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

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

Buffalo, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
55 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Programs of Study

The graduate school offers 141 master's degree programs, 88 doctoral degree programs, 4 professional programs, and 64 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 program, one 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 program 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 (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 US, the Center for Computational Research (CCR).

Many investigative centers and institutes are part of a research enterprise that exceeded $385 million in expenditures in 2014. In addition to governmental and private foundation support for research, UB receives considerable industrial support through research collaborations. Leading-edge interdisciplinary research centers integrating the fields of medicine, engineering, physical sciences, social sciences and humanities provide students from around the world with a unique environment to conduct research at the interfaces of disciplines. Some examples include the Humanities Institute; BioXFEL, a National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology Center; the 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 Analysis; and the 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, is located on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus. This center is funded by a prestigious National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award. The interdisciplinary initiative designated RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment, and Water) was established recently. RENEW brings together over 120 faculty members to tackle the most pressing societal issues in trying to create a more sustainable world.

Other specialized centers include the Center for Studies in American Culture; the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy; the Center for 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 Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender; the 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.

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. 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's on-campus housing is home to more than 7600 students each year. The university has housing designed to meet the needs of today's academically focused student.

For those interested in academic year Agreements, the university has both residence hall and apartment housing available. This housing is available for both graduate and undergraduate students and spaces range from individual single bedrooms to 4 person quads. Agreements in these areas start in late August and conclude in early May.

For those students looking for full-year housing options, the university offers apartment options ranging from two bedroom to studio units. Agreements in these apartment complexes start in early August and conclude at the end of July.

Housing on-campus is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information about on-campus housing, including rates, floor plans, and ways to apply, visit the website at

Student Group

The total enrollment of 30,141 consists of 16,091 men and 14,050 women. Graduate students number 9,931. The student body includes representatives from more than 110 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 US and Canadian shores and the natural wonder of Niagara Falls are all nearby.

The University

The University at Buffalo is a premier research university and is New York's most comprehensive public center for graduate and professional education. 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 of Buffalo all encompass the world. With extensive international programs and a campus community enriched by a large population of international students and faculty members, the reach is truly global.

UB houses a wide array of research institutes, centers, and laboratories. The research projects of these units and of individual faculty members expend nearly $350 million annually in funds from federal and state agencies, foundations, and industrial research partners.

The University has three campuses

The South Campus, located on the north side of 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 is located in suburban Amherst and is home to most of UB's non-health science divisions. Its 125 buildings include state-of-the art academic and research spaces, apartments for graduate and professional students and their families, the Student Union, athletics venues, and abundant green spaces. The Downtown Campus is creating a cutting-edge center for teaching, research, and clinical care. Most of the Downtown Campus buildings are located on or near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. They include the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (home to the Center for Computational Research), Roswell Park Cancer Institute, as well as a new 10-story building constructed in partnership with the region's largest hospital network that houses UB's Clinical and Translational Research Center and the UB Biosciences Incubator.


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

402 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. Graham Hammill, 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
    • Advanced Certificate
      Certificate/Master of Education (Certificate/Ed M)
      Doctor of Audiology (Au D)
      Doctor of Audiology/Master of Business Administration (Au D/MBA)
      Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
      Doctor of Dental Surgery/Master of Business Administration (DDS/MBA)
      Doctor of Education (Ed D)
      Doctor of Medicine (MD)
      Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
      Doctor of Medicine/Master of Business Administration (MD/MBA)
      Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH)
      Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D)
      Doctor of Pharmacy/Doctor of Philosophy (Pharm D/PhD)
      Doctor of Pharmacy/Juris Doctor (Pharm D/JD)
      Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration (Pharm D/MBA)
      Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health (Pharm D/MPH)
      Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Science (Pharm D/MS)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
      Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)
      Juris Doctor (JD)
      Juris Doctor/Doctor of Philosophy (JD/PhD)
      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)
      Master of Architecture (M Arch)
      Master of Architecture/Master of Business Administration (M Arch/MBA)
      Master of Architecture/Master of Fine Arts (M Arch/MFA)
      Master of Architecture/Master of Urban Planning (M Arch/MUP)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Arts in Humanities (MAH)
      Master of Arts/Master of Business Administration (MA/MBA)
      Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of Social Work (MBA/MSW)
      Master of Education (Ed M)
      Master of Engineering (ME)
      Master of Engineering (M Eng)
      Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
      Master of Laws (LL M)
      Master of Laws/Master of Laws (LL M/LL M)
      Master of Library Science (MLS)
      Master of Music (MM)
      Master of Public Health (MPH)
      Master of Public Health/Master of Business Administration (MPH/MBA)
      Master of Public Health/Master of Social Work (MPH/MSW)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Master of Social Work (MSW)
      Master of Social Work/Doctor of Philosophy (MSW/PhD)
      Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA)
      Master of Urban Planning (MUP)
      Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 3363
    • Doctoral Degrees 1686
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 217
    • * 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


23% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 28,877
    • Accepted 6,672
    • Acceptance Rate 23
    • Enrolled 3,465
  • 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 *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • 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 Faculty1,837
    • Full-time Percentage88%
    • Part-time Percentage12%
    • Female Percentage35%
    • Male Percentage65%


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