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Our graduate programs are: 
Rigorous: Accredited degree programs prepare you for successful careers and fine-tune the expertise in your chosen career.

Experiential: Whether performing live, researching uncharted thought, conducting real consulting, or teaching in the classroom, your program offers practical, hands-on experience.

Affordable: With a shared commitment to your education, our tuition costs, paired with scholarships and assistantships, offer an investment much less than what you would expect for such highly regarded degrees.

Flexible: We are committed to building schedules that work for you, not requiring you to work around the program. That’s why we offer highly flexible course formats with most courses offered in the evenings, weekends, or online.

Personal: Access to faculty is our strength. Class sizes range from eight to 12 students.

“Potsdam is truly dedicated to providing a memorable experience at the graduate level. Networking with classmates, attending specialized events, and partnering with the Center for Graduate Studies on shaping my experience goes above and beyond what I expected when I applied to Potsdam. Positively amazing!”
— Joseph Heindl ’15
Curriculum and Instruction

Be inspired to go above and beyond with one of our high-quality graduate programs. 

English & Communication
Master of Arts (MA)
• English & Communication

Organizational Performance & Leadership
Master of Science (MS)
• Concentration in Organizational Performance, Leadership & Technology

Master of Arts (MA)
• Mathematics

Master of Music (MM)
• Music Education
• Music Performance

The Crane School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Public Health
Master of Science (MS)
• Community Health

Advanced Certificate
• Inclusive & Special Education*

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
• Curriculum & Instruction
Concentrations available in:
- Early Childhood

- Human Resource Educator
- Intercultural Educator
- Leadership in Education
- Language Acquisition
- Technology Educator
- Wilderness Education
• Educational Technology Specialist
• Literacy Educator*
• Literacy Specialist*
• Special Education

Master of Science for Teachers (MST)
• Childhood Education*
• Secondary Education (Math, English, Science, Social Studies)

Our NCATE-accredited teacher education programs are approved by the state of New York and lead to Initial or Professional Certification.

* Programs are also offered at the Extended Learning Center in Watertown, New York.

distinctive combination
The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of 64 campuses of The State University of New York system and one of 13 SUNY arts and science colleges. Its origin was the St. Lawrence Academy, founded in 1816 by early settlers of the region. It continued as Potsdam Normal School in 1867, as Potsdam State Teachers College in 1942, and became part of the largest university system in the United States, The State University of New York, in 1948. As an inclusive scholarly community, rooted in our historic role in providing exemplary teacher and music education and our leadership in the fine and performing arts, we are committed to the liberal arts and sciences as an academic foundation for all students. With an abiding sense of responsibility to our region and to the world beyond, SUNY Potsdam fosters an appreciation of and respect for the variety of human experiences. Potsdam prepares students to act as engaged global citizens and to lead lives enriched by critical thought, creativity, and discovery. 

The College is located in New York’s picturesque North Country, an area imbued with scenic tranquility and replete with cultural and recreational activities. The Adirondack Mountains to the southeast offer hiking, swimming, fishing, or relaxing beside quiet streams and lakes. In winter, skiing the beautiful trails of Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid (scene of the 1980 Winter Olympics) and Titus Mountain in Malone and cross-country skiing the numerous scenic trails are popular pastimes. The world-renowned Thousand Islands region is also an hour’s drive away. There visitors can take a boat tour, fish, swim, or visit one of the many quaint little shops.

For those who prefer the cultural atmosphere of large cities, Ottawa and Montréal are 70 and 80 miles away, respectively. While in Ottawa students can visit the National Art Gallery or Museum of Natural History, attend a concert or theatrical production at the National Arts Center, tour the Houses of Parliament, and witness the changing of the guard in the summer. Montréal provides the opportunity to indulge in the European experience.

We go out of our way to personalize the experience, including small class sizes. We make the program work for you, not require you to work around the program. That’s why we offer highly flexible course formats with most courses offered in the evenings, weekends, or online in support of the working professional. With purposefully crafted small class sizes, you can expect an opportunity for high levels of engagement, discussion, and enhanced outcomes as you develop your professional portfolio.

A commitment to your experience
We think about your experience holistically. Your graduate experience and the benefits that go along with it extend beyond the walls of the classroom. In addition to supporting your work in the degree program, the Center for Graduate Studies serves as a tremendous resource in crafting an experience that assists you in setting the stage for a lifelong career.
We view this support as a relationship with each graduate student. As
a “one-stop shop,” we take your experience seriously from the moment you inquire with us. Examples of our commitment to you come in many ways. Here are a few:
• Funding for research or professional engagement endeavors
• Scheduling workshops/guest speakers to complement your academic work
• Providing networking opportunities
with classmates and the campus community
• Offering dedicated space and resources in the graduate student lounge and resource area



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20 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Communication Studies                
Community Health                
Curriculum & Instruction                
Educational Technology                
Elementary Education                
Information Technology                
Organizational Studies & Leadership                
Reading & Literacy                
Secondary Education                
Special Education              
Teacher Certification                
Teaching English                
Teaching History                
Teaching Math                
Teaching Music                
Teaching Science                
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Student Body

290 students

186 full-time

104 part-time




Application Fee
*may vary by program
Housing Offered? yes


Admissions Office
P: 315 267-3445
F: 31 267-4802
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