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Continuing Education - Degree Completion

Creative Ways to Earn Credits

Students have several ways to earn college credits beyond the traditional on-campus course:

Hybrid and Online Purchase College Courses

Open SUNY (formerly SUNY Learning Network)
All online courses offered by SUNY campuses can be found on the Open SUNY website.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) administers exams in undergraduate college courses that allow students to demonstrate college-level proficiency in particular subject areas.

Internships for Credit
With the assistance of Purchase’s Career Development Center, students have the opportunity to gain experience and to explore a variety of career fields. The number of credits awarded for internships is based on how many hours students work at the internship site.

Private Music Lessons
Through the Conservatory of Music, nonmusic majors may take private lessons with a resident faculty member. The conservatory offers 13 private-study lessons per semester to students in performance and composition. Private-study lessons may not exceed eight semesters for undergraduates. Please note that there is a course fee of $1,219.87 per semester for private lessons, which is in addition to the regular tuition rate.

Before registering for courses, please consult with an academic advisor at Purchase to determine whether or not the course is appropriate for your degree.

Note: Purchase College also accepts transfer credits that are not necessarily earned in college, such as Advanced Placement, CLEP, and International Baccalaureate credits. Check out this transfer information to ensure you have maximized the number of allowed transfer credits.

Updated Feb. 18, 2015

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