Why a Graduate Degree at Buffalo State?

Buffalo State has been offering graduate degree programs since 1945. Twenty-two areas of specialization in the master’s of science in education are offered—more choices in graduate education study than any other SUNY school.

Specialized graduate degree programs include creative studies, learning design and educational technology, literacy specialist and a certificate of advanced study in art conservation. While teacher education remains a tradition at Buffalo State, other graduate programs in adult education, applied economics, and higher education and student affairs administration are unique within SUNY. New and applied programs in public relations, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), urban education, music education, great lakes ecosystem science, public and nonprofit management (MPA), museum studies, professional applied and computational mathematics, science education, and students with disabilities 7-12 generalist and students with disabilities 7-12 subject extensions offer exceptional opportunities for professional advancement.

Other distinctive graduate degree programs include criminal justice, industrial technology, applied economics, biology, English, history, and the data science and analytics option within multidisciplinary studies.

Outstanding opportunities for internships and clinical practice abound. Because Buffalo State is located in New York State’s second-largest city, the college can arrange many opportunities for field study or research.

Buffalo State’s graduate teacher education programs are distinctive in their ability to provide training in urban, suburban, and rural settings. The training prepares teachers to work effectively in culturally diverse settings, enhance teaching and learning, and reach students with a variety of needs and abilities.

Through assistantships and externally funded research projects, an increased number of graduate students are able to attend full time and participate in research and scholarly activities. Most students complete an applied research project as a culminating activity for the master’s degree. For example, all art conservation graduate students are required to complete a nine- to 12-month internship with senior conservators in placements in the United States or overseas, and the speech-language pathology program requires clinical practicum work in both on-campus and off-campus externships.

The campus also offers numerous opportunities for specialized study and research with its Great Lakes Center, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, the Center for China Studies, the Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education, and various departmental initiatives.

Through the Career Development Center, students can obtain help seeking employment, and Buffalo State’s alumni network provides employment leads.