of seven weeks. Like the majority of RN-to-BSN degree programs, applicants must have already completed a diploma or associate program in nursing and hold a valid U.S. nursing license before starting this undergraduate program.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN to BSN

Nursing students use the Blackboard learning management system to access course materials, discussion boards and assignments. This is a particularly interactive degree program, which includes real-time, synchronous web conferences with classmates, instructors and guest speakers. This means students will be expected to sign on at pre-arranged times to attend these events. AV equipment such as webcams and microphones are a necessity for these web conferences.

Contact Information

3690 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14618-3597
(585) 385-8000

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

An Online Education at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Future aviation professionals can earn an online undergraduate education through Vaughn's innovative programs. All programs are designed for current aviation professionals, with some undergraduate programs requiring applicants to either have an Airframe or Powerplant certificate. Online students will get to immerse themselves in the collaborative classroom experience by using video conferencing and streaming tools. Lectures are delivered through streaming video or through DVDs. Each course runs for 16 weeks.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Aviation maintenance AAS, BS
  • Aviation maintenance management BS
  • Airport management AAS, BS

Vaughn relies on the Sakai 10 platform to provide a collaborative virtual classroom environment and the BigBlueButton video viewer to deliver multimedia content. In line with the video-centric learning style, prospective students can preview both Sakai and BigBlueButton through introductory videos. All courses are run in an asynchronous schedule. Vaughn's online tuition structure is particularly noteworthy, since distance learners pay the same tuition costs as campus-based students.

Contact Information

86-01 23rd Avenue
Flushing, NY 11369
(718) 429-6600

Trocaire College

Trocaire College

An Online Education at Trocaire College

Trocaire College does not offer a degree program that can be completed fully online. Rather, TC provides a blended bachelor's in nursing program that includes both online and campus-based courses. Additionally, non degree-seeking students can complete this program within just 16 months, over the span of four semesters. To be eligible for admissions, applicants must currently hold an associate degree in nursing and a valid RN license.

Prior to graduation, nurses will be expected to complete a clinical experience either at their place of employment or at an approved local health care institution. Nurses who decided to attend their current workplace for the clinical program must select experiences and departments that are separate from their typical tasks.

Trocaire leverages the Moodle learning platform to provide nursing students with a virtual classroom environment that includes academic multimedia, classroom calendars and interactive discussion boards. The student-to-faculty ratio for online courses is capped at 20 to 1, so students can get personalized attention from their instructors.

Contact Information

360 Choate Ave
Buffalo, NY 14220-2094
(716) 826-1200

Mercy College

Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry

An Online Education at Mercy College

Mercy College's digital course and degree offerings are plentiful, with over 200 individual courses and 30 bachelor's, master's and certificate programs available completely online. Additionally, non-degree seeking students can take individual courses online. Applicants may choose from a diverse range of learning formats, with courses offered exclusively online, a blended format or web-enhanced courses that run concurrently with on-campus instruction.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Organizational Management (EDGE Program)
  • Nursing (RN to BS)
  • Corporate and Homeland Security Management
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Cybersecurity

The master's degree offerings also cover a diverse range of subjects, with a strong focus on education specialties. Some programs do require applicants to submit graduate testing scores to be considered for admissions.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Middle Childhood Education, Grades 5-9
  • Cybersecurity (MS, BS/MS)
  • Nursing Administration
  • Childhood Education, Grades 1-6
  • Organizational Leadership (MSOL)
  • Teaching Literacy, Birth - Grade 12
  • Health Services Management (MPA)

Students attending online courses at Mercy College use the Blackboard system to access course materials, calendars, assignments, discussion boards and quizzes. When it comes to distance learning support, students have two resources: the Mercy Online office that can be reached at 914-674-7521 or the Blackboard On Demand Learning Center, which includes a library of instructional video guides.

Contact Information

555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(800) 637-2969

Acclaim for online programs

  • #207 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #138 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Dowling College

Dowling College

An Online Education at Dowling College

The degree offerings at this private college include a handful of graduate degree programs that can be completed fully online. The Blackboard system, which powers Dowling's virtual classroom experience, is a recognizable, established platform at many institutions. Through Blackboard, students are able to access shared academic resources, post to community message boards and access online exams.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Literary Education
  • Master of Science in Educational Technology Leadership

Dowling supports its online students with several personalized services from the very beginning of the admissions journey all the way through graduation. First, an admissions advisor reviews prospective students' applications. After admission, a program manager guides students through class registration and conducts regular check-ins throughout the program. Faculty members are available online for individualized support. Lastly, students can get tech assistance from the Student Support Services office by calling 631-244-3335.

Contact Information

150 Idle Hour Blvd
Oakdale, NY 11769-1999
(631) 244-3000

Saint Joseph’s College-New York

Saint Joseph’s College-New York

An Online Education at Saint Joseph’s College-New York

Saint Joseph's College provides a light selection of professional certificates, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree that can be earned completely online. The online certificate programs are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of study. This small liberal arts college relies on a handful of online learning utilities. Course materials, class discussions and exams are delivered through the popular Blackboard education platform, while documents and communications are shared through Google Apps. SJC also uses the WebAdvisor platform to give students access to their tuition bill, class registration systems and grades. Some SJC online programs also use the TurnItIn system to verify assignment originality.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Organizational Management

Graduate students applying to the online Executive MBA program are eligible to earn funding through the Thomas A. Doherty Scholarship or the Graduate Management Studies Leadership Scholarship.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Executive MBA

Contact Information

245 Clinton Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205-3688
(718) 940-5300

D’Youville College

D’Youville College

An Online Education at D’Youville College

This private Catholic college is the home to a single online undergraduate degree program: the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (BSN). While the courses are delivered exclusively online, students are expected to complete a clinical experience at a local healthcare facility before graduation. The clinical requirement occurs during the second year of study, and it can be fulfilled at a partner institution or at a student's place of employment. When it comes to tuition savings, D'Youville offers an extreme advantage to RNs: a 50% tuition waiver that can be applied to the online RN-to-BSN program.

The entire online BSN program can be completed within two years, or five semesters total including a summer session. The summer session provides nurses with the unique opportunity to explore electives, foreign languages, humanities or fine arts subjects. To meet the admissions requirements, applicants must hold a valid RN license in New York State, a two-year degree in nursing and an undergraduate GPA of 2.5.

The online BSN program uses a cohort system, which means students will continue to study with the same group of 10 peers throughout the program. The cohort groups sign onto the Moodle course management system to access class materials, manage assignments and contribute to discussions.

Contact Information

320 Porter Ave
Buffalo, NY 14201-1084
(716) 829-8000

Dominican College of Blauvelt

Dominican College of Blauvelt

An Online Education at Dominican College of Blauvelt

Prospective students exploring the independent Dominican College can choose from bachelor and doctoral degree programs delivered completely online, or, for non-degree seeking students, individual courses. This institution is particularly noteworthy for students who receive tuition assistance from their employers, since payments can be deferred until the end of the term.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Online students use the Blackboard learning management system to access digital coursework, turn in assignments, take quizzes and discuss course materials on message boards. DC has created a virtual tour for prospective distance learners, allowing students to become further acquainted with remote student services, which include career counseling, health services and tutoring. Online students who live in the vicinity of the Rockland County location are also eligible to use campus-based services, including the indoor gym, track and fitness center.

Contact Information

470 Western Highway
Orangeburg, NY 10962-1210
(845) 359-7800

The New School

The New School
New York

An Online Education at The New School

This private college offers a wide range of online, creative arts degree programs at the associate, bachelor's and master's levels. Canvas is the learning platform of choice at The New School, allowing students to access course announcements, lecture notes, assignments and discussions on a 24/7, asynchronous schedule. One of the most unique things about the Canvas platform is the support for iOS and Android mobile environments through its official apps. This allows students to easily access course materials on the go from smartphone and tablets.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • AAS in Fashion Marketing at Parsons
  • AAS in Graphic Design at Parsons
  • BA/BS in Liberal Arts at The New School for Public Engagement

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MS in Strategic Design and Management at Parsons
  • MS in Media Management at NSPE
  • MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) at NSPE
  • MA in Media Studies at NSPE

While it is a private institution, The New School was chartered by the New York State Education Department's Board of Regents. Students are encouraged to check the State Authorizations page to ensure that New School has obtained distance-learning approval in one's state of residence.

Contact Information

66 W 12th Street
New York, NY 10011-8603
(212) 229-5600

Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College

An Online Education at Roberts Wesleyan College

This Christian College, originally founded by the Free Methodists, provides a small selection of fully online programs at the certificate, bachelor's and master's degree levels. Some online programs are delivered in an accelerated schedule, when compared to their campus-based counterparts. Students attending RWC sign into virtual classrooms powered by Moodle, a platform that gives students access to course assignments, reading materials and discussion boards. All courses can be access on an asynchronous schedule, which means students can participate in class 24/7, rather than having to sign on at specific times.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Organizational Management B.S.
  • Health Administration B.S
  • RN to BS

The online graduate programs at RWC can be completed within the span of 16-20 months. Graduate applicants are not required to submit pre-admission test scores for exams such as the GRE or GMAT.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Special Education M.Ed.
  • Nursing Education M.S.
  • Nursing Leadership and Administration M.S.
  • Healthcare Informatics Administration M.S.
  • Strategic Leadership M.S.

When it comes to education costs, RWC includes the price of books and an iPad within the tuition for select online degree programs. These special programs can be identified on the school's directory of online certificate and degree programs.

Contact Information

2301 Westside Dr
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 594-6000

Acclaim for online programs

  • #184 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

New York University

New York University
New York

An Online Education at New York University

NYU provides humanities and management professionals with several competitive online degree and certificate programs at the bachelor's and master's levels. Most of these opportunities are delivered through blended and fully online formats, giving students the flexibility to control their levels of digital and face-to-face classroom engagement. Students will need to have a webcam and microphone so they can participate in online classroom conferences using the BigBlueButton platform. Learning materials and more collaborative tools are distributed through the Sakai course management system.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.A. in Social Sciences
  • B.S. in Leadership and Management Studies

Graduate applicants should note that exam scores for the GRE or GMAT are not required, but they should be prepared to send in other supplementary materials, such as a personal state, resume, recommendation letters and transcripts.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • M.S. in Management and Systems
  • M.S. in Human Resource Management and Development
  • M.S. in Translation
  • M.S. in Professional Writing

Since students will be joining live web conferences, applicants should be prepared for some scheduled, synchronous online classroom sessions. NYU provides online learners with access to a 24/7 IT Service Desk, which can be reached by calling 1-212-998-3333.

Contact Information

70 Washington Sq South
New York, NY 10012-1091
(212) 998-1212

Acclaim for online programs

  • #8 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs

St John’s University – New York

St John’s University – New York

An Online Education at St John’s University – New York

The College of Professional Studies at SJU oversees a wide range of associate, bachelor's and master's programs that can be earned 100% online. Professionals can also explore several advanced certificate programs online. The virtual classroom environment at SJU is run by Blackboard, a popular academic platform that facilitates student participation through discussion boards, chat sessions and webmail. All courses follow an asynchronous format without scheduled online meetings, so that students have the freedom to sign on 24/7.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business Administration AS
  • Criminal Justice AS
  • Liberal Arts AA
  • Criminal Justice BS
  • Administrative Studies BS
  • Liberal Studies BA

There are several online graduate degrees offered by SJU's School of Education for aspiring educators and school administrators. Some of these programs require a valid New York State teaching certification, while others provide tracks for applicants without teaching certifications.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Library Science-Law Librarianship MS
  • Taxation MS
  • Teaching Children with Disabilities in Childhood Education MSEd
  • School Building Leadership MSEd
  • Library and Information Science MS
  • Global Development and Social Justice MA

Before applying to the following online programs, prospective students are encouraged to email to determine whether this college's online courses are authorized in one's home state.

Contact Information

8000 Utopia Pky
Queens, NY 11439
(718) 990-6161

Acclaim for online programs

  • #34 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #36 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #47 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Marist College

Marist College

An Online Education at Marist College

Marist College distinguishes itself from the other colleges listed here through its use of the iLearn collaborative environment, an online platform comprised of a digital library, online discussion forums, real-time text chat, class wikis and a private messaging system. The majority of distance programs are delivered asynchronously, so that students have the freedom to log on at any time during the day or night. However, professors may occasionally schedule real-time chat sessions, which will be scheduled and discussed at the beginning of each semester. Marist recommends that students dedicate 8-12 hours per week to homework for each course.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA/BS Liberal Studies

Most of the graduate programs at Marist require applicants to submit GRE or GMAT scores, along with a personal essay and letters of recommendation. Some departments have minimum graduate score requirements, so prospective online learners should take note of these while applying.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Educational Psychology-Hybrid
  • Master of Science in Information Systems
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication

Marist College invests in new student preparation by hosting a mandatory iLearn Orientation. This session covers information vital to the distance learning and course collaboration experience at Marist.

Contact Information

3399 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 575-3000

Acclaim for online programs

  • #47 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #52 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #31 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology

An Online Education at Rochester Institute of Technology

RIT is no stranger to distance education ― they have been offering remote learning options for over 30 years. Prospective students have the option to enroll undergraduate or graduate degree programs held completely online. This institution takes digital course delivery seriously, guiding new students with a wealth of student services, such as class enrollment assistance, tutoring, a writing lab and career advising. RIT uses the myCourses system to give students access to discussion boards, reading materials, and multimedia.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Applied Arts and Science BS

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Executive MBA
  • Health Systems Administration MS
  • Manufacturing Leadership MS
  • Applied Statistics MS
  • Product Development MS
  • Environmental, Health and Safety Management MS
  • Facility Management MS

RIT recommends that all future students take the SmartMeasure online learning assessment before applying to a distance-learning program. This brief, 15 minute exam can help applicants discover whether they are prepared for online coursework.

Finally, students who are not seeking a degree can enroll in many RIT certificate programs or individual courses provided entirely online.

Contact Information

1 Lomb Memorial Dr
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
(585) 475-2411

Acclaim for online programs

  • #184 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #25 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #20 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • #43 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs

Pace University – New York

Pace University – New York
New York

An Online Education at Pace University – New York

Pace's comprehensive online programs encompass a wide range of choice. Prospective students can explore a varied selection of individual courses, bachelor's degrees and master's degrees that can be completed either fully online or in a blended learning format. Like many colleges described here, Pace uses the established Blackboard digital learning platform to give students access to instructional materials, classroom discussion forums and collaborative wiki pages.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Associate degree in Arts and Sciences
  • B.S. in Professional Communication Studies
  • B.S. in Disabilities and Community Living
  • B.S. in Professional Technology Studies w/concentration in Computer Forensics
  • B.S. in Nursing Completion Program for RNs
  • B.B.A. in Business Studies w/concentrations in Marketing Management and Accounting/Internal Auditing

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MS in Finance for Professionals
  • MS in Internet Technology
  • MA in Nursing Education
  • MS in Physician Assistant Studies Completion Program
  • MS in Publishing
  • Executive Doctoral Program in Business
  • Doctor of Professional Studies in Computing

Generally, this university does not offer financial aid to students visiting Pace through the Adult and Continuing Education programs. However, students ages 24 and up have the opportunity to earn college credits for previous professional or volunteer work completed through the Experiential Learning Credits program. This innovative option can help adult learners cut down on the overall time and financial costs associated with completing their degree programs.

Contact Information

1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038-1598
(212) 346-1200

Acclaim for online programs

  • #10 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #9 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • #2 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs

Scholarships and Financial Aid in New York

Albert Shanker College Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

Open to New York City high school seniors who will graduate from a public vocational, academic, alternative, or evening program. Recipients are selected based on GPA and class standing; Financial need is also considered. This program is funded by the United Federation of Teachers.

Distinguished Honors Scholarship

Deadline: December 1, 2015
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

Open to freshmen entering SUNY University at Buffalo with a high school average of 90+ and an SAT score of 1230+ (ACT 27+). Applicant must be an Honors student in the creative or performing arts. An audition or portfolio review is required.

Fellowship on Women and Public Policy

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $10,000 See Scholarship

Provided by Albany University, this fellowship is intended to encourage graduate and post-graduate women to pursue public policy careers. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0+ and 3+ years of work or internship experience. Selection is based on academic and professional achievement. Fellows receive a tuition waiver and a $10,000 stipend.

Graduate Internship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $4,900 See Scholarship

The New York State Assembly offers internships to undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in government and legislative process. All majors are welcome. Eligibility, hours, and compensation vary for undergraduate and graduate students. See the internship website for full details.

Legislative Fellowship

Deadline: April 28, 2015
Scholarship Amount $33,000 See Scholarship

The New York Senate offers Legislative Fellowships to graduate students interested in a career in government or public policy. The fellowship is open to currently enrolled graduate students of any major. The stipend totals $33,000, distributed bi-weekly throughout the term of the fellowship.

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

Deadline: April 30, 2015
Scholarship Amount $20,000 See Scholarship

This program rewards innovation and creativity among New York high school juniors, seniors, and undergraduate students. Scholarships of $20,000 are given to 3 to 6 applicants who demonstrate exceptional innovation and problem-solving skills. Funding provided by the Renee B. Fisher Foundation.

New York Excellence Scholarship

Deadline: June 30, 2015
Scholarship Amount $1,500 See Scholarship

Funded by NY State Higher Education Services, this scholarship is open to graduating seniors at New York State high schools. Each year, as many as 2,000 students receive Academic Excellence awards of $1,500. Recipients are selected based on academic performance in Regents exams. The awards are renewable for up to 5 years.

Presidential Honors Award

Deadline: December 1, 2015
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

Available to freshmen entering SUNY University at Buffalo, the Presidential Scholarship covers full tuition, housing, and books for 4 years. The top candidates will be invited to an on-campus interview. Recipient is selected based on academic merit, and will be accepted to the Honors College.

President’s International Scholar Award

Deadline: open
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

For international students entering Fredonia University as freshmen or transfers. To be eligible, applicants must have a high school average of 90+, a college GPA of 3.5+, or an ACT score of 24+ (SAT 1100). The award amount is $5,000 per year.

President’s Out of State Scholar Award

Deadline: open
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

For out-of-state freshmen entering Fredonia University. Recipients are selected based on academic merit as demonstrated in their application to the university (this includes SAT scores and high school GPA). The award is $5,000 per year for 4 years.

Higher Education Resources in New York