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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 grad.buffalo.edu. Application deadlines vary; please check department websites for specific application information.
Correspondence and Information
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Degrees & Awards
Tuition & Fees
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|Black or African American||4.08%|
|White or Caucasian||46%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.28%|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||Not Reported|
|Two or more races||1.49%|