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Admission is granted jointly by graduate admissions and the academic department in which the student plans to pursue graduate studies. Individual departments establish specific standards by which they judge admission. All program requirements are listed in the program descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements


An approved baccalaureate degree

An approved baccalaureate degree granted by an institution that is accredited by an approved regional accrediting agency.

In accordance with federal regulations, all students (except Buffalo State graduates) are required to submit a final transcript with a degree posted to Buffalo State by the start of their graduate work for financial aid eligibility.


A minimum GPA of 2.5

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in the baccalaureate program or a 3.0 in previous graduate coursework.

If previous institution used the quarter system, credit hours will be converted to semester hours using the following equation:

1 quarter hour = 2/3 (.66) semester hour

2 quarter hours = 1-1/3 (1.33) semester hours

3 quarter hours = 2 semester hours


Entrance exams, if required

Some Buffalo State departments require entrance tests such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT),* or other materials for admission.

These specific program requirements appear in the Graduate Catalog.

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Offered through Continuing and Professional Studies.

Register for MAT

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

You may still submit your Buffalo State graduate application even if you have not yet taken the GRE.

You may complete the GRE requirement during your first semester, if needed.

Submit your score directly to Buffalo State using school code 2533.

Register for GRE