SUNY Empire State College and SUNY Canton Partner to Give Canton Students Access to Online MBA Program at Reduced Cost


Agreement Makes SUNY Empire Graduate Courses Available to SUNY Canton Students at Undergraduate Price, Saving up to $4,000 toward an MBA

Agreement Helps Meet Workforce Demand in Healthcare Management


SUNY Empire State College and SUNY Canton today announced a new partnership that allows SUNY Canton students to cross register and enroll at SUNY Empire to earn a master of business administration degree.

The agreement specifically makes it possible for SUNY Canton students working toward a bachelor of science in healthcare management or a bachelor of business administration to concurrently begin their studies in SUNY Empire’s 36-credit MBA in business management program. In addition, students enrolled in SUNY Canton’s undergraduate healthcare management program can enroll in SUNY Empire’s MBA in healthcare leadership.

SUNY Empire President James Malatras signs the MOU, SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran holds up the signed MOU.

The graduate classes at SUNY Empire will be offered at an undergraduate rate, further reducing costs for students by $330 per credit hour. Students taking the maximum number of credits through this hybrid program will save as much as $4,000 toward their MBA.

SUNY Empire’s graduate business programs are delivered entirely online. Earlier this year, SUNY Empire expanded its areas of study for MBA candidates to allow them to tailor their program to suit their interests, and in response to the growing needs of employers in high-demand industries. Students will have 10 concentrations to choose from, including IT management, global trade, and marketing.

“When we work together, students win. And students win big with today’s agreement. We’re proud to partner with SUNY Canton to help their students earn an MBA through SUNY Empire faster, at lower cost, and without leaving their community,” said SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras. “This program will help prepare in-demand management and administration professionals, especially in the growing healthcare sector. I’d like to thank President Zvi Szafran, his team, and everyone at SUNY Empire who helped create this new opportunity for students of SUNY Canton and the North Country.” 

“Our partnership agreement with SUNY Empire allows our students to seamlessly transfer into their graduate coursework,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “SUNY Empire is offering the next rung on the educational ladder for our Management and Healthcare Management students, which are two of our most popular online programs. I’m appreciative of the new advanced opportunities available to our students, and of our new partnership with SUNY Empire.” 

SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras and SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran finalized the agreement during a virtual signing ceremony from their respective campuses. To view images from the meeting, please click here.

About SUNY Empire State College 

SUNY Empire State College educates more than 17,000 students in person, online, and through a blend of both, at more than 30 locations in New York and at eight international sites worldwide. Together with one of SUNY Empire’s more than 1,300 faculty mentors, each student designs their own individualized pathway to a college degree that accommodates their schedule and awards credit for prior college-level learning. SUNY Empire awards more than 3,000 degrees annually and 94 percent of graduates stay in New York state. Today, more than 87,000 SUNY Empire alumni are entrepreneurs, veterans, and active members of the military, professional athletes, teachers, medical professionals, and leaders in their field, as well as in their communities. To learn more, visit

About SUNY Canton

Discover SUNY Canton, where innovation meets opportunity. The college’s career-focused educational programs emphasize hands-on and applied learning opportunities in digital design, engineering technology, health, information technology, management, public service, and veterinary technology. Faculty members bring real-world experience and exceptional academic expertise to the classroom. As a leader in online education, SUNY Canton offers unmatched flexibility with hundreds of courses and 23 comprehensive degree programs offered completely online. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos compete at the NCAA Division III level and will be transitioning to the SUNYAC in Fall 2024. In addition to its 15 traditional teams, SUNY Canton offers coed varsity esports and cheerleading.