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Special Opportunities

Concurrent Graduate Degrees

ESF has formal agreements for the following concurrent degrees in conjunction with Syracuse University:

  • the master of public administration (M.P.A.) in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs,

To be eligible for admission, matriculated students must complete at least twelve credits of graduate-level coursework and earn a 3.5 grade point average or better at ESF and complete the application materials required by the particular program.

Beginning in the 2015-2016 Academic Year, ESF students may now also participate in concurrent degree programs with Upstate Medical University, beginning with the Central New York Master of Public Health (CNYMPH) degree program

Intra-ESF Concurrent Degree Programs

ESF graduate students have engaged in concurrent degree programs with Syracuse University for three decades. As of 2009, ESF graduate students may now undertake formal concurrent graduate degrees in two different departments or academic units within the College.

Concurrent degrees magnify the strengths of academic program offerings within ESF. Pairing an academic degree (Ph.D. or M.S.) with a professional degree (M.L.A., M.P.S., M.F.), or pairing two professional degrees (M.L.A., M.P.S., M.F.) are attractive choices for ESF students. Please consult with individual departments for details regarding specific degree or program combinations. Concurrent degrees require a minimum of 80 percent of the credit hour requirements of each of the paired degrees. Students may apply for admission to both degrees at matriculation, or they may apply to add the second degree following completion of at least 12 credit hours of coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.5. Graduate students interested in these opportunities should contact the ESF Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies.

Course Exchange Programs at Cornell University and SUNY Upstate Medical University

ESF and the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University provide exchange opportunities so that graduate students can take advantage of special courses, faculty, and research facilities found at the two institutions. Cornell University is in Ithaca, N.Y., about 50 miles (80.47 km) southwest of Syracuse. Graduate students interested in this opportunity should contact the ESF Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies.

ESF and the SUNY Upstate Medical University provide opportunities for graduate students at each institution to enroll in graduate coursework. SUNY Upstate Medical University is located within walking distance of ESF. Graduate students who have interest in enrolling in SUNY Upstate courses should contact the ESF Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies for registration information.

Edna Bailey Sussman Environmental Internships

Since 1985, the Edna Bailey Sussman Fund has supported internships for students matriculated in graduate degree programs at eight institutions, including SUNY ESF. Graduate students who are currently matriculated into graduate degree programs (MS, MF, MLA, MPS, or PhD) at ESF are eligible to apply. Applications from students who are currently applying for admission into graduate programs cannot be accepted. For application information, click HERE.