Degree Programs for Adult Learners

We understand the complicated needs of adult learners. Whether you are looking to sharpen your job skills or pursue a degree in a new field, we can guide you to the right path and mentor you along the way. Education doesn’t have to wait. You can have a family and a job — and still earn a degree. 


  1. SUNY Adirondack offers an accelerated degree in Business Administration in which students can graduate in 16 months or less, allowing them to take classes two nights a week and online.
  2. Study Psychology and earn your degree at SUNY Adirondack Saratoga by taking classes two nights a week and online starting in Fall 2019.
  3. SUNY Adirondack offers three full degree programs online as well as a variety of general education courses.
  4. Do you have previous college credits? Our new degree in Individual Studies provides greater course flexibility allowing 30 credits of choice combined with a strong liberal arts and sciences foundation.
  5. SUNY Adirondack offers seamless transfer to a number of four-year colleges, including SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury, SUNY Empire, University at Albany, Siena, The College of Saint Rose and Excelsior College.


If you are interested in exploring our many educational opportunities and learning more about financial aid, contact Ryan Thomas, adult learner coordinator, in the Admissions Office to schedule an appointment.

Email or call 518.743.2264.


The power of numbers
More than 35% of our students are older than 21. Students older than 25 are the fastest-growing segment in higher education.

Make an investment in your future
You don’t have to be a high school student to qualify for financial aid and scholarships. SUNY Adirondack’s trained staff can work to find the best resources for you, without breaking the bank. Get more information about Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Did you know?
Many local employers offer financial assistance to employees looking to take classes or pursue a degree in a related career field.

Pay less
Tuition at SUNY Adirondack is less than any other institution in the region, and more than half our graduates complete their degree debt-free. Learn more.

Close to home
Our Saratoga location offers students the opportunity to get their degrees close to home and work.


Accelerated Degree Program

  • Complete an associate degree in Business Administration in 16 months or less
  • No daytime classes required
  • Attend classes two nights a week and online
  • 15-week semester and seven-week session formats from 5:45 to 9:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, or online (7-week hybrid courses include an online component)
  • Transferring credits may shorten time to degree completion and overall cost

Get more information on the Accelerated degree program in Business Administration.

Psychology Evening Program

  • A mixture of courses online and at SUNY Adirondack Saratoga
  • Classes held from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on either Tuesday or Thursday
  • Small class sizes, individual attention and one-on-one support

Resources available include:

  • Tutoring
  • Academic Advising
  • Registration
  • Student Accounts 

Get more information on SUNY Adirondack’s Liberal Arts Humanities & Social Sciences: Psychology Concentration.

Online Programs

SUNY Adirondack currently offers three degree programs fully online.

  • Business Administration
  • Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
  • Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences — Psychology Concentration

These programs offer students the flexibility to learn at the time and location most convenient for them. The online courses follow the same calendar as our in-person courses and have similar due dates for coursework and assignments.

Get more information on online courses.

Individual Studies

Make the most of the college credits you already have and pursue your varied interests. The Individual Studies degree provides students great flexibility in designing a degree program to support their career and transfer goals with customized course selection.

Get more information about the Liberal Arts Humanities & Social Sciences - Individual Studies Associate in Science (AS) degree.


After earning an Associate degree, you can use your college credits toward a Bachelor’s degree — either in Queensbury at the Regional Higher Education Center or at a number of colleges that offer “2 plus 2” transfer programs. You can transfer from SUNY Adirondack to other four-year schools within the SUNY system or other private colleges and universities to complete your final two years of a Bachelor’s degree.

Get more information about transfer opportunities after you graduate.


At SUNY Adirondack, we value our students’ prior learning experiences by offering the following options:

College-level Examination Program (CLEP): SUNY Adirondack awards credit for successful completion of CLEP tests in the same manner that transfer credits are awarded. No grade is assigned to these credits recognized to be the equivalent of a “C” level score or higher.

Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST): The College honors DSST —  also known as DANTES —  exams and awards credit for successful completion as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Credit by Examination: The College may provide credit by examination for current students if no appropriate tests are commercially available. The examinations must be approved by the appropriate Division Chair, and there is a fee of $30 per credit hour.

Military Credit: Students may receive transfer credit for military training based on their JST or CCAF transcripts, as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Credit for Licensure or Certification: Matriculated students may earn credit for industry-based licenses or certifications (e.g., LPN licensure) that meet the student-learning outcomes of specified courses. To initiate the process, the student should complete a Credit for Licensure or Certification form available in the Office of the Registrar.


Student Support

Office of Accessibility Services works in conjunction with faculty and administrative staff to guarantee that all qualified students are afforded the same collegiate opportunities available to the general college population, that no student is denied the benefits of any college program or activity and that no student is subjected  to discrimination.

Counseling Center provides professional counseling to help students develop to their full potential. Counseling takes the form of individual personal counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention and/or referral.

Center for Student Success provides academic advising, placement testing and career planning services that help students reach their educational, career and personal goals. The Center for Student Success is a central point of contact for students seeking information about classes, majors and careers.

Center for Student Life and Diversity offers a wide range of programs that strengthen the cultural, intellectual and social well-being of our campus and works to engage students, faculty and staff to promote and develop an inclusive and diverse environment.

Community Hub was established to identify and meet the non-academic needs of our students. The goal of the Hub is to provide a seamless link to community and on-campus resources and address the barriers that may get in the way of our students’ success.

Robert L. Hutchinson Child Care Center offers students who are parents an opportunity to attend college with peace of mind, knowing their children are safe and well cared for while they are in classes or studying. The Center is a partnership of the Faculty Student Association (FSA) of SUNY Adirondack and Warren County Head Start.

Veterans Resource Center provides student veterans with a space to hold meetings, study and interact with other veterans between classes. The center is attached to the Student Center on the Queensbury campus and includes a New York State Division of Veteran Affairs Office. A full-service Veterans Benefit Advisor is available to assist veteran students and community members file claims and understand the benefits they’ve gained from their time serving. Our Veterans Club offers military service members an opportunity to meet as a group with fellow veterans.

Lifelong Learners Group with the Counseling Office, which hosts weekly meetings for adult learners. Students are encouraged to attend to connect with others in similar situations and discuss strategies to juggle competing responsibilities of school, family and work.

Academic Support

Center for Reading and Writing (CRW) offers tutoring for English courses, as well as reading and writing assistance for students in any subject. One-on-one tutoring and small-group tutoring options are available.

Math, Engineering and Computer Science Tutoring Center (MECS) provides free walk-in tutoring for students taking most math, engineering and computer science courses. The campus also has a Math Lab and Supplemental Instruction in Math.

Business Resource Center provides tutoring for students taking accounting courses. Additional tutoring may be available by contacting the Business division.

Tutoring by subject is available for almost every course offered throughout campus. For those courses without a dedicated tutor, students can contact their professors to set up an appointment during weekly office hours.


Our alumni are leaders around the region — and the world. Attending SUNY Adirondack will give you the chance to network with some of the area’s most influential people. The generations of students who have attended SUNY Adirondack since its founding in 1961 paved the way for the college’s bright future. Help write the next chapter in our region’s economic development.