Partnership with the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University

Purchase College and Fordham University have an agreement that allows Purchase students to apply up to 12 undergraduate credits to a graduate degree leading to a Master of Science in Teaching in Early Childhood EducationEarly Childhood Special Education, Childhood EducationBilingual Childhood Education, Multi-age or Adolescent Education (specializing in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies), and Special Education grades 7-12.

 The following Purchase courses (with a minimum grade of B) can be applied toward graduate credit:

  •  Sociology of Education (SOC3500)
  • Child Development (PSY2650)
  • Critical Disability Studies (SOC3275)
  • Adolescent Psychology (PSY 2500)

 Applying these credits permits students to complete their Master’s degree in one year.

Read more about the specifics of Fordham’s various graduate education programs and application process.

 Application and eligibility:

  • Purchase College juniors can apply to the program.
  • Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Fordham will waive the admissions application fee.
  • Students eligible for scholarships will receive a 25 % discount on Fordham tuition.

Why Fordham?

  • Graduates of the Fordham Graduate School of Education (GSE) earned a 98% pass rate on certification exams in 2014-15.
  • Substantial scholarship funding is available for students pursuing Master’s degrees in Adolescence Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics.
  • Fordham is committed to social justice and service to the community.

For more information about this partnership, email Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Suzanne Kessler at


Partnership with Bank Street School of Education 

Purchase College and the Bank Street Graduate School of Education have an agreement that allows students to apply up to 20 undergraduate credits toward their graduate studies leading to a master’s degree in one of the following:

  • Early Childhood General Education
  • Early Childhood Special and General Education Dual Certification
  • Childhood General Education
  • Early Childhood and Childhood General Education Dual Certification

These 20 credits will be applied toward a maximum of 10 credits of graduate work, thus saving Purchase students both graduate tuition and time in the master’s degree program.

To be eligible, students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and have a minimum grade of B in the following:

  1. PSY 2650/Child Development
  2. PSY 3490/Development of Language
  3. SOC 3500/Practicum in Child Development
  4. One additional upper-level course in child development or in education, chosen from the following:
  • PSY 3330/ Social Development
  • PSY 3345/Cognitive Development
  • PSY 3725/Developmental Psychopathology
  • PSY 3845/Gender Development

Eligible students should apply to the Bank Street Graduate School of Education by April 1 of their junior year; however, applications will be accepted up to the completion of their senior year. Students who meet the criteria will have the admissions application fee waived and will be admitted provisionally until the completion of their undergraduate degree.

Why Bank Street College of Education?

  • Bank Street College of Education has been connecting education with social justice for over 100 years.
  • Over half the students receive some form of financial aid.
  • Graduates earned a 96% pass rate on certification exams in 2014-15.
  • Bank Street is committed to an education based on sound developmental principles and on diverse opportunities for learning through experience. 

For more information please email Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Suzanne Kessler at

Read more about the Bank Street Graduate School of Education.

Partnership with Long Island University/Hudson LIU Woman reading a book to two children

Purchase College also has an agreement with Long Island University/Hudson (LIU Hudson), located on the Purchase College campus. Purchase students can take 6 graduate credits in education (at a 50% tuition reduction) in their senior year while completing their undergraduate degree. These credits will apply toward both their undergraduate degree at Purchase College and their master’s degree in education at LIU Hudson. In addition, following graduation from Purchase College, a 25% tuition reduction will apply to all courses taken to complete the master’s degree at LIU Hudson.