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

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

Buffalo, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
July 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
7 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Graduate nursing programs at the University at Buffalo

Nursing graduate programs at the University at Buffalo prepare qualified nurses for leadership roles in clinical specialty areas, health care management, and research.

Students in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing degree program gain the research skills necessary to contribute to theory generation, hypothesis testing, and knowledge development. Their counterparts in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program gain the knowledge of evidence-based clinical practice and leadership skills to advance nursing practice and improve patient outcomes.

Students in the Master's Program in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems gain the expertise to undertake middle and upper management positions in diverse health care systems and settings.

Post-baccalaureate Doctor of Philosophy degree program

The 79-credit Post-Baccalaureate PhD in Nursing degree program provides comprehensive education in a flexible format, thus making it ideal for working professionals. The program can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis; required courses are offered online; and classes, events, and meetings are conducted via video-conferencing.

Furthermore, students are encouraged to join research teams to discuss relevant topics and generate research ideas. They may also enroll in first year courses with DNP students, which allows for collaboration on research and practice endeavors.

Post-Master's Doctor of Philosophy degree program

The Post-Master's PhD in Nursing degree program consists of 57 credit hours beyond the Master of Science in Nursing degree program.

The program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. Therefore, it can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis, classes are held just two days per week, and required courses can be completed online.

Additionally, the program is implemented in a collaborative learning environment that includes teams of faculty members whose research interests are compatible with students, group meetings, and guest speakers. This aids students in developing their research interests and conducting outstanding research.

Post-Baccalaureate DNP degree program

The Post-Baccalaureate DNP degree program can be completed in three years of full-time study and up to seven years of part-time study. It has four specialties: adult gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric / mental health nurse practitioner, and nurse anesthesia.

In addition to specialty courses, the program's curriculum includes foundational core, analytical core, and advanced practice core courses. Advanced practice core courses include clinical practicums as well as a capstone project and related courses.

Post-Master's DNP degree program

The Post-Master's DNP degree program -- a part-time, online degree program -- allows students to earn doctoral degrees while pursuing their careers. Its curriculum provides ground-breaking knowledge about health policy, informatics, leadership, organizational behavior, and program evaluation. The curriculum also emphasizes the development of evidence-based knowledge to improve practice outcomes at the system, population, and individual levels.

Specialty areas include adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric / mental health nurse practitioner, nurse anesthesia, adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, child health nurse practitioner, and women's health nurse practitioner.

Master's in Nursing Leadership degree program

The Master's in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems degree program is designed for registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees. Its curriculum consists of 44 credits of coursework including four practicums and courses in scientific writing, grantsmanship, program evaluation, and health care policy.

Financial aid at the University at Buffalo

Graduate nursing students at the University at Buffalo may qualify for federal and state loans. They may also receive UB scholarships, fellowships, and grants such as Petsan Doctoral Scholarships, Endowed School of Nursing Scholarships, Federal Traineeship Awards, Nurse Faculty Loans, and Presidential Fellowships.

In addition, graduate students may obtain teaching or research assistantships that include tuition scholarships and stipends.

The School of Nursing at the University at Buffalo

The School of Nursing at the University at Buffalo cultivates nurse leaders who improve health outcomes and strengthen community health on the local, national, and global levels.

Its rigorous undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students for all areas of the field: generalist and advanced nursing practice, nursing research and education, and nursing leadership and management.

According to "US News and World Report," the University at Buffalo School of Nursing ranks within the top 20% of undergraduate and graduate nursing schools in the country.

Distinguished faculty members

Nursing faculty members are talented teachers, mentors, researchers, and practitioners who conduct innovative research on a variety of health issues.

Davina Porock, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and Executive Director of the Institute for Person-Centered Care is a nationally and internationally known researcher who focuses on the care of elders with life limiting conditions, specifically the transition to end of life care.

For example, Tammy Austin-Ketch, PhD, RN, FNP-C, FAANP, director of the MS/DNP degree program and clinical professor, has published in the areas of cancer survivorship, metabolic syndrome, stress disorders, and vulnerable health populations.

The University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo was established in 1846. It is a research-intensive, AAU affiliated university and the largest institution in the State University of New York's 64-campus system.

It has 13 schools and colleges; nearly 30,000 students; and close to 400 undergraduate, master's, doctoral, and professional programs. UB is located in Buffalo, New York, in the northeastern region of the United States.

Buffalo, New York

Buffalo, the second largest city in New York State, is a thriving metropolis with diverse people and communities.

Its many cultural and recreational offerings include concerts at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, eclectic shopping venues in Elmwood Village, trendy nightlife on Hertel Avenue, fun events like the National Buffalo Wing Festival, and iconic attractions like Niagara Falls.

Location & Contact

School of Nursing

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214
United States

Dr. Marsha Lewis

Dean and Professor

Phone: 716-829-2533
Fax: 716-829-2566

Office of Student Affairs  

Phone: 716-829-2537
Fax: 716-829-2067

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Nursing Education Certificate
    • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    • Family Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    • Nurse Anesthetist Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    • Nursing Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Health Care Systems And Leadership Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 31
    • Doctoral Degrees 6
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * 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? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


71% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 98
    • Accepted 70
    • Acceptance Rate 71
    • Enrolled 65
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 1st April 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE or MAT
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE or MAT, minimum GPA of 3.0 (for DNP), 3.25 (for PhD); RN license; BS or MS in nursing; 3 references; writing sample
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced Degreesinterview, minimum GPA of 3.0 or GRE General Test, and RN license, MS in nursing
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

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 awardsMarch 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Health Care Benefits, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students189
    • Female Percentage79%
    • Male Percentage21%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students189
    • Part-time Percentage62%
    • Full-time Percentage38%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American11%
    • White / Caucasian65%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander1%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown13%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty28
    • Full-time Percentage93%
    • Part-time Percentage7%
    • Female Percentage89%
    • Male Percentage11%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchOncology, palliative care, gerontology, addictions, mental health, community wellness, sleep, workforce, care of underserved populations, quality and safety, person-centered care, adolescent health
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$1,378,000