Admission Requirements

For admission to matriculated graduate study, a student must:

  1. Hold an approved baccalaureate degree from an institution that 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (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:
Quarter Hours Equals Semester Hours
1 quarter hour = 2/3 (.66) semester hours
2 quarter hours = 1-1/3 (1.33) semester hours
3 quarter hours = 2 semester hours

Some departments may establish higher standards for admission or require applicants to submit additional materials, such as a department application, letter of intent, letters of recommendation, teaching certificate, or recent test scores. Refer to the Academic Programs section of this catalog or contact academic departments to determine any additional requirements for admission.

The GRE is not required for most programs, however certain programs may require it if students do not meet admission requirements. See program section for additional information. For information on the GRE, visit gre.org; for information on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), visit milleranalogies.com. Standardized test scores will be accepted within a five-year period; older scores will not be accepted. The Graduate School administers a computer-based version of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) year-round, visit graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/requirements for additional information.