Degree Programs

SUNYIT admits students into the following bachelor degree programs:

  • Accounting 
  • Applied Computing 
  • Applied Mathematics 
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Civil Engineering Technology 
  • Community and Behavioral Health
  • Communication and Information Design (Accelerated BS/MS Option)
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Computer and Information Science (Accelerated BS/MS Option)
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Health Information Management
  • Interdisciplinary Studies*
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Network and Computer Security
  • Nursing* (Accelerated BS/MS Option)
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

*Available to transfers only

Requirements for Admission

Admission is competitive. Admission decisions are weighted heavily on previous academic and college admission test performance; however, SUNYIT practices a holistic admissions approach. We acknowledge that a student’s success in college is dependent on many factors, and we incorporate personal essays, letters of recommendation and other supplemental information into our decision-making process.

SUNYIT will consider candidates for admission who do not otherwise meet the general admission criteria, but possess or have exhibited special talents (academic, athletics, technology, leadership, etc.). Upon request, students may have their special talent reviewed by the admissions staff, faculty and athletic coaches. Special talent candidates must present formal evidence of their special talent and may be asked to interview with the Special Talent Admissions Committee prior to receiving a final admission decision. Contact Admissions for additional information.

If admitted, the decision is provisional; students admitted with self-reported academic transcripts and test scores must present final transcripts and have test scores officially submitted for credential evaluation and diploma verification prior to matriculation. Students admitted with official transcripts must also submit final official documentation of coursework in progress for diploma verification. Failure to meet this requirement will jeopardize financial aid awards and matriculation standing.

SUNYIT reserves the right to rescind an admission decision if academic progress was not maintained by the student as evident in final transcripts, or information is conflicting with original self-reported information.

Freshman Admission Criteria

Admission is competitive. To be considered for admission, freshman applicants should generally carry at least a B/B+ average in a college-preparatory program, and have achieved competitive SAT or ACT scores. Admission is based on high school average, SAT or ACT scores, letters of recommendation, personal essay, and other relevant supplemental information. A supplemental application is required of most students. Although not required, a personal interview is highly recommended and will be used with supplemental information as a factor in determining admission and merit scholarships.

SUNYIT participates in the EOP and Early Action Program. Students interested in EOP should refer to the EOP section of this catalog. Students who are interested in applying Early Action must submit their completed application by November 15. Applications will be reviewed and students will be notified of a decision December 15.

Transfer Admission Criteria

A transfer student is generally a student who has earned college credit following high school graduation. 

Admission is competitive. To be considered for transfer admission, applicants must present a minimum 2.7 Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) for consideration. Coursework and G.P.A. from all colleges attended are considered when determining an applicant’s minimum G.P.A. for admission. Students presenting a G.P.A. below a 2.7 and above a 2.0 will be considered on an individual basis. Highest consideration is given to associate degree holders (A.A., A.S.) in regards to minimum G.P.A. required. Acceptable credentials vary by academic program. Because of academic rigor, demand for certain programs and limited availability of seats, some programs require an applicant’s G.P.A. be higher than the stated minimum.

Students must provide an official transcript from all previously attended institutions. Admission is based on previous academic record, letters of recommendation, personal essay, special talents and other relevant supplemental information. A supplemental application is required of most students. Although not required, a personal interview is highly recommended and will be used with supplemental information as a factor in determining admission and merit scholarships. Students with 30 credit hours or less may be required to submit high school transcripts and college admission test scores for review.

Accelerated BS/MS Admission Criteria

Communication and Information Design/Information Design Technology BS/MS
Admission to the BS/MS program may be achieved, and enrollment maintained, in one of the following ways:

  • As an entering freshman: continued enrollment in the joint program requires achievement of an overall GPA of at least 3.0 at the end of the semester in which the first 60 credits have been completed.
  • Upon initial transfer to SUNYIT: students must have a transfer GPA of at least 3.0.
  • As a junior you can enroll in the accelerated program if you have a GPA of at least 3.0. Continued matriculation in the joint program requires maintenance of a GPA of 3.0 for courses taken at SUNYIT in each of the following categories: (a) all Communication courses applicable to the undergraduate degree; (b) all IDT courses applicable to the undergraduate degree; (c) all graduate courses.

Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 in any of these categories will be placed on academic probation in the program. Students who are on academic probation for any two semesters or who have a GPA of less than 2.50 in any of these categories will be academically dismissed from the joint program. Students who are academically dismissed but have not yet completed the baccalaureate program but whose performance constitutes satisfactory performance in the undergraduate program will automatically be placed in that program.

Computer Science BS/MS
Admission to the BS/MS program may be achieved, and enrollment maintained, in one of the following ways: 

  • As an entering freshman; continued enrollment in the joint program requires achievement of grades of B or better in CS 108, CS 240, CS 249, MAT 115 (or MAT 413), and a mathematics elective (calculus, linear algebra, or statistics). In addition, students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 at the end of the semester in which the first 60 credits have been completed. 
  • Upon initial transfer to SUNYIT; students must have earned grades of B or better in CS 108, CS 240, CS 249, MAT 115 (or MAT 413), and in a mathematics elective (or in their transfer equivalents), and must have a transfer GPA of at least 3.0. 
  • Subsequent to initial enrollment at SUNYIT; students must receive grades of B or better in those courses (or their transfer equivalents) listed in A) and B) above, have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 for all courses taken at SUNYIT, and have a GPA of at least 3.2 for courses in their major.Students entering the joint BS/MS program must not have completed more than 94 credit hours toward their Bachelor’s degree, and must be able to complete all requirements for the Bachelor’s degree within the first 124 semester hours earned.

Nursing BS/MS (for Professional Registered Nurses)
This program offers qualified registered nurses the opportunity to earn both the BS and MS in Nursing within a shortened time frame. The curriculum combines elements of the BS program with the MS program and streamlines the BS program by substituting with select accelerated courses. Full-time study is preferred to proceed through the program at an accelerated pace. Students have the option of selecting from three graduate specialty areas of concentration: nursing administration, nursing education, or family nurse practitioner. At the end of the option, the graduate will be eligible to seek advanced practice certification. The RN to BS/MS student will receive both BS and MS degrees upon program completion.

In addition, students requesting admission to the Accelerated RN to BS/MS Program must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold an associate’s degree with a major in nursing from an accredited program, with a minimum 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 30 hours of undergraduate course work.
  • Be currently licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse in New York State.
  • Have completed the equivalent of one year of work experience in nursing.
  • Submit three (3) letters of recommendation from professional nurses; one (1) must come from faculty with whom the applicant had studied, and two (2) others from recent employers or any other individual who can provide evidence of the applicant’s past and potential contributions to the profession.
  • Discuss in writing precisely the applicant’s reasons for seeking admission to the BS/MS program, identifying immediate and long-term professional goals, and relating intended contributions to the professional field after completion of the master’s program.
  • Participate in a personal interview with a member of the nursing faculty.
  • Submit a professional portfolio containing samples of writing and any project development.

Application Deadline and Notification Dates

Application submission deadline is August 1 (Fall) with a completed application required by August 15; December 1 (Spring) with a completed application required by December 15. Early application is strongly encouraged for scholarship consideration and residence hall preference.

Notification of decisions for Regular Action freshman and transfer applicants will begin by January 15 and continue on a rolling admission basis until the class is full. However, SUNYIT reserves the right to close admission at any time.

The deposit and enrollment confirmation deadline is May 1; students admitted after May 1 will have 30 days from acceptance to return a deposit and enrollment confirmation.

Advanced Placement Credit

Administered by the College Board, Advanced Placement (AP) credit may be awarded for courses taken in high school dependent upon the AP exam scores achieved. Students should send an official copy of their scores directly to the Admissions Office. AP credit cannot be used to fulfill SUNYIT’s requirement for the satisfactory completion of one upper-division writing course. In addition, AP credits in biology, chemistry, environmental science or physics will only fulfill SUNYIT’s requirement for the satisfactory completion of one laboratory course in the physical sciences when a score of 4 or 5 has been achieved on any of the four AP examinations. Refer to page 31 in this catalog for a specific listing of AP examinations and acceptable scores. SUNYIT College Board Code: 0755.

Admissions Procedures

How To Apply

Prospective students should apply to SUNYIT on-line via the SUNY application or The Common Application. Applications can be accessed via the SUNYIT website. A limited supply of paper applications are available from the Admissions Office. The SUNY Campus Code for SUNYIT is 048. The program codes for SUNYIT are:

Accounting 0281
Applied Computing 2097
Applied Mathematics 0087
Biology 0313
Business Administration 0280
Civil Engineering 1866
Civil Engineering Technology 1102
Communication and Information Design 1912
Communication and Information Design/IDT (B.S./M.S.) 2210
Community and Behavioral Health 2293
Computer and Information Science 0286
Computer and Information Science (B.S./M.S.) 0170
Computer Information Systems 0095
Computer Engineering Technology 1357
Electrical and Computer Engineering 2238
Electrical Engineering Technology 0216
Health Information Management 1126
Interdisciplinary Studies 0377
Mechanical Engineering 0268
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0235
Network and Computer Security 2221
Nursing 0291
Nursing/Adult Nurse Practitioner 1607

Declaration of Major

The campus allows freshmen to be admitted as undeclared majors. Students admitted in this manner must complete a change of program form to declare their major no later than the beginning of their junior year or at the completion of 60 credit hours.


Official transcripts must be forwarded from all previous institutions attended to: Director of Admissions, State University of New York Institute of Technology, 100 Seymour Rd., Utica, New York 13502.


Although an interview is not required for admission, prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus and discuss educational plans with a member of the admissions staff. For students wishing to visit the campus, telephone (315) 792-7500 or 1 (866) 2 SUNYIT or E-mail: The Admissions Office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment (phone: 315-792-7500 or 1-866-2 SUNYIT). Summer office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. to Noon.


All new degree students are required to attend an orientation/registration program. Please consult the academic calendar for registration dates.

Foreign Students

Foreign students who meet the admission requirements may obtain foreign student application forms on the SUNYIT website at or E-mail: Foreign students must have their transcripts evaluated through World Education Services (WES). Contact Admissions for more information.

Students with Disabilities

SUNYIT does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in admissions or in access to programs. See Services for Students with Disabilities section.


A student seeking readmission to SUNYIT after missing three consecutive semesters must file a readmission application with the Registrar’s Office. Readmission requirements vary from program to program. Credits taken prior to readmission will be reviewed for appropriateness for the current degree by the department. The application for readmission and fee information is accessible via the SUNYIT website at:

Non-Degree Study

Students may register for coursework at SUNYIT without being formally admitted to the college, on a non-degree basis. Seats for non-degree students are limited for some courses. Students enrolling in non-degree study must meet minimum academic criteria and have completed the necessary pre-requisites for the coursework to be taken. A non-matriculated application must be filed along with submission of academic transcripts. The application for non-degree study and fee information is accessible via the SUNYIT website at: Contact the Registrar’s Office for deadline dates and fee information.

Distance Learning

The college offers selected courses in distance learning through the SUNY Learning Network (SLN). SUNYIT continues to offer new courses through this medium each semester. On-line course offerings vary each semester and students should contact the Registrar’s Office for a current listing of courses. Currently undergraduate Health Information Management coursework, and programs in Accountancy (M.S.), Nursing Education (M.S.), and Technology Management (M.B.A.) are offered on-line. Select arts and science and nursing courses are also available. Online course work is available to both degree and non-degree students in undergraduate areas. Online graduate course work within the Department of Business Management is limited to matriculated students unless special permission is obtained.

Part-Time Studies

Part-time students seeking matriculation into a degree program must be formally accepted by the Admissions Office at SUNYIT. Refer to section on admissions in this catalog. The Admissions Office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment (phone: (315) 792-7500 or 1 (866) 2 SUNYIT). Summer office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Part-time degree students register in the same manner as full-time students during both advance registration and formal registration which are scheduled prior to the beginning of each term. All new degree students are required to attend an orientation/registration program. Please consult the academic calendar in the catalog for registration dates.

Students with questions about part-time degree study can visit or call the Admissions Office.

Financial Aid for Part-Time Attendance

Matriculated part-time students may qualify for the following types of financial aid:

  • Pell Grant
  • Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
  • Federal Nursing Loan
  • Perkins Loan (formerly National Direct Student Loan)
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • College Work Study Program
  • Aid for Part-Time Study

Refer to the financial aid information section of this catalog for details.

Graduate Study

Degree Programs
SUNYIT offers graduate degree programs in:

Accountancy M.S.
Advanced Technology M.S.
Technology Management M.B.A.
Computer and Information Science M.S.
Data Analysis C.A.S.
Family Nurse Practitioner M.S., C.A.S.
Information Design and Technology M.S.
Network and Computer Security M.S.
Nursing Education M.S., C.A.S.
Telecommunications M.S.

How to Apply
The prospective graduate student can obtain a graduate catalog and application from the Graduate Center at SUNYIT. Admissions procedures and requirements vary by program and are outlined in the SUNYIT graduate catalog. The graduate catalog and application are available online at or a paper copy may be obtained by calling (315) 792-7347 or 1 (866) 2 SUNYIT or e-mailing

Non-Degree Graduate Study
Students may apply to take graduate courses without formal admission to the degree program, on a space-available basis by filing the Non-Matriculated Application with the Office of Continuing and Professional Education. Generally, a maximum of six credit hours is allowed for non-degree study. In some instances students may choose to continue taking coursework above the six hour total if permitted, but may not take more than 12 hours before matriculating in their degree program. The maximum number of non-matriculated credits permitted varies from program to program. Graduate coursework taken while in non-degree status may be applicable to the degree program upon formal admission, however, there is no guarantee of credit applicability or admission by completing coursework in non-degree status.