Multidisciplinary Studies, Individualized Track (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale).
  2. A two- to three-page statement of intent (essay) that includes the following:
    1. educational and professional objectives;
    2. an explanation of the reasons for interest in a nontraditional study format; and
    3. a detailed outline of the proposed plan of study, including specific courses.
  3. Identification and consent of a principal adviser.  Information regarding advisement can be found in the Overview section. (Those students who need assistance identifying a principal adviser should contact the director in the Academic Affairs Office.
  4. After the completed application is received the student will be contacted to set up an appointment for an interview with the director.

In addition, all applicants must review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

  1. Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours, comprising at least 15 hours of 600- and 700-level courses, including the master’s project.
  2. A maximum of 15 credit hours may be taken in a discipline that offers a master’s degree when the student does a master’s project (3 credits).
  3. A maximum of 18 credit hours may be taken in a discipline that does not offer a master’s degree.
  4. A maximum of 15 credit hours may be taken at another accredited institution. This coursework must conform to the limitations stated in 2 and 3 (above), meet the requirements of the Transfer Credit policy, and have the prior approval of the principal adviser.  
  5. Only grades of B or better will be accepted as transfer credit. An official transcript showing transfer credit must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office.
  6. Coursework (including transfer credit) must be completed within the six-year period immediately preceding the date of completion of the program.
  7. A maximum of 6 credit hours of independent study may be included in the program.
  8. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  9. Master of Science candidates must complete a) a research methods course and b) a supervised project approved by the principal adviser.  Individual principal advisers may impose further requirements on candidates based on practices and policies of their home department (second reader or oral defense, for example).  These must be specified in writing at the outset of the degree program on the completed Principal Adviser Consent Form.
  10. Degree Candidacy Application Form, approved by the student’s principal, secondary (if required), and tertiary (if required) must be submitted to the director before the completion of 12 credit hours at Buffalo State.
  11. Students completing degree requirements each spring semester are requested to submit designated assignments/artifacts in Taskstream by the close of the semester for the Multidisciplinary Studies Program Assessment. 

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills through coherent and well-organized written presentations.
  2. Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills through coherent and well-organized oral and visual presentations.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to creatively use information, concepts, analytical approaches, and critical thinking skills in one or more disciplines. Competency in making connections that will synthesize and transfer learning to new and complex situations.
  4. Ethically identify, access, critically evaluate, and apply information throughout collections of work.
  5. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of research design, methodology, and measurement strategies that addresses a problem in the field.
  6. Demonstrate analytical skills through self-reflection to assess individual performances or collections of work. Show evidence of personal, professional, and civic engagement/development.