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Graduate School University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

  • Buffalo, NY
  • Public
  • Suburban
  • 49%51%
    student ratio
  • 11,934
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 31%
    acceptance rate
  • 19 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


Programs of Study

The graduate school offers 149 master's degree programs, 92 doctoral degree programs, and 4 professional programsand 57 certificate programs. Interdisciplinary research is available through more than 40 centers and graduate groups. The graduate programs and departments fashion individual curricula to meet specific objectives.

Each program establishes its own requirements for admission, its own assessment of satisfactory student progress, and its own mandates for satisfactory completion of the degree offered under a broad institutional mandate for excellence. Each department is responsible for admitting its own students.

However, for the master's degree, 1 year of residence is required, as is a comprehensive test, a thesis based on independent research, or an appropriate special project. For the doctoral degree, the residence requirement is 1 year; other requirements include an evaluation of the student's work in the doctoral program, an original dissertation, and an oral defense.

Research Facilities

The University at Buffalo (UB) has become a leader in developing and deploying an IT environment that empowers university members to accomplish their goals. Students and faculty members have multimedia e-mail; access to campus high-speed networks in laboratories, classrooms, and university residence halls and apartments; wireless access points on campus; Web access to extensive library resources; easy Web publishing; and extensive technical support and training. Through its digital initiative, the university libraries offer online access to major full-text information products covering journal literature, books, statistical data, worldwide newspapers, and hundreds of databases supporting research in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and interdisciplinary studies. More than 2,200 personal computers and high-performance workstations are available to students in more than ninety public and departmental computing labs. Students also have access to computing on powerful clusters on UNIX time-sharing machines and to computational resources at one of the leading academic supercomputing sites in the U.S., the Center for Computational Research (CCR).

Many investigative centers and institutes are part of a research enterprise that exceeded $350 million in expenditures in 2012. In addition to governmental and private foundation support for research, UB receives considerable industrial support through research collaborations and affiliations. The university enjoys an international reputation, attracting students from all over the world and maintaining scholarly exchanges with institutions in several nations. Leading-edge interdisciplinary research centers integrating the fields of medicine, engineering, physical sciences, social sciences and humanities provide students with a unique environment to conduct research at the interfaces of disciplines. Some examples include Humanities Institute; Center for Single-Molecule Biophysics; Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences; Institute for Lasers, Photonics, and Biophotonics; Research Institute on Addictions; Center for Hearing and Deafness; Buffalo Center for Social Research, National Center for Biomedical Ontology and Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors. The Center for Clinical and Translational Research, a 170,000 sq. ft. joint clinical care and biomedical research facility where scientists and physicians work side-by side, opened its doors in 2012 on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus.

Other specialized centers include the Center for Studies in American Culture, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, Buffalo Translational Consortium, Center for Rehabilitation Synergy; The Regional Institute, Center for Excellence in Global Enterprise Management, Great Lakes Institute, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, Institute on European and Mediterranean Archeology, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, MCEER, Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender, Institute on Healthcare Informatics, and the Buffalo Protein Therapeutics Consortium.

Financial Aid

Many students hold teaching, graduate, or research assistantships. A number of competitive fellowship programs are also available, including opportunities for students who are members of underrepresented minority groups. Full- or partial-tuition scholarships accompany many assistantships and fellowships.

Graduate Opportunity Tuition Scholarships (GOP) are available to students who participated in undergraduate EOP, HEOP, or SEEK programs. Students should contact the department for information and applications. The most up-to-date contact information for all of UB's graduate and professional programs can be found on the school's website.

Cost of Study

Full-time and part-time tuition per semester for New York State residents is less costly than for nonresidents. Tuition in the professional schools is higher. All tuition rates are subject to adjustment by the Board of Trustees.

Living and Housing Costs

The University at Buffalo has four apartment complexes that houses graduate students. Flickinger Court, a two bedroom townhouse complex that houses only graduate and married students. It is off campus but is part of the university housing system. All its apartments are furnished with appliances, most have bedroom furniture, but utilities are not included. The proposed rate for 2011-12 per apartment for unfurnished is only slightly less than for furnished.

Creekside Village is a two-bedroom townhouse complex on campus that houses only graduate students. These apartments are fully furnished and utilities are included. The proposed rate for 2011-12 is offered as a per person rate.

Flint Village and South Lake Village are apartment complexes located on campus and are fully furnished. They house both graduate and undergraduate students in four-bedroom, 2-bedroom, single, and studio apartments. The rents include all utilities. For 2011-12, proposed rents are offered on a per student, per month basis. Students should visit the Web site at for current, detailed information.

Student Group

The total enrollment of 29,246 consists of 15,345 men and 13,901 women. Graduate students number 9,645. The student body includes representatives from more than 111 countries.


Buffalo is a Great Lakes city on an international border with a metropolitan population of more than 1 million. It is a city of friendly neighborhoods with big-city recreation for all tastes: professional sports (football, hockey, lacrosse, and Triple-A baseball), the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, a celebrated theater district, world-class art galleries and museums, and a lively club scene. Buffalo enjoys four distinct seasons in a dramatic setting on Lake Erie and the Niagara River. Skiing, hiking, camping, sailing, boating, and Lake Erie beaches on both the U.S. and Canadian shores and the natural wonder of Niagara Falls are all nearby.

The University

A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, the University at Buffalo stands in the first rank among the nation's research-intensive public universities. Our thinking, research, creative activity, and people positively impact and change the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking, and pragmatic dreaming that enable us to reach others every day.

The university has three campuses. The South Campus, located in a residential neighborhood in North Buffalo, was designed by E.B. Green, one of America's most respected architects, and has been an important part of the community for generations. It is home to four of the five schools in UB's Academic Health Center and the School of Architecture and Law. The North Campus, developed beginning in the 1970's, is located on 1,200 acres in suburban Amherst and is home to most of the university's non-health sciences divisions. It also is home to apartment-style accommodations for graduate and professional students and their families. UB's growing Downtown Campus includes 6 properties and is slated to grow significantly in the years ahead.' '


Applications should be filed directly with the appropriate department. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online. Deadlines for filing applications vary by department.

Correspondence and Information

Graduate Enrollment Management Services

408 Capen Hall

University of Buffalo, the State University of New York

Buffalo, New York 14260-1606

United States

Phone: 716-645-3482

Fax: 716-645-6998


Graduate and Professional Programs

Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School:

Dr. John Ho, 716-645-2939

Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Graduate School:

Dr. Myron A. Thompson, 716-645-2939

Location & Contact

Graduate School

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

408 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
United States

Dr. Myron Thompson

Associate Provost/Executive Director

Phone: 716-645-2939
Fax: 716-645-6142

Mr. Christopher Connor

Assistant Dean of Graduate Enrollment Management Services

Phone: 716-645-3482
Fax: 716-645-6998

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Architecture Master's
    • Art/Fine Arts Master's
    • Business Administration And Management--General Master's
    • Dentistry Doctorate
    • Education--General Certificate
    • Engineering And Applied Sciences--General Master's
    • Humanities Master's
    • Law Master's
    • Library Science Master's
    • Music Master's
    • Nursing--General Doctorate
    • Pharmacy Doctorate
    • Philosophy Doctorate
    • Public Health--General Master's
    • Social Work Master's
    • Urban And Regional Planning Master's
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 2178
    • Doctoral Degrees 553
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 146
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


31% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 28,935
    • Accepted 8,987
    • Acceptance Rate 31
    • Enrolled 3,512
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships, stipends

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students11934
    • Female Percentage49%
    • Male Percentage51%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students11934
    • Part-time Percentage22%
    • Full-time Percentage78%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian69%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown12%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,876
    • Full-time Percentage89%
    • Part-time Percentage11%
    • Female Percentage37%
    • Male Percentage63%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchNot Reported
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$254,225,671





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