Residents of New York who are interested in furthering their education and/or advancing in their careers by earning a master’s degree online have a broad and varied range of options. There are many public and non-profit private colleges and universities in the state of New York that offer online master’s programs in fields like business administration, social work, education, public health, public administration, counseling, computer science, and more. There are also schools in other states that offer online master’s programs that do not require students to travel to a campus in order to attend classes. Many of these out-of-state schools accept applicants from New York. This page provides an overview of colleges and universities in New York that offer online master’s programs in many of the more common fields for graduate studies in the state, as well as a selection of out-of-state schools that offer online master’s programs in these fields.
The State University of New York (SUNY) system is the largest publically funded state system for higher education in the US. It encompasses four large universities and more than a dozen other colleges and universities located throughout the state. Many of the schools in the SUNY system offer online degree programs, most of which are included in a searchable online database at Open SUNY, which also includes other resources for those seeking to earn an online degree from any of SUNY’s 64 constituent schools.
New York City has an independent system of publicly funded colleges that are administered as part of the City University of New York (CUNY). The CUNY system features 24 campuses located throughout the city’s five boroughs, including 11 Senior Colleges, seven Community Colleges, and six Graduate, Honors, and Professional Schools. In addition, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) offers online courses and degree programs, including a number of online master’s programs in fields like nursing, data science, business management, and psychology. Details about CUNY’s online programs can be accessed on the CUNY SPS website.
The 15 largest publically funded colleges and universities in New York are listed in the table below, along with the location of each school’s main campus and whether or not the school offers online degree programs. This information is based on independent research conducted by OnlineEducation.com and by an analysis of enrollment data collected by the Department of Education for its Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
Online Degree Programs
|SUNY at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo)||Buffalo||Yes|
|SUNY at Stony Brook (SUNY Stony Brook)||Stony Brook||Yes|
|Hunter College||New York City||No|
|Queens College||New York City||No|
|Bernard M Baruch College (Baruch College)||New York City||No|
|Brooklyn College||New York City||No|
|SUNY at Albany (SUNY Albany)||Albany||Yes|
|SUNY at Binghamton (SUNY Binghamton)||Binghamton||No|
|New York City College of Technology (City Tech)||New York City||No|
|The City College of New York (CCNY)||New York City||No|
|John Jay College of Criminal Justice (John Jay)||New York City||Yes|
|College of Staten Island (CSI)||New York City||No|
|Lehman College||New York City||No|
|Empire State College||New York City||Yes|
|State University College at Buffalo (Buffalo State)||Buffalo||Yes|
New York is also home to many private colleges and universities that offer online master’s degree programs, including New York University, Columbia University, and Cornell University. The ten largest accredited, non-profit private degree-granting institutions in New York are listed in the table below. The table, which is based on an analysis of IPEDS enrollment data, provides the location of each school’s main campus and whether or not the school offers online degree programs.
Online Degree Programs
|New York University (NYU)||New York City||Yes|
|Columbia University in the City of New York||New York City||Yes|
|St. John's University||New York City||Yes|
|Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)||Henrietta||Yes|
|Fordham University||New York City||Yes|
|Touro College||New York City||Yes|
|Pace University-New York||New York City||Yes|
New York residents may also want to explore the many options for earning a master’s degree online from out-of-state colleges and universities that accept applicants from New York. It is important to note that some online programs may not be authorized to admit applicants from New York, and there may be restrictions on out-of-state enrollment for online master’s programs that require practice-based internships, as well as for programs in fields that require state licensure. However, a large number of out-of-state schools extend admissions eligibility to New York residents for many of their online master’s degree programs.
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), one of the larger private universities in the Northeast, offers a broad range of online programs. Located in Manchester and Hooksett, NH, SNHU offers over 200 online degree programs, including online master’s programs in accounting, business, criminal justice, finance, healthcare, information technology, nursing, counseling, and social sciences.
Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), a public/private partnership school in Pennsylvania, is another large university that is active in offering online degree programs. Through Penn State World Campus, the school offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs, including online master’s programs in fields such as accounting, business administration, education, data analytics, finance, healthcare, homeland security, information science, engineering, nursing, and public administration.
Located in New Jersey, with its main campus in South Orange, Seton Hall University is a private Roman Catholic university with Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Communication & the Arts, and Education & Human Services, and Schools of Business, Law, Health & Medical Sciences, and Diplomacy & International Relations. Seton Hall’s online degree programs include master’s in business administration, public administration, and nursing programs.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a public research university in Newark, NJ, with Colleges of Engineering, Science & Liberal Arts, Architecture & Design, and Computing Science, as well as the Martin Tuchman School of Management. NJIT’s online offerings include master’s programs in business administration, engineering, computer science, and communication. And Sacred Heart University offers several types of online graduate program in nursing and psychology. Sacred Heart is located in the city of Fairfield, CT.
The list below is derived from IPEDS annual data on the number of graduates in New York from master’s degree programs by subject area. It ranks the 15 areas of study in which master’s degrees are most commonly conferred by schools in New York. While the IPEDS classification system does not align precisely with specific master’s programs, the data provides an overview of the types of master’s degree programs with the most graduates.
There are online programs that provide training in many of these subject areas. The sections below provide details on New York colleges and universities that offer online master’s programs in some of fields listed above as well as information on regional schools that offer online master’s programs in these fields.
There are numerous schools in New York State that offer online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programs. Three universities in the SUNY system have online MBA programs: SUNY Empire State, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Polytechnic. SUNY Empire State offers an online MBA programs with specializations in Healthcare Leadership and Business Management. The Healthcare Leadership specialization requires students to attend three executive retreats in New York City and is designed to be completed in seven consecutive semesters. Two of the executive retreats are held in the Fall term of the first year of study, and the third retreat takes place during the program’s final term. The Business Management specialization is 100% online and does not require campus visits. It can be completed in 20 to 27 months, depending on the number of courses taken per semester.
SUNY Oswego’s online MBA program provides students with foundational training in business administration and the ability to customize their program through elective coursework in areas like employment law and personnel management, enterprise risk management and commercial insurance, and cyber law and technology innovation management. SUNY Polytechnic’s online program is an MBA in Technology Management that features five concentrations: Accounting and Finance; Health Informatics; Human Resource Management; Marketing Management; and Business Management.
There are several private schools in New York that offer various types of online MBA programs. Excelsior College offers an online program with specializations in Accounting, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, and Leadership. Syracuse University’s MBA@Syracuse program is 100% online and can be completed in 24 months. The MBA@Syracuse program features six specializations: Accounting; Business Analytics; Entrepreneurship; Finance; Marketing Management; and Supply Chain Management. St. John’s University has an online MBA program with designated concentrations in Taxation and Risk Management & Insurance, as well as an Interdisciplinary Business concentration that allows students to take advanced courses in a variety of business specializations. And the Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has an online Executive MBA (EMBA) program that is designed for students who have a minimum of six years of professional business experience.
Seton Hall University and the University of Delaware are two regional out-of-state schools offering online MBA programs that New York residents may want to explore. Located in South Orange, NJ, Seton Hall is a private Roman Catholic university that offers an online MBA through its Stillman School of Business. Students in the Seton Hall program can choose from three specializations: Accounting; Finance; and Marketing. The Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware has an online MBA program that can be completed in as few as 16 months by students who enroll full-time. Its specializations include: Business Analytics; Finance; Healthcare; Strategic Leadership; and International Business.
Social work is another common area of master’s level training in the state of New York and there are several schools in the state that offer online Master of Social Work (MSW) programs. SUNY Buffalo has an online MSW program that is designed for part-time enrollment and that takes three years to complete. The program has an Advanced Standing track that is open to students who hold a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) and that takes five consecutive semesters (roughly a year-and-a-half) to complete.
Columbia University’s School of Social Work offers an online MSW program with specializations in Advanced Clinical Practice and Social Enterprise Administration. The clinical program allows students to choose from two fields of practice: Family, Youth, & Children’s Services; and Health, Mental Health, & Disabilities. Columbia has a two-year completion track for students who do not hold a BSW, and a one-year Advanced Standing track for graduates from BSW programs.
Fordham University has an online MSW program that gives students the option of four focus areas: Individuals & Families; Organizations & Community; Evaluation; and Policy Practice & Advocacy. The Fordham program has flexible enrollment options, allowing full-time students to graduate in an average of 24 months, while part-time students typically take 32 months to graduate. Fordham’s program has an Advanced Standing track that is open to graduates from BSW programs.
Rutgers University, a multi-campus state-funded university in New Jersey, is one the regional schools that offers an online MSW program. The Rutgers program has a clinical social work focus and offers students the option of earning a Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) certificate without extending the time it takes to complete the program, which varies depending on the number of courses taken per semester. Widener University in Chester, PA, also has an online MSW program that New York residents may want to explore. The program has a clinical social work focus and qualifying students may be able to earn a trauma certificate as part of the program. Both the Rutgers and the Widener programs have Advanced Standing tracks for students who hold a BSW degree.
Note: Online MSW programs typically require students to complete field education hours in person at sites approved by the program. This may be an important consideration for New York residents who are considering online programs offered by a schools in other states. For those intending to apply for clinical social work licensure after completing an online MSW program, it is important to research the licensing requirements in New York prior to applying in order to ensure that an out-of-state program will meet those requirements.
SUNY Polytechnic is one of the public universities in New York that offers an online master’s in accounting program. The SUNY Polytechnic program is an online Master of Science (MS) in Accounting program designed primarily for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting or the equivalent, which typically consists of eight or more undergraduate courses in business and accounting. The program offers a curriculum that meets New York state eligibility requirements for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure.
Syracuse University offers an online MS in Professional Accounting that accommodates students who hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting and students who majored in a field other than accounting. Full-time students who hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting can complete the Syracuse program in as few as 12 months. Part-time students and students who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting typically take two or more years to complete the program. Graduates from the Syracuse’s MS in Professional Accounting should meet the New York’s academic training requirements to sit for the CPA licensing exam.
St. John’s University offers a one-year MS in Accounting program that is designed to prepare students who hold a bachelor’s degree in business or accounting for CPA licensure eligibility. St. John’s also offers an a one-year online MS in Taxation program that does not require applicants to hold an undergraduate degree in business and that is not designed to prepare students for CPA licensure. For those who have a minimum of three years of experience working in accountancy, auditing, and/or financial investigations, Utica College offers an Executive MS in Financial Crime and Compliance Management that typically takes two years of part-time enrollment to complete.
For New York residents who are interested in exploring options for earning an online master’s in accounting degree from an out-of-state school, The University of Scranton and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) are two regional institutions that offer online accounting master’s programs. Scranton’s online Master of Accountancy (MAcc) has a core curriculum that is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting. However, Scranton offers an online Accounting Bridge curriculum for students who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting, consisting of five introductory and intermediate online courses. SNHU offers an online MS in Accounting that has four concentrations: Auditing; Forensic Accounting; Management Accounting; and Taxation.
Note: While many online master’s in accounting program offered by out-of-state schools can help prepare students for licensure as a CPA, eligibility to sit for the CPA exam is determined at the state level and the requirements vary by state. Residents of New York who are exploring online master’s in accounting programs offered by schools in other states should examine New York’s CPA licensure requirements carefully to determine whether or not an out-of-state program meets those requirements.
CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice offers three types of online Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs: an MPA in Inspection & Oversight; an MPA in Inspection & Oversight with a specialization in Health Care; and an MPA in Public Policy & Administration. The programs are similar in structure in that all courses are offered online in a flexible format that allows students to complete their degree in two to three years, depending on the number of credits earned per semester. Students who opt for the online MPA in Public Policy & Administration program can choose from several designated specializations, including Criminal Justice Policy & Administration, Emergency Management, and Human Resources Management.
Excelsior College and Pace University are two additional schools in New York that offer online master’s programs in public administration. Excelsior offers an online MPA program that allows students to take elective coursework in topics such as conflict management, mediation, arbitration, and nonprofit management. Pace University, which has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, offers an online MPA with tracks in government, non-profit, and healthcare management. The Pace program typically takes two years for full-time students to complete and four-years for students who enroll part-time.
Seton Hall University and Johns Hopkins University are two out-of-state schools in the Northeast that currently offer online master’s programs in public administration. Seton Hall offers an online MPA in Non-Profit Management that students can complete in roughly three years of part-time enrollment. Johns Hopkins offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Public Management program that is largely equivalent to an MPA program. The Johns Hopkins online program is offered part-time and can be completed in two years, although students can take up to five years to finish the program.
A number of schools in the SUNY system offer online master’s programs for teachers who are interested in furthering their careers by gaining advanced training in an educational specialization. SUNY Brockport offers an online Master of Education (MEd) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program that accepts students who hold a New York state teaching credential. SUNY Brockport also has online MS programs in Physical Education/Teacher Education, Biology Education, and School Health Education.
Through SUNY Albany’s School of Education, teachers can earn an MS degree online in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology, Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education, and Reading. SUNY Buffalo offers online MEd programs in Education and Technology, English Education Studies, Literacy Education Studies, Math Education Studies, and Music Education Studies. SUNY Oneonta offers an online MEd program in Educational Technology (K-12) and an online MS in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education. And the School of Professional Development at SUNY Stony Brook offers an online MA in Higher Education Administration.
New York University (NYU), Fordham University, and St. John’s University are among the private schools in New York that offer online master’s in education programs. NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development offers an online MA in Teaching that includes a full-time residency in preparation for secondary school teaching licensure in New York. Fordham offers an online MS in Teaching that is designed to prepare students for licensure in New York. The Fordham program includes 600 hours of field training and tracks for Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Childhood Special Education (grades 1-6). And St. John’s offers an online MS in Education program with a specialization in School Building Leadership for educators with at least one year of professional experience.
There are also many out-of-state schools in the New York region that offer online master’s in education programs. St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, offers an online MS in Education Leadership program that is designed for experienced classroom teachers. Rutgers University has online MEd programs in Adult and Continuing Education; Language Education; and Learning, Cognition, & Development. And Penn State World Campus offers a number of online master’s in education programs, including online MEd programs in Curriculum & Instruction; Educational Leadership; Earth Sciences; Higher Education; and Learning, Design, & Technology.
Note: Online master’s in education and teaching programs may require applicants to hold a state-issued teaching credential. As a result, some out-of-state programs may not accept applicants from New York. Residents of New York who do not hold a state teaching credential should examine program admissions requirements carefully prior to submitting an application to an out-of-state program. New York residents who are aiming to qualify for certification in New York through earning a master’s degree should examine state requirements carefully in order to ensure that a program offered by an out-of-state school meets those requirements.
Columbia University is one of the schools in New York that offers an online master’s in computer science program. The Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science has several MS in Computer Science (MSCS) program specializations available online, including: Natural Language Processing; Machine Learning; Network Systems; and Software Systems. Syracuse University offers an online MSCS program that features elective coursework in Software Engineering, Object Oriented Programming, Android Programming, Computer Security, and Machine Learning.
There are also several options for earning an online master’s degree in fields related to computer science, such as cybersecurity and data science, through schools located in New York. SUNY Polytechnic offers an online MS in Cybersecurity: Network and Computer Security program that is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field. The CUNY School of Professional Studies offers an online MS in Data Science program that requires a background in statistics, linear algebra, computer programming, and database systems. NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering has an online MS in Cybersecurity program that will consider applications from students who did not major in computer science, mathematics, engineering, or science on a case-bay-case basis. And Utica College offers an MS in Data Science and an MS in Cybersecurity online.
Stevens Institute of Technology and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) are two schools in the adjacent state of New Jersey that offer online master’s in computer science programs. The Schaefer School of Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology has an online MSCS program, as well as online master’s programs in Computer Engineering and Enterprise and Cloud Computing. NJIT’s online offerings include an online MSCS program that may require applicants to complete several undergraduate bridge program courses in preparation for the master’s-level curriculum.
The School of Public Health at SUNY Albany is one of several schools in New York that offer online master’s programs in public health. The SUNY Albany online Master of Public Health (MPH) program features a concentration in Public Health Practice and a practice-based internship. The program is part-time and can be completed in roughly two years by students who take one or two courses per semester.
St. John’s University, New York University (NYU), and New York Medical College are some of the other schools in New York that offer online MPH programs. St. John’s University’s online MPH is offered through the school’s College of Pharmacy and Health Science and features two concentrations: Community Health and Global Health. NYU’s College of Global Public Health offers an online MPH program with flexible enrollment that allows students to take between two and four years to complete the degree. And New York Medical College, which is located in Valhalla, offers an online MPH with four specializations: Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion; Epidemiology; Environmental Health Science; and Health Policy and Management.
Two out-of-state options for earning an MPH degree online are Simmons College and Northeastern University, both of which are located in Boston, MA. The Simmons College program focuses on community-based health equity in the administration of public health programs and features online coursework plus several in-person immersion sessions. The Northeastern program features a concentration in Urban Health and a community-based practicum experience.
SUNY Empire State offers an online MS in Finance degree program that gives students the option of a Corporate Finance or a Global Finance track. The program allows students to enroll full-time, which can lead to graduating in as few as 20 months, or part-time, which may take students two or more years to graduate. To qualify for admissions to the SUNY Empire State program students must have taken undergraduate courses in financial accounting, economics, statistics, and management information systems. These requirements may be waived for applicants who have professional experience in a financial field.
New York residents who are interested in earning an online master’s in finance may also want to consider the programs offered by Northeastern University in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). The D’Amore McKim School of Business at Northeastern offers an online MS in Finance program with tracks in Corporate Finance and Investment Finance. The program is fully online and can be completed in as few as 16 months. SNHU has an online MS in Finance program with two concentrations: Corporate Finance, and Investments & Securities. Students can graduate in a few as 15 months from the SNHU program by taking two courses per ten-week term.
There are several schools in New York that offer various types of online master’s in counseling programs, including SUNY Buffalo, which has an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling program that is taught online and on campus. In order to be admitted SUNY Buffalo’s online master’s in counseling program, applicants must reside at least 75 miles from the school’s campus.
New York University (NYU) offers an online MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness program with flexible enrollment. The NYU program can be completed in as few as 21 months, although students may extend the time to completion by taking classes part-time. And Touro University offers an online MA in Marriage and Family Therapy that has three tracks: a non-clinical track that does not include internships; a clinical track that includes some clinical training; and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) track that incorporates the requisite number of clinical hours for eventual state licensure in counseling.
Rutgers University in New Jersey and Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania are two regional schools that offer online master’s in counseling programs. The Rutgers School of Health Professions offers an online MS in Rehabilitation Counseling with a Clinical Mental Health Counseling track that allows students to complete a required practicum and internship experiences in New Jersey, downstate New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Lock Haven University, a publicly funded school in Lock Haven, PA, has an online MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program that does not require any campus visits, but that does require students to complete 700 in-person clinical hours at a site approved by the program.
Note: Residents of New York who are exploring options for earning an online master’s in counseling degree should be aware that most online counseling programs require students to complete in-person clinical hours, and that these clinical hours are typically required for state licensure. Potential applicants to out-of-state programs should inquire about clinical placements prior to applying, and should also check to ensure that an out-of-state program admits applicants from New York and that the program’s curriculum meets New York state requirements for licensure in professional counseling.
New York’s SUNY system has several colleges and universities that offer Registered Nurses (RNs) various options for earning an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. SUNY Polytechnic has an online MSN in Nursing Education program that accommodates part-time and full-time students. The School of Nursing at SUNY Stony Brook offers an online MSN in Nursing Leadership that requires students to attend a limited number of on-campus sessions. The School of Nursing and Allied Health at SUNY Empire State has two online MSN program options: an MSN in Nursing Administration and an MSN in Nursing Education. And SUNY Delhi offers an online MSN in Nursing Education that has flexible enrollment options.
RNs in New York who would like to earn an online MSN degree in a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specialization may want to explore the hybrid program offered by SUNY Brockport. The two-year, full-time program offered by SUNY Brockport has a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialization. While most of the coursework is offered online, students in the hybrid program are required to attend three weekend sessions per semester.
RNs who live in New York may also want to explore the online MSN programs offered by Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and by Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY. Drexel offers six types of non-Advance Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) MSN programs online: Clinical Nurse Leader; Clinical Research; Nursing Innovation; Leadership in Health Systems Management; Nursing Education; and Quality, Safety, and Risk Management in Healthcare. Drexel also offers eight MSN programs in Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializations, including: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Cary NP (AGPCNP); FNP; Pediatric Acute Care NP (PACNP); Pediatric Primary Care NP (PPCNP); Psychiatric Mental Health NP (PMHNP); Women’s Health NP (WHNP); and dual PACNP/ PPCNP. New York residents who enroll in Drexel’s NP programs must be prepared to complete their clinical hours at a site outside of New York due to state policies. Frontier offers online MSN programs in the following specializations: Nurse-Midwife; FNP; and WHNP. They also offer a PMHNP program, but that specialization does not currently accept online students from New York.
Note: Due to New York state policies regarding the completion of clinical hours for nursing programs, many out of state schools that offer online MSN programs do not currently accept online students from NY. RNs in New York who are considering an online MSN program offered by an out-of-state school should speak with an admissions advisor before to applying to ensure the program accepts students from NY. It is also important to note the licensing requirements for nurses vary by state; RNs who are considering out-of-state MSN programs should examine New York State licensing requirements prior to applying.
SUNY Albany is one of the New York schools that offers students the opportunity to earn a master’s in information science degree online. SUNY Albany’s online MS in Information Science program has a School Library specialization that can prepare students for initial teaching certification as a library media specialist in New York. SUNY Buffalo offers an online MS in Information and Library Science that is structured to allow students to complete the degree 100% online or through a combination of online and campus-based classes.
Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies offers an online MS in Library and Information Science that gives students the option of choosing from 12 areas of specialization, including: Academic Librarianship; Data Librarianship; Historical Materials; Instructional Librarianship; Public Librarianship; School Media; and Technical Service Librarianship. St. John’s University offers an online MS in Library and Information Science that has specialization in Academic Librarianship, Archival Studies, Law Librarianship, Public Librarianship, and Youth Services.
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Carnegie Mellon University are two schools in neighboring states that offer online master’s programs in information science and information technology management. Carnegie Mellon has an online MS in Information Technology Management program that prepares students to work with database systems, business information systems, and telecommunications systems. NJIT offers an online MS in Information Systems that can be customized through elective coursework in areas such as web and data mining, Java programming, and social media.