Advanced Degrees Give Individuals an Edge in Recovery


As the effects of the recession continue to impact the job market across the country, more college graduates and nontraditional students are seeking graduate programs to make themselves more marketable to employers. Many are also looking at the value of master’s degree programs at small public institutions.

“During economically challenging times there is an opportunity to gain new skills and become more competitive in a tight job market,” said Dean of Education and Professional Studies, Dr. William J. Amoriell.

At SUNY Potsdam, the College’s Office of Graduate Studies offers rolling admissions, and is continuing to accept applications for fall 2010 for a number of degree programs.

The College offers Master of Arts, Master of Music, Master of Science in Teaching and Master of Science in Education degrees in a variety of disciplines.

The Department of Information and Communication Technology prepares students for careers in a wide array of fields, with curricula focusing on technology leadership and management in private industry, the military, social service agencies, K-12 schools and higher education.

SUNY Potsdam’s NCATE-accredited teacher education programs lead to professional or initial certification in New York State, while advanced degrees through the Crane School of Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

“SUNY Potsdam has been preparing teachers longer than any other institution of higher education in the country,” Dr. Amoriell said. “Our graduate programs are designed to allow non-traditional adult learners to enroll in a program that enables them to change careers and become certified in New York State to teach or develop the academic background needed to move into a position in the information technology field.”

Most of SUNY Potsdam’s graduate programs are designed to be completed within 1 to 1.5 years, and the College does not require standardized exams like the GRE or GMAT for applications for admission. Fellowship and grant opportunities are still available to help gifted graduate students.

For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (315) 267-2165 or visit 

Founded in 1816, SUNY Potsdam is a four-year liberal arts college nestled on the outskirts of the Adirondack Park. Among the 64 units of The State University of New York system, SUNY Potsdam has the longest history and currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. It is well known for its academically challenging liberal arts and sciences and teacher education programs, as well as its world-renowned Crane School of Music.