Dec 14, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog, Volume 78 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog, Volume 78

Affiliation/Articulation Agreements and Cooperative Programs



Affiliation/Articulation Agreements with 2-Year Institutions

Siena College has developed affiliation agreements with Hudson Valley Community College, Adirondack Community College, and Ulster County Community College. The School of Science also has an affiliation agreement with Schenectady County Community College and SUNY-Cobleskill. Under the terms of these agreements, students who complete the programs outlined in the Community Colleges’ catalogs and maintain the standards prescribed by the Coordinator of Transfer Admissions and the Dean of the appropriate School at Siena will be admitted to the College. Under ordinary circumstances, these students will be able to complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in two years.

The Social Work Department has articulation agreements with Hudson Valley Community College and with Schenectady County Community College, describing courses of study in their Human Services majors which will transfer into Siena’s Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program. For more information, contact the Chair of Social Work at Siena College.

SUNY Cobleskill, Siena College, and Upstate Medical University offer an eight-year continuum leading to the M.D. Degree. This program has been implemented to address the shortage of rural physicians. Contact SUNY Cobleskill for more information.

Students interested in further information about these programs should consult with the Coordinator of Transfer Admissions or the Assistant to the Dean of the appropriate School at Siena College.

Business Management Programs

Clarkson University
Siena College and the School of Business at Clarkson University have cooperated in establishing a 4/1 program that enables the student to earn the undergraduate degree and the MBA in five years. Through careful advisement, students may plan their undergraduate programs to include certain approved foundation courses that serve as preparation for graduate work in management. A Siena graduate meeting the program requirements and Clarkson’s standards for admission will be accepted into the MBA program at Clarkson. Students interested in pursuing either program should consult with the Assistant Dean in the School of Business.

Pace University Lubin School of Business - MBA
Siena College and the Lubin School of Business at Pace University have cooperated in establishing a 4/1 program that enables the student to earn the undergraduate degree and the MBA in five years. Through careful advisement, students may plan their undergraduate programs to include certain approved foundation courses that serve as preparation for graduate work in management. A Siena graduate meeting the program requirements and Lubin’s standards for admission will be accepted into the Lubin MBA Program. Students interested in pursuing such a program should consult with the Assistant Dean in the School of Business.

Pace University - MS in Information Systems
Siena College and the School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University have cooperated in establishing a 4/1 program that enables the student to earn the undergraduate degree and the MS in five years. Through careful advisement, students may plan their undergraduate programs to include certain approved foundation courses that serve as preparation for graduate work in computer science and information systems. A Siena graduate meeting the program requirements and Pace’s standards for admission will be accepted into the MS program at Pace. Students interested in pursuing such a program should consult with the Assistant Dean in the School of Business.

St. John’s University
Siena College and The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University have cooperated in establishing a 4/1 program that enables the undergraduate accounting student to earn their undergraduate degree and the M.S. in Accountancy or M.S. in Taxation in five years. This arrangement provides the student with a background for advanced professional placement in accounting and satisfies the educational requirements for certification as a CPA in the State of New York. Through careful advisement, the student may plan their undergraduate program to include the necessary courses that serve as preparation for graduate work. A Siena graduate meeting the program requirements and St. John’s University admissions standards will be accepted into the M.S. in Accountancy or M.S. in Taxation program. Students interested in pursuing either program should consult with the Assistant Dean in the School of Business.

Université Laval
Siena College and the School of Business at Université Laval have cooperated in establishing a program that enables the student to earn an internationally recognized MBA degree. This arrangement provides the student with a unique curricular focus in international business in a bilingual environment. Depending on the specialization chosen and its format, the program can be completed in 12 to 24 months. A Siena graduate meeting the program requirements and Laval’s standards for admission will be accepted into the Laval MBA program. Students interested in pursuing such a program should consult with the Assistant Dean in the School of Business and the Center for International Programs.

University at Albany, SUNY - MBA
Siena College and the School of Business at The University at Albany, SUNY have cooperated in establishing an arrangement that enables the undergraduate student to waive up to ten credits toward The University at Albany, SUNY full-time or part-time M.B.A. program. Through careful advisement, the student may plan their undergraduate program to include the necessary courses that serve as preparation for graduate work. A Siena graduate meeting the program requirements and The University at Albany, SUNY admissions standards will be accepted into the full-time or part-time M.B.A. program. Students interested in pursuing either program should consult with the Assistant Dean in the School of Business.

MS in Professional Accountancy, MS in Accounting Information Systems, MS in Taxation
Siena College and the School of Business at The University at Albany, SUNY have cooperated in establishing a 4/1 program that enables the undergraduate accounting student to earn their undergraduate degree and the M.S. in Professional Accountancy, or M.S. in Accounting Information Systems, or M.S. in Taxation in five years. This arrangement provides the student with a background for advanced professional placement in accounting and satisfies the educational requirements for certification as a CPA in the State of New York. Through careful advisement, the student may plan their undergraduate program to include the necessary courses that serve as preparation for graduate work. A Siena graduate meeting the program requirements and The University at Albany, SUNY admissions standards will be accepted into the M.S. in Professional Accountancy, or M.S. in Accounting Information Systems, or M.S. in Taxation program. Students interested in pursuing one of these programs should consult with the Assistant Dean in the School of Business.

Engineering Programs

Clarkson Graduate School
This program enables a Siena undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Physics, Environmental Science, Computer Science, or Mathematics to complete a CGS M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, Energy Systems, or Engineering and Management Systems in one additional year (depending on their course load) after completing their Siena undergraduate degree.

Siena undergraduate students must apply for and be granted admission to Clarkson Graduate School no later than the end of the fall term of their senior year. Students are encouraged to apply as early as the end of their sophomore year to facilitate appropriate undergraduate course selection at Siena and graduate course selection at Clarkson Graduate School. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is expected for most programs. Acceptance into a program may enable students to apply up to three Clarkson Graduate School 500-level graduate courses for credit in fulfillment of their undergraduate degree at Siena and their graduate degree at Clarkson Graduate School, depending upon their program of study. Siena students have the option to not matriculate with Clarkson Graduate School, and the graduate courses taken will still apply to their BS degree at Siena. Students wishing to apply shall complete the application for admission to Clarkson Graduate School, School of Engineering and Computer Science. Only students that have met the acceptance criteria can register for Clarkson Graduate School courses (see registration form). Registration requires both Siena and CGS advisor approvals.

3/2 Engineering
Siena participates with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, SUNY-Binghamton and Western New England College in a cooperative science engineering program. The program is a combined five-year sequence which leads to a B.S. degree in chemistry, computer science, physics or mathematics from Siena and a B.E. degree in aeronautical, biomedical, civil, chemical, electrical, industrial, materials, mechanical or nuclear engineering at one of the six cooperating schools. (Not all of these disciplines are available at all of the engineering schools and some additional specialties and variations are available at individual institutions.) A student will attend Siena for the first three years majoring in chemistry, computer science, physics, or math-science. Upon the successful completion of the third year with a clearly demonstrated potential of success in engineering and the recommendation of the Dean of Science, such students would transfer into an engineering program at one of these cooperating colleges.

Upon completion of the fourth year, Siena will award a B.S. degree in the appropriate discipline. The student is awarded the B.E. degree at the successful completion of the fifth year. Since available space may occasionally limit the number of applicants accepted in a specific area, students should apply early for transfer and maintain flexibility. To ensure proper course selection, all students should consult both their academic advisor and the 3/2 Engineering Coordinator, Dr. John Cummings, at least once each semester.

A complete description of these cooperative programs (requirements and process and forms) is available with the Siena School of Science, Office of the Dean, and Siena Registrar Office.

Law School Programs

Albany Law School
Siena College and Albany Law School have cooperated in establishing a 4/3 Early Admission Program that will accept applications from students either prior to the start of the freshman year or after the freshman year. Students admitted to the program will be guaranteed admission to Albany Law School upon attainment of their bachelor’s degree provided they have satisfied the criteria specified for remaining in the program, which include maintaining a 3.2 GPA during the first three years and a 3.3 cumulative GPA by the end of the senior year. Students interested in the program should consult with the Pre-Law advisor.

Siena College and Albany Law School have cooperated in establishing a unique 3/2 Early Completion  Program in which students who have accelerated and earned their baccalaureate degree at Siena in three years will be eligible for admission to the Accelerated Juris Doctor Program at Albany Law and will be able to earn their Juris Doctor degree at Albany Law in two years. New first-time freshmen must either have a 1250 SAT[M+V] or a minimum of 9 transferable college credits from H.S. to be considered for admission to this program,and all applicants  must be reviewed by the Pre-law Director of Siena College and the Dean of Admissions at Albany Law School.All accepted students must declare their major at the point of admission to Siena College,and early acceptance to Albany Law.All students in this program are expected to meet the 120 credit Bachelor degree requirement along with all major/college requirements over the three year period.All students in the program must maintain a 3.3 cumulative average and achieve a one-time score on the LSAT that is equal to or greater than the LSAT score equal to the 60th percentile for the prior year’s entering class at Albany Law School.

Elizabeth Haub School of Law (Pace University Law School)
Siena College and Elizabeth Haub School of Law have cooperated in establishing a 4/3 Early Admission Program that will accept applications from students either prior to the start of the freshman year or after the freshman year. Students admitted to the program will be guaranteed admission to Pace Law School upon graduation from Siena College provided the academic standards are met. These include maintaining a 3.20 GPA during the first three years and a 155 on the LSAT. Students interested in the program should consult with the Pre-Law Advisor, Dr. Leonard Cutler.

Western New England University School of Law
Siena College and Western New England University School of Law have cooperated in establishing a 4/3 Early Admission Program that will accept applications from students prior to the start of their freshman year or after the freshman year. Students admitted to the program will be guaranteed admission to Western New England University School of Law, upon graduation from Siena College and provided the academic standards are met. These include maintaining a 3.30 GPA during the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years, achieving an established score on the LSAT, a personal interview with a professional admissions staff member, and satisfying character and fitness standards established by Western New England College of Law. Final decisions on acceptance will be made in the first semester of the student’s senior year.

Students interested in either program should consult with the Pre-Law Advisor, Dr. Leonard Cutler.

Nursing Programs

Belanger/Siena Dual Degree Nursing Program

Siena College and Belanger School of Nursing established a Dual Degree Nursing program (2017) whereby students earn both an AAS and a BS in Nursing. The students’ academic plan is a seamless progression between the two schools while living all four years at Siena College:

  • First year fully at Siena campus taking core and nursing pre-requisites.
  • Second and third year time is split between Siena and Belanger campuses. 
    • At Siena, students continue to take a course or two each semester.
    • At Belanger, students take all of your pre-licensure, lower-division nursing courses and clinicals.
  • The upper-division nursing coursework starts in the second year with Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice, Advanced Health Assessment in our new state of the art lab and which allows the opportunity to take nursing courses on the Siena campus before graduating from Belanger and taking the NCLEX RN. 
  • At the end of the 3rd year, students have earned an Associate’s degree from Belanger School of Nursing, graduate and students will sit for the NCLEX licensure exam over the summer and become a Registered Nurse.
  • During your fourth year, students are full-time on the Siena campus taking upper-division nursing courses.  Students will graduate as a Bachelors prepared nurse from Siena College.

Maria College/Siena College Dual Degree Nursing Program

Siena College and Maria College established a Dual Degree Nursing program (2019) whereby students earn both an AAS and a BS in Nursing. The students’ academic plan is a seamless progression between the two schools while living all four years at Siena College:

  • First year fully at Siena campus taking core, nursing pre-requisites and one Maria  College Nursing course.
  • Second and third year time is split between Siena and Maria campuses. 
    • At Siena, students continue to take a course or two each semester.
    • At Maria, students take all of your pre-licensure, lower-division nursing courses and clinicals.
  • The upper-division nursing coursework starts in the second year with Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice, Advanced Health Assessment in our new state of the art lab and which allows the opportunity to take nursing courses on the Siena campus before graduating from Belanger and taking the NCLEX RN. 
  • At the end of the 3rd year, students have earned an Associate’s degree from Maria College, graduate and students will sit for the NCLEX licensing exam over the summer and become a Registered Nurse.
  • During your fourth year, students are full-time on the Siena campus taking upper-division nursing courses.  Students will graduate as a Bachelors prepared nurse from Siena College.

RN to BS Nursing Program

Siena College established a RN completion program (RN to BS) in 2016. Nurses with an earned Associate Degree in Nursing and a RN license earn a Bachelor’s degree in two years full-time.  (Part-time options available). All classes are held on Wednesdays (both nursing and liberal arts).  This way, nurse can continue to work full-time. Nursing classes are hybrid and there are online options for liberal arts core coursework.

Articulation Agreements

Siena College has articulation agreements with the following schools to accept their prelicensure nursing and core coursework:

  • Belanger School of Nursing/Ellis Medicine
  • Hudson Valley Community College Nursing
  • Maria College Nursing
  • Memorial College of Nursing
  • Samaritan School of Nursing
  • SUNY Adirondack Department of Nursing
  • SUNY Polytechic Institute

Affiliation Agreements

The nursing program at Siena college is working with many local hospitals and clinics to offer educational opportunities for our student’s clinical experience. We currently have affiliation agreements with the following healthcare agencies:

  • Adirondack Nursing Services
  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences/The Collaboratory
  • Albany Medical Center
  • Albany Medical College
  • Albany Nursing Coalition
  • American Red Cross
  • Catholic Charities of Albany
  • Double H Ranch
  • EDDY VNA
  • Ellis Medicine
  • Glens Falls Hospital
  • New York Oncology Hematology NYOH
  • Saratoga Hospital
  • Saratoga Schenectady Gastroenterology

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Air Force/Navy

Students who are interested in Air Force or Naval ROTC may cross-enroll in these programs through the Department of Air and Space Studies or the Department of Naval Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Details on these programs is available at http://www.rpi.edu/academics/rotc.html.

Social Work Masters Programs

Siena B.A. in Social Work Program/Adelphi University Masters in Social Work Program (advanced standing). The Adelphi University School of Social Work will grant graduating seniors from the Siena College Social Work Program priority consideration for admission into the Advanced Standing Component of the M.S.W. Program, at the Hudson Valley Center located in Poughkeepsie, NY. This evening / weekend program offers a unique option for Siena graduates, especially those that must continue to be employed while pursuing their MSW degree. To be considered for early admission, in addition to meeting all other general admission criteria, students must have at least a B average overall and a minimum 3.0 in the major, a commitment to social justice, and the concern, caring, and maturity necessary to be a helping professional. Applicants must be strongly recommended by the Siena College Social Work Program Director and/or the Coordinator of Field Education. The recommended deadline for applications to Adelphi’s early admissions track is mid-to-late March.

All accepted students will be actively considered for the full range of financial aid that they may qualify for and that may be available including scholarships, loans, and other possible resources.

Siena B.A. in Social Work Program/Fordham University Masters in Social Work Degree Program (Advanced Standing)
The Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service will accept graduating seniors from the Siena College Social Work Program for early admission into the Advanced Standing Component of the M.S.W. Program. To be considered for early admission, in addition to meeting all other general admission criteria, students must have at least a B average overall and a minimum of 3.0 in the major, a commitment to social justice, and the concern, caring, and maturity necessary to be a helping professional. Applicants must be strongly recommended by the Siena College Social Work Program Director and/or the Coordinator of Field Education. The majority of the student’s field placement work must be in direct practice. Deadline for submission of applications for the early admissions track of The Fordham University Graduate School of Social Science M.S.W. Degree Program is March 15 of each academic year. The Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service will set aside two places for Siena Social Work graduates in the entering Advanced Standing class each year. This does not, however, preclude the acceptance of more than two qualified students, should more students wish to apply.

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service will provide a scholarship to one Siena College graduating Social Work student who is admitted through the early admission decision track ($4,000. annually, $2,000 per semester). The scholarship recipient must convey a commitment to working with an oppressed population as demonstrated through fieldwork and letters of recommendation. Scholarships will also be provided to any students who demonstrate financial need. All accepted students will be actively considered for the full range of financial aid that they may qualify for and that may be available including scholarships, loans, and other possible resources.

Siena B.A. in Social Work Program/Syracuse University Masters in Social Work Degree Program (Advanced Standing)
Syracuse University School of Social Work will accept graduating seniors from the Siena College Social Work Program for early admission into the Advanced Standing Component of the M.S.W. Program. To be considered for early admission, in addition to meeting all other general admission criteria, students must have at least a minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0 as well as a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 in the major, a commitment to social justice and positive social change, and a respect and appreciation for human diversity. Applicants must be strongly recommended by the Siena College B.S.W. Program Director. Deadline for submission of applications for the early admissions track of the Syracuse University School of Social Work M.S.W. Degree Program is February 15 of each academic year. An admission decision will be rendered by March 15. The Syracuse University Graduate School of Social Work will set aside two places for Siena Social Work graduates in the entering Advanced Standing class each year. This does not, however, preclude the acceptance of more than two qualified students, should more students wish to apply. There is no limit on the number of students who can apply for early admission.

Syracuse University Graduate School of Social Work will provide, to up to two students who are admitted through the early admission decision track, scholarship awards (equivalent to at least twelve credits for the academic year to be distributed between the fall and spring semester). Scholarship recipients must demonstrate activity in advancing the profession’s agenda in social justice and/or human diversity and must be strongly recommended by the Siena College Social Work Program Director. Demonstrated financial need as well as academic merit will be considered in the award process. Early notification of scholarship awards is guaranteed to up to two students who have been selected for scholarship awards, provided that they meet the early admission decision deadline. Other early decision applicants will receive notification regarding whether or not they qualify for scholarship funds at a later date. All accepted students will be actively considered for the full range of financial aid that they may qualify for and that may be available including scholarships, loans, and other possible resources.