Buffalo State welcomes qualified applicants seeking intellectual enrichment and professional advancement through advanced study in its master of arts, master of music education, master of public administration, master of science, master of science in education, certificate of advanced study, graduate certificate, and postbaccalaureate teacher certification programs.

Admission is granted jointly by the Graduate School and the academic department in which the student plans to pursue graduate studies. Individual departments establish specific standards by which they judge admission. These program requirements are listed in the program descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.

Minimum Qualifications for Admission to the Graduate School

  • An approved baccalaureate degree granted by an institution which is accredited by an approved regional accrediting agency. 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.

    International students must hold a baccalaureate degree that is equivalent to a four-year baccalaureate degree in the United States, from an institution that is accredited by an approved regional or national accrediting agency.

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in the baccalaureate program or a 3.0 in previous graduate coursework. If the applicant has attended an institution using the quarter system, credit hours will be converted to semester hours using the following equation:

    1 quarter hour = 2/3 (.66) semester hour

    2 quarter hours = 1-1/3 (1.33) semester hours

    3 quarter hours = 2 semester hours

Individual departments may establish higher standards for admission or require entrance tests such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Miller Analogies test (MAT),* or other materials. Specific program requirements appear under graduate programs and in the Graduate Catalog. Application deadlines vary by program.

New GPA & Test Requirement for Teacher Education Programs for Fall 2015

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.

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The Graduate School administers a computer-based version of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) once a month. A printable Candidate Information Booklet and free practice exams are available on the MAT website.

The MAT test fee is $80. Payment must be in the form of a money order payable to Buffalo State. The fee covers one personal score report that will be mailed to you, and up to three official transcripts that will be sent to schools you specify.  Please refer to the booklet, "Scoring and Score Reporting," for a full explanation of score reporting.

Test dates at Buffalo State:

December 10, 2015 April 21, 2016
January 21, 2016 May 19, 2016
February 18, 2016* June 16, 2016
March 17, 2016 July 21, 2016
  August 18, 2016

*Exam will be held at 5:30 p.m., please arrive by 5:00 p.m.

Test participants are asked to report to E.H. Butler Library 318 by 2:30 p.m. on the date of their exam.  The test will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m.  Register online or contact the Graduate School Office.


Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

Some graduate programs at Buffalo State may require the submission of scores from the GRE test.  More information, including test centers and dates, can be found on the GRE website.  
To submit your score directly to Buffalo State, use school code 2533.


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