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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|June 16, 2016||November 17, 2016*||April 20, 2017|
|July 21, 2016||December 15, 2016||May 18, 2017|
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|September 15, 2016||February 16, 2017||July 20, 2017|
|October 20, 2016||March 16, 2017||August 17, 2017|
Test participants are asked to report to E.H. Butler Library 318 by 2:30 p.m. on the date of their exam (except on dates indicated with * - see below). The test will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. Register online or contact the Graduate School Office.
*Participants must arrive by 5:30 p.m. for a 6 p.m. test start time.