Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Visit the How to Apply section for a complete overview of the Graduate School's application process.

What are the admission requirements?

You must be accepted by both the Graduate School and the program to which you apply. The Graduate School requires a bachelor's degree and a 2.5 GPA. Different graduate programs have different requirements.

How are admissions decisions made?

Admissions decisions are made jointly by the Graduate School and the academic departments in which you plan to pursue your studies.

I'm a transfer student. How many credits can I transfer in?

You may be able to transfer some credits, but no more than 12 to 15 graduate-level credit hours for most programs.

When are courses held?

Most courses are offered in the evening; some are offered during the day, in the summer, and via distance learning. You can view course schedules through the Registrar's Office.

Are courses offered over the summer?

Yes. However, not all courses are available in the summer. Check with your individual program.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Visit the Financial Aid Office.

I haven't been in school for a long time. Will I have a hard time adjusting?

Several things will help you adjust: your academic adviser and other members of the faculty, small classes, and students who—like you—are returning for advanced studies after being away from college. The Graduate School is here to help you every step of the way; stop by and visit, call, or send us an e-mail.

Do you have graduate assistantships?

Yes. To qualify for an assistantship, you must take at least 9 credit hours. For more information on graduate assistantships, visit the Human Resource Management website.

Will I get a job after graduating?

A master's degree from Buffalo State is respected by employers in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. You may choose to go on for doctorate or a professional degree, such as a Ph.D. or J.D. A SUNY degree is recognized throughout the United States and around the world. Buffalo State's Career Development Center has expert advisers and resources to help you find your career.

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