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School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education

The School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education at Purchase College provides lifelong learning for individuals in the surrounding communities of Westchester and Fairfield counties. The school is dedicated to delivering quality credit and noncredit courses, evening-enabled bachelor’s degree programs, professional certificate programs, and personal enrichment courses designed to enhance lives and meet the existing and emerging educational and professional needs of adults, transfer students, youth, and precollege teens.

Day, evening, weekend, online, and hybrid courses are available throughout the year. In addition to its programs in the fall and spring semesters, the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education offers an accelerated online winter session, a full summer session, and noncredit youth and precollege programs in the arts. Courses are also offered at the school’s extension site in Rockland County.

Overview of Programs

The Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program

The Continuing Education Program
Nonmatriculated and visiting students can enroll in both credit and noncredit courses through the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education for a variety of reasons: to prepare for graduate school or a career change, enter or re-enter the job market, upgrade skills, fulfill a lifelong dream, or pursue a passion.

Selected undergraduate credit courses offered by the school are also available to nonmatriculated students at a lower noncredit tuition rate. Students who choose this option do not receive grades or college credit. For more information, please visit

In addition, numerous undergraduate credit courses in the other schools at Purchase College are open to nonmatriculated students (on a limited enrollment basis) during the fall and spring semesters.

Course brochures, published each semester by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, are available at

Professional Certificate Programs
Professional certificate programs at Purchase College are designed to increase students’ knowledge and enhance employment opportunities in expanding fields. Upon completion of the approved curriculum, the student receives a certificate from Purchase College. The School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education offers professional certificate programs in:

Credit programs:
Arts Management (online)*
Early Childhood Development
*Also available on a noncredit basis

Noncredit programs:
Appraisal Studies
Arts Management
Drawing and Painting
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Health Coach Training
Home Staging
Interior Design
Museum Studies
Nonprofit Management
Social Media Marketing

Noncredit programs are also offered through these online partners:
American Management Association
Learning Resources Network (LERN)

Each of these programs can be completed within a few semesters of part-time study. For information on these certificate programs (which are subject to change) and updates during 2016–2018, please visit or call (914) 251-6500.

Personal Enrichment Courses (Noncredit)
Personal enrichment courses allow community members in Westchester and Fairfield counties to explore a variety of interests. For information on these courses during 2016–2018, please visit or call (914) 251-6500.

Winter Session (Online)
In the accelerated online winter session—offered by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education during the intersession between the fall and spring semesters—students can take a course from any location. Winter session courses are open to all current, prospective, and visiting students who wish to obtain undergraduate college-level credit. (The senior citizen “special auditor” option is not available.) Because of the intensive nature of these undergraduate courses, enrollment is limited to one 4-credit course per student. For more information and updates during 2016–2018, please visit

Summer Session
Summer session at Purchase College, which is administered by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, welcomes community members, Purchase undergraduates, visiting students from other colleges, and eligible high school students.

Courses are offered in the humanities, natural and social sciences, and performing and visual arts. Of particular interest to Purchase undergraduates and visiting students from other SUNY campuses are the many courses offered that satisfy SUNY general education requirements.

Summer session at Purchase maintains the same academic standards as the undergraduate program, and the same standards of performance are expected from students. Courses are taught by highly qualified artists, scientists, scholars, and professionals from Purchase College, other academic institutions, and the private sector.

On-campus room and board are available for eligible summer session students. For more information on summer session, please visit or contact the school at (914) 251-6500,

Youth and Precollege Programs in the Arts
Each summer, the school offers full-day, noncredit youth and precollege programs in the arts during a six-week period. Programs in such areas as architecture, video game/app creation, filmmaking, photography, creative writing, broadcast journalism, comic drawing, visual arts, musical theatre, Shakespeare, acting, pop choral singing, songwriting, and percussion are available for students in grades 4 through 12. Summer precollege institutes provide opportunities for portfolio building and audition training techniques. Institute students may earn certificates based on participation and attendance. On occasion, courses for youth and precollege students are also offered during the academic year.

For additional information and updates during 2016–2018, please visit or contact the school at (914) 251-6500,

Academic Advising
Academic advising is available for students majoring in liberal studies and for all nonmatriculated students, including those who are interested in the liberal studies degree completion program or a credit-bearing professional certificate program at Purchase College. To schedule an appointment, please call the school at (914) 251-6500.

Trudy Milburn, PhD, Director of Academic Programs
Michael DeGrazia, BA, Director of Finance and Administration
Kelly Jackson, BA, Director of Continuing Education

For updates during 2016–2018, please visit

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