Graduate student in class

How to Apply


Complete Application

Online Application

Please follow the prompts for First Time or Returning users. 

Please note:

  • You can save your work and complete the application later, if needed. 
  • Applications will not be processed until payment is received.

Non-Degree Seeking Application


Submit Application Fee

A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for all SUNY Buffalo State graduate studies applicants. 

Application Fee Exceptions

  • Active Buffalo State graduate students seeking to change their majors
  • Active-duty military, veterans, and their spouses may send a copy of their DD214 (military discharge), military ID, or military spouse ID to to request a fee waiver.
  • EOP, HEOP, SEEK, McNair Scholars, or CSTEP participants. Verification of eligibility required.



Submit Program-Specific Materials (If Required)

Some programs require additional documents (e.g., statement of intent, letters of recommendation, test scores) and/or supplemental application materials. 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to review the individual program admissions requirements before applying to determine if additional materials are required.

Check the graduate program list for specific admission requirements.

Graduate Programs

You may upload these materials through the online application. Some programs require the submission of separate documents which can be provided electronically, mailed to Moot Hall 110, or emailed to


Send Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted. 
  • Physical (paper) transcripts must be received in unopened, sealed envelopes and sent directly to 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Moot Hall 110, Buffalo, NY 14222 or to the applicant.
  • Electronic transcripts must be sent directly to Electronic copies sent from the applicant will not be accepted.

Transcript Exceptions 

  • Buffalo State students are not required to submit transcripts. However, transcripts from all institutions attended must be provided, even if sent at the time of a previous application.
  • Conditional admission may be granted to applicants whose baccalaureate or master's degree have not been conferred or whose grades for the current term have not yet closed at the time of application.
  • Upon confirmation of degree, applicants must send a final official transcript showing the awarding of the degree. Failure to meet this requirement constitutes grounds for a rescission of acceptance and cancellation of course enrollment.

Check Your Application Status

After submission of your application, you will be provided with log in information to access the status portal.

Status Portal

Dates and Deadlines

SUNY Buffalo State University accepts and reviews applications on a rolling basis.

The programs listed below have specific enrollment deadlines.

Buffalo State Graduate School program-specific application deadlines
Program Spring Summer Fall
Art Conservation N/A N/A 1/7
Art Education, K-12 (Master's) Rolling Rolling Rolling
Art Education, PK-12 (initial teaching certificate) 10/1 N/A 4/1
Childhood Education Initial Teaching Certification (Grades 1-6) 11/1* 4/1* 7/1*
Childhood & Early Childhood, Curriculum & Instruction 11/1* 4/1* 7/1*
Creativity & Change Leadership (Certificate) Rolling 4/1* Rolling
Educational Leadership (School Building or School Building/District) 1/1* 5/1* 8/1*
Forensic Science N/A N/A 7/1
Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration Rolling Rolling 1/15*
History 11/1 N/A 4/1
Literacy Specialist, B-12 11/1* 3/1* 5/1*
Music Education (completed apps will be reviewed starting 1/1) N/A 4/1 N/A
Social Studies Education (Master's or initial teaching certificate) 11/1 N/A 4/1
Speech-Language Pathology** N/A N/A 1/15
Teacher Leader 11/1* 5/1* 8/1*

Note About Applications

  1. Submitted materials are the property of the Graduate Studies Office. 

    * Applications submitted after the published deadline will be reviewed based on available space.

    **Speech-Language Pathology applicants should check with the department regarding any CSDCAS application materials and/or deadline.