About Us

SUNY Buffalo State has been offering graduate degree programs since 1945. Twenty-two areas of specialization in the master's of science in education are offered—more choices in graduate education study than any other SUNY school. While teacher education remains a tradition, specialized graduate degree programs in art conservation, creative studies (courses on campus and online), adult education (program online), applied economics, and higher education student affairs administration are unique to SUNY.

Distinctive Programs

Buffalo State's unique graduate programs combine current theory with advanced practical training for today's workplace.

Applied programs include music education (Mus.M), great lakes ecosystem science, public and nonprofit management (MPA), museum studies, professional applied and computational mathematics, science education, and students with disabilities 7-12 generalist and students with disabilities 7-12 subject extensions offer exceptional opportunities for professional advancement.

Other notable graduate degree programs include criminal justice, industrial technology, applied economics, biology, English, history, and multidisciplinary studies.


Buffalo State students receive an education superior to other regional and national colleges at lower tuition rates. As a SUNY campus, the cost of attendance is about one-third the cost of a private college.


Most graduate classes are offered after 4:30 p.m. or on Saturdays, perfect for the working professional. Students can choose to attend either part or full time. The campus is easily accessible from major highways and bus routes.

Online Programs

Buffalo State offers unique and distinct online programs in adult education, creative studies, and music education. Other graduate programs offer a growing selection of online courses to complement our traditional classroom-based courses.


Our Faculty

Students are taught by exceptional faculty members who are both scholars and teachers. Our faculty is engaged in active, interdisciplinary research that involves student collaborators and leads to publication, exhibitions, and awards.


Buffalo State’s alumni network is 100,000 strong—and more than half of our alums live and work right here in Western New York. Partnerships with local employers are integral to our graduate programs and provide a direct path to career opportunities.


Field Study and Research

Outstanding opportunities for internships and clinical practice abound. Because Buffalo State is located in New York State’s second-largest city, the college can arrange many opportunities for field study or research.

Buffalo State’s graduate teacher education programs are distinctive in their ability to provide training in urban, suburban, and rural settings. The training prepares teachers to work effectively in culturally diverse settings, enhance teaching and learning, and reach students with a variety of needs and abilities.


Graduate School Staff

Dr. Kevin J. Miller, Interim Dean  
  Dr. Kimberly Jackson, Assistant Dean for Strategic and Enrollment Planning
Dr. Carmela Thompson, Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Marketing  
  Marnie Letzelter, Assistant to the Dean
Jennifer Murray, Admissions Coordinator  
  Daniel Vargas, Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment
Donna Doyle, Secretary  
  Adrian Thompson, Graduation Coordinator

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The Graduate School

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Cleveland Hall 204
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5601 •  Fax: (716) 878-5630

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