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Programs of Study

The University at Buffalo provides abundant opportunities for graduate and professional study, with more than 205 master’s degree programs and more than 90 doctoral degree programs offered by 13 schools and colleges.

Admissions decisions are made by individual departments, and each program has its own admissions requirements, assessment of satisfactory student progress, and mandates for satisfactory degree completion offered under a broad institutional mandate for excellence.

As a Research I university, UB offers its students significant exposure to high-level, interdisciplinary research that leads to new cures, stronger materials, healthier populations and thousands of other improvements. In this research-driven culture, students have the unique benefit of working alongside distinguished faculty inside the lab and out in the real world.

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

Research Facilities

The University at Buffalo is a flagship institution that joins 61 other prestigious institutions as a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Through access to robust facilities that empower and enable discovery, UB students can address any challenge they want and leave with the actionable understanding needed to advance and inform society.

Many investigative centers and institutes are part of an enterprise that exceeded $401 million in research expenditures in 2017. Leading-edge interdisciplinary research centers integrating the fields of medicine, engineering, physical sciences, social sciences and humanities provide students with a unique environment in which to conduct research. Some examples include the Humanities Institute; BioXFEL, a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center; the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences; the Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics; the Research Institute on Addictions; the Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics; the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors; the Clinical and Translational Research Center; and the interdisciplinary initiative designated RENEW (Research and Education in Energy, Environment and Water).

UB’s innovative Communities of Excellence address critical societal challenges through interdisciplinary research, education and engagement. The Communities of Excellence are a platform for faculty teams to collaborate and push the boundaries of knowledge and understanding in the focus areas of sustainable manufacturing, health equity and the microbiome.

Other specialized centers include the Center for Studies in American Culture; the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy; the Center on Rehabilitation Synergy; the Regional Institute; the Center for Excellence in Global Enterprise Management; the Great Lakes Institute; the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis; the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access; the Gender Institute; the Institute on Healthcare Informatics; and the Center for Protein Therapeutics.

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.

At UB, talented graduate students can receive specialized support through the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships, which helps students to identify and compete for prestigious awards and funding opportunities.

A limited number of Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP) Tuition Scholarships are available to students who participated in undergraduate EOP, HEOP or SEEK programs. Students should contact the department for information and applications.

Cost of Study

As a top-ranked public university, UB offers an excellent education at a tuition that’s a fraction of the cost of its peers. Full-time and part-time tuition for in-state residents is less costly than for non-residents, but UB’s cost of attendance is competitive with many in-state tuition rates nationwide. All tuition rates are subject to adjustment by the Board of Trustees.

Living and Housing Costs

UB offers both residence hall and apartment housing for graduate students. Spaces range from individual single bedrooms to four-person quads with options for married students and students with families. Housing is available for full-year and academic-year terms.

On-campus housing is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about rates, floor plans and ways to apply, visit the Campus Living website.

Student Group

UB’s student population of 30,648 includes 9,628 graduate students. Its student body is 54 percent male and 46 percent female. There are 49 states represented on campus, as well as 109 countries. More than 50 percent of UB’s student body is African-American, Asian-American, Latino/a, Native American, Pacific Islander or multiracial.


Buffalo is a historic city on the rise, situated on an international border and poised to capitalize on the momentum brought on by its current renaissance. It is a mid-sized city with all the benefits of big-city living, including professional sports, a celebrated theater district, world-class art galleries and museums and a lively cultural scene. Skiing, hiking, camping, sailing, boating, beaches and the natural wonder of Niagara Falls are within close driving distance.

The University

With a reputation built on its commitment to excellence, UB is consistently recognized as a top 50 public university (U.S. News & World Report) and the No. 1 public university in New York State (Wall Street Journal). The university attracts exceptional students who are curious, engaged with their studies and determined to succeed while making a difference in the world.

The research, thinking and creative activity at the University at Buffalo extend beyond campus borders to the world at large. With extensive international programs and a campus community enriched by a large population of international students and faculty members, UB’s reach is truly global.

Three Campuses

Between UB’s three campuses, the university encompasses nearly 1,250 combined acres and 200 buildings. The South Campus, located in the City of Buffalo, is a Western New York landmark. It is home to the schools of Architecture and Planning, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions and Nursing. The North Campus, located in suburban Amherst, is home to most of UB's non-health science divisions. Its facilities include state-of-the-art academic and research spaces, residence halls and apartments, the Student Union, athletic venues and abundant green space. The Downtown Campus brings superior medical education and clinical care, as well as pioneering research, into the heart of Buffalo’s medical corridor. UB’s presence in this area also includes the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (home to the Center for Computational Research), Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, UB's Clinical and Translational Research Center and the UB Biosciences Incubator.

How to Apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at Application deadlines vary; please check department websites for specific application information.

Correspondence and Information

The Graduate School
408 Capen Hall
University at Buffalo, the State University of New York
Buffalo, New York 14260-1606
United States

Phone: 716-645-2923
Fax: 716-645-6142



Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Education (Ed M)
Juris Doctor (JD)
Master of Library Science (MLS)
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Master of Science (MS)
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Doctor of Audiology (Au D)
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Doctor of Education (Ed D)
Master of Social Work/Doctor of Philosophy (MSW/PhD)
Master of Laws/Master of Laws (LL M/LL M)
Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Juris Doctor/Master of Arts (JD/MA)
Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
Juris Doctor/Master of Library Science (JD/MLS)
Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work (JD/MSW)
Juris Doctor/Master of Urban Planning (JD/MUP)
Juris Doctor/Doctor of Philosophy (JD/PhD)
Master of Laws (LL M)
Master of Architecture (M Arch)
Master of Architecture/Master of Business Administration (M Arch/MBA)
Master of Architecture/Master of Urban Planning (M Arch/MUP)
Master of Engineering (M Eng)
Master of Arts/Master of Business Administration (MA/MBA)
Master of Arts in Humanities (MAH)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Social Work (MBA/MSW)
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Doctor of Medicine/Master of Business Administration (MD/MBA)
Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH)
Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
Master of Music (MM)
Master of Public Health/Master of Business Administration (MPH/MBA)
Master of Public Health/Master of Social Work (MPH/MSW)
Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA)
Master of Urban Planning (MUP)
Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA)
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D)
Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration (Pharm D/MBA)
Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Science (Pharm D/MS)
Doctor of Pharmacy/Doctor of Philosophy (Pharm D/PhD)
Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health (Pharm D/MPH)
Doctor of Pharmacy/Juris Doctor (Pharm D/JD)
Doctor of Audiology/Master of Business Administration (Au D/MBA)
Master of Architecture/Master of Fine Arts (M Arch/MFA)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Certificate/Master of Education (Certificate/Ed M)
Master of Engineering (ME)
(Advanced Certificate)
Doctor of Dental Surgery/Master of Business Administration (DDS/MBA)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 2340
Doctoral Degrees 426
Other Advanced Degrees 638

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes
Terminal master's degree available? Yes


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Entrance Requirements

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 2.91%
Black or African American 4.08%
White or Caucasian 46%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.28%
Asian 7.62%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1.49%
Unknown 6.4%


Male (49%)
Female (50%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 1,675
Part-time - 179
Male (1,166)
Female (688)

Location & Contact

Address 408 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY  14260
United States
Contact Dr. Graham Hammill
Vice Provost for Graduate Education/Dean of the Graduate School
Phone: 716-645-2939
Fax: 716-645-6142

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York