Degree Candidacy is a status students receive after the successful completion of 12 credits at Buffalo State. By this time, all provisions that were stipulated at the time of admission must be removed, and students must be in good academic standing. (NOTE: Not all students have provisions placed on their record at the time of admission.) Students are automatically moved to Candidacy unless provisions have not been removed or there are holds on the student record.

Various departments in the Graduate School use a Degree Candidacy Application as a tool for students and advisers to map out a course of study and for advisement purposes. Students must complete the application in consultation with their adviser; it will include course planning, preparation for the capstone experience, and professional development in relation to the degree, graduate certificate, or certificate of advanced study sought.

Degree candidacy applications are available from the academic department and are listed on the Graduate School website.  Program requirements include:

  1. Completion of at least 6 credit hours of graduate-level coursework at Buffalo State.
  2. Completion of all required prerequisite courses.
  3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B grade) in all graduate-level coursework. No grade lower than a C grade (2.0) is acceptable to meet degree requirements.
  4. Removal of all deficiencies and incomplete (I) grades.
  5. If requesting transfer credit, the transfer course(s) should be indicated in the note section of Degree Works and communicated to the Graduate School.  (For other policies effecting transfer credit, see the Transfer Credit section.)
  6. A minimum of 15 credit hours of coursework at the 600- or 700-level is required in all degree programs.
  7. A maximum of 6 credit hours of independent study (XXX 590) may be included in a degree program.
  8. Coursework taken to fulfill degree requirements for one degree may not be applied to an equivalent degree.
  9. A maximum of 6 credit hours of special topics (XXX 587), workshops (XXX 594), conferences (XXX 596), and microcourses (XXX 598) may be included in a master's degree program.

Students should periodically check with advisers to review the anticipated completion dates.