Admission Criteria

Browse nearly 30 opportunities spanning master’s degrees to advanced certificates. SUNY Cortland’s graduate programs stand out because they are affordable, flexible with online and hybrid coursework and driven by a career-oriented focus.


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Adolescence Education (grades 7-12)

Graduate students who aspire to teach at the middle or high school levels complete a culminating master’s project and earn New York state teaching certification upon graduation.

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Athletic Training

This two-year, full-time program offers extensive clinical experience, a high level of preparation for the Board of Certification exam and a strong reputation in the profession.

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Childhood Education

Future elementary school teachers explore key subjects such as mathematics, science, literacy and social studies in a degree program that can be completed in 12 months of full-time study.

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Communication Disorders

SUNY Cortland’s graduate program provides the master’s degree required to work in any setting: schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes or private practices as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

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Educational Leadership

These programs train future school leaders — superintendents, directors of athletics, principals and others — who possess a master’s degree and permanent teaching certification in New York state.

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Students are trained to be critical thinkers in this 30-credit hour program. They graduate prepared to pursue a Ph.D. or careers in business, law, nonprofit organizations and the arts.

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English as a Second Language

Graduate students are prepared to teach English to non-native speakers in a variety of U.S. and international settings, including general classrooms with multilingual learners, private schools, or adult education classes. Those with NYS initial teaching certification can pursue additional TESOL certification.

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Exercise Science

The study of human movement inspires this competitive program. Some graduates pursue doctoral degrees while others choose health professions such as nursing, athletic training or physical therapy.

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Whether they pursue community health or a more teaching-focused track, students gain a strong foundation in research methods, assessment and evaluation, as well as hands-on work.


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This fully online program is ideal for social studies teachers seeking a master’s or anyone who works in educational roles in museums or archives. Special emphasis is placed on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).

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Literacy Education

In this fully online program, teachers from any discipline improve their skills working with readers of all abilities. Full-time students can earn two certifications in one calendar year.

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Physical Education (K-12)

Students join a nationally recognized department and learn from leaders in the field. The physical education leadership degree can be completed entirely online. 

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Students turn their passion for the outdoors into exciting career possibilities through six different programs. They go on to earn important certifications and work in various settings from state parks to retirement communities.

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Sport Management

Courses are available online and in person, which means a master’s degree can be earned in multiple ways. All options encourage industry experience, and graduates land in a variety of fields, including marketing, event management and communications.

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Teaching Students with Disabilities

Teachers build on their commitment to inclusive special education through multiple graduate programs offering training at the elementary, middle and high school grade levels.


Graduate Admissions Office
Miller Building, Room 106

Mailing Address
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045

Phone: 607-753-4800
Fax: 607-753-5988

Monday through Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.