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.

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:

June 16, 2016 November 17, 2016* April 20, 2017
July 21, 2016 December 15, 2016 May 18, 2017
August 18, 2016 January 19, 2017 June 15, 2017
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.

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.  A detailed Guide can be found here.
To submit your score directly to Buffalo State, use school code 2533.


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