How to Apply

Buffalo State maintains a student-managed admissions process that requires an applicant to submit a complete application with all required components to the Graduate School by the appropriate deadline. Thus, applicants are assured the admissions committee has all the necessary information to evaluate their qualifications to avoid delay in the application process. Submitted materials are the property of the Graduate School. Copies of application materials will not be supplied to the student or any other institution.

Nondegree Applicants should complete steps #1, #2, and #4 below.  Only official transcripts reflecting a master's or bachelor's degree need to be submitted.  Additional transcripts are not required but will be if /when the student applies to a program.  There is no specific deadline for nondegree applications however course availability may be impacted based on the submission date of application materials.  Additional fees may apply for students who submit applications after their desired semester has begun.

  Submit Online Application

Online application can be completed in approximately 10-15 minutes; you can save your work and complete the application later, if needed.

After completing the online application, print or save a copy of the confirmation page for your records.


  Submit Application Fee

A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for all SUNY Buffalo State Graduate School applicants. This fee can be paid online through Visa or MasterCard by following the steps below:

  1. Login to your previously submitted Banner Application
  2. Click on your submitted application term
  3. Click on "Pay Graduate Application Fee"

If you are unable to submit this payment online, please contact the Graduate School at (716) 878-5601. Students who were recipients of EOP, HEOP, SEEK or McNair Scholars are eligible for a fee waiver. Please submit a completed Certification of Participation form with your application packet. This fee is waived for active students seeking to change their major.


  Provide Additional Application Materials (If Required)

Some programs require additional documents (e.g., statement of intent, letters of recommendation, test scores) and/or supplemental application materials.  At this time, these documents cannot be uploaded within the Online Application however, they can be submitted electronically to or through the links provided below.  Materials submitted in this fashion must include the student's Banner number and letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the recommender.  Materials sent without this information or letters sent from the student may be returned.

  • Student Submitted Application Materials (supplemental forms, proof of teacher certification, resume, statement of intent, proposed course outline, test scores, and/or writing sample/research paper)
  • Letters of Recommendation (send this link to recommenders:

It is the applicant’s responsibility to review the individual program admissions requirements before applying to determine if additional materials are required.

New Changes Effecting All Teacher Education Programs:  In March 2015, the New York State Legislature approved a law that stipulates students are required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 AND to have taken a national normed test in order to be eligible for a graduate education program.  Since these laws have just been enacted, applicants should continue with their application process even if they have not yet satisfied these requirements.  Applicants should review the list of programs affected by this change and/or contact their program coordinator to get full details about next steps and advice about how to move forward.


  Send Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted in sealed envelopes. Each institution must send the transcript directly to the student. Applicants submit unopened transcript envelopes with other application materials. Buffalo State students are not required to submit transcripts, as the Graduate School will obtain Buffalo State transcripts; however, if applicant attended other institutions these transcripts must be provided even if sent at time of a previous application. In accordance with federal regulations, all students (except Buffalo State graduates) are required to submit a final transcript with a degree posted to the Graduate School by the start of their graduate work for financial aid eligibility.

Download transcript request form (PDF).



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