More Frequently Asked Questions
Program/Degree Offerings and Deadline Questions
- What programs do you offer?
- What are the deadlines?
- What does a "rolling" deadline mean?
- Can I submit materials after the deadline?
- Do I have to apply to a program or can I just take one or two classes?
- Do you have online programs?
- Do you offer classes on campuses outside of the capital district?
- Can you mail me more information about a program?
- Can I meet with someone to discuss your programs?
- How long does it take to complete a degree?
- Can I get funding?
- Can I take classes part time?
- What time are classes offer for the program I am interested in?
What programs do you offer?
UAlbany offers nearly 125 programs leading to advanced certificates, master's and doctoral degrees. A complete programmatic listing including application requirements and deadlines can be found by viewing our Program Deadlines and Requirements website.
What are the deadlines?
A complete programmatic listing including application requirements and deadlines can be found by viewing our Program Deadlines and Requirements website. Application submission closes at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the day of the published deadline.
What does a "rolling" deadline mean?
Some programs have a "rolling" deadline. Since it takes minimally 6 weeks for a decision, programs with rolling deadlines will close either when the program is filled or by the following dates:
Applications for Fall: August 1
Applications for Spring: December 1
Applications for Summer: May 1
Can I submit materials after the deadline?
For full consideration, your application must be completed (application, fee, and all credentials) by the deadline. While we may forward your application to the department for review if it is late, we cannot guarantee that it will be reviewed or that it will not be penalized. If you expect to submit any part of your application late, please contact the department you are applying to first. Application submission closes at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the day of the published deadline.
Do I have to apply to a program or can I just take one or two classes?
You can apply non-degree and have up to 12 credits of study applied to the corresponding degree program if the courses are applicable. Please note that non-degree students are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid and there is a $20 application fee.
Do you have online programs?
Yes, the University offers online programs. Information about the available programs and courses can be found here.
Do you offer classes on campuses outside of the capital district?
Currently, the University offers coursework at three campus locations: Uptown Campus, Downtown Campus and East Campus.
Can you mail me more information about a program?
In support of the UAlbany Goes Green initiative, the Office of Graduate Admissions no longer offers paper program or application materials. Information about all of our programs and the University can be found on our website at http://www.albany.edu. Additionally, our application process is completely paperless and can be submitted here.
Can I meet with someone to discuss your programs?
Due to the large number of programs the University offers and the specificity of the curriculum, the Graduate Admissions Office does not have staff available to discuss programs. However faculty in the academic departments are happy to answer any questions you may have about their programs.
How long does it take to complete a degree?
As the number of courses taken each semester and credits required for each program varies, completion time will vary from person to person. Although some departments require students to complete their program in a specific allotted time, the University statute of limitations policy for all others is:
6 years for master’s programs
6 years for certificate programs
8 years for doctoral programs
Can I get funding?
The University at Albany has a significant variety of funding alternatives designed to provide opportunities for graduate degree students and potential graduate degree students to afford the higher education they seek. Given the breadth of graduate program offerings within our nine colleges and schools, there is no sole source for potential funding information. A summary of funding opportunities can be found here.
Can I take classes part time?
Some programs require students to attend full time and others do not. Please check with your department of interest for the specific regulations for their programs.
What time are classes offer for the program I am interested in?
The schedule of classes varies for each program. To help you gauge the typical time of class for your program, please search the schedule of classes.