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.
  2. Submit a final transcript with a degree posted. The Graduate Studies Office will obtain a final transcript for applicants who hold a conferred baccalaureate degree from Buffalo State.
  3. International students must hold a baccalaureate degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited/government recognized college or university. Most such degrees will be four or more years in length. Buffalo State recognizes some three-year degrees, but not all. 
  4. 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. Refer to the Academic Programs section of this catalog for information on specific program requirements.  The GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) website can be visited for more information on each specific test.  Standardized test scores will be accepted within a five-year period; older scores will not be accepted. The office of Continuing Professional Studies administers a computer-based version of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) year-round.