Graduation Requirements

Go to for steps to apply for Graduation. All students expecting to qualify for a degree must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Complete the online Application for Undergraduate Degree through Self Service Banner by the specified date. Failure to make application before the date may eliminate the student from the Commencement program and delay the granting of the degree.
  2. Students must meet all curricular requirements. They must have completed the prescribed curriculum for their major.
    1. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework taken at the college. The minimum cumulative GPA for the courses taken in the major field must also be 2.0. The minimum cumulative GPA for courses taken in a minor is 2.0.
    2. Students must complete the 33-39 credit hours of Intellectual Foundations 2014 requirements.
    3. All candidates must have completed a minimum of 33 credit hours of upper-division coursework, courses generally considered advanced and numbered 300–499.
    4. A minimum of 30 credit hours, including the last 16, must be completed at the college.
    5. A minimum of 120 academic credit hours must be completed.
    6. Students must complete at least 6 credit hours in their major at Buffalo State.
  3. Education majors leading to certification for teaching in the early childhood and upper-elementary grades must fulfill a drug-education requirement and should file a certification application with the Teacher Certification Office, Chase Hall 222.
  4. In addition to academic requirements, students who are enrolled in teacher education programs leading to Initial Certification or Initial/Professional certification are required to complete all seminars specifically required by New York State for program completion and graduation, including School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE); Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment; Alcohol and Other Drug Avoidance; Fire and Arson Safety; HIV and the Classroom; and Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). These seminar requirements are subject to change. 
  5. No students will be cleared for graduation until all grades of I, N, or X have been replaced with an appropriate letter grade.