Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Admission Classifications

Degree (Matriculated) Student a student who has been accepted for matriculation in a master’s degree, graduate certificate or certificate of advanced study. An adviser appointed by the department chair develops the student’s program of study in consultation with the student. All matriculated students in good standing move automatically to Candidacy after 12 credits. Those students moved to Candidacy are considered officially eligible for a degree because they have been cleared of all provisions and have demonstrated academic achievement suitable for a master’s degree. See Candidacy for more information.

Premajor (Nonmatriculated) Student a student who has been accepted to premajor status instead of the matriculated major due to a deficiency in admission credentials as determined by the academic department. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be applied toward degree requirements upon approval of the major department. Admission in this status does not imply or guarantee admission to a master’s degree or certificate of advanced study program. Students accepted in this status may register for coursework with open seating only. Premajor students who wish to matriculate into a major must apply online to the appropriate master's program (unless otherwise directed by the academic department) once all admission deficiencies have been removed. Admission to some departments is not automatic.

Postbaccalaureate Teacher Certification Program (Nonmatriculated) Student (Undergraduate Status) a student who has earned a baccalaureate degree in a teaching-related content area (or equivalent coursework) from an accredited college or university and intends to complete required coursework for New York State teaching certification eligibility.

Some teacher certification programs may include only undergraduate courses, while others may require coursework at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. If graduate coursework is completed during the certification program and with the approval of the department, these credit hours may be applied toward a master’s degree program.

After successfully completing the teacher certification program, students are eligible to apply online for New York State certification at www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach. Contact the Teacher Certification Office, Chase Hall 222, with questions. No degree or certification is awarded by Buffalo State.

Admission in this status does not imply or guarantee admission to a master’s degree program. Students must apply for admission to the appropriate master’s program; admission is not automatic upon completion of the teacher certification program.

Nondegree (Nonmatriculated) Student a student who has obtained a bachelor’s degree and who wishes to enroll in graduate coursework for reasons other than completing a master’s degree, graduate certificate, or certificate of advanced study. A student who has missed the application deadline for matriculation in a master’s or certificate program may also apply for nondegree status. Students denied admission to a degree program may apply for nondegree status.

All students are advised that a maximum of 6 credit hours taken as a nondegree student may be applied toward degree requirements upon approval of the major department.

Not all programs/departments permit nondegree students to take coursework intended for their graduate degree students. Preference will be given to students matriculated in degree programs. Therefore, registration for all nondegree students is on a space-available basis only.

Acceptance in this status does not imply or guarantee admission to a graduate degree program. Coursework may not be applicable to a degree program; department approval is required.

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Graduate Programs by School

Adult Education (M.S. and Graduate Certificate)

Applied Economics (M.A.)

Art Conservation (M.A. and C.A.S.)

Art Education (M.S.Ed.)

Art Education (PTCP)

Biology (M.A.)

Biology Education (7–12, M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (M.S.Ed.)

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)

Chemistry Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 6; M.S.Ed.)

Creative Studies (M.S.)

Creativity and Change Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Earth Science Education (7-12), M.S.Ed.


Educational Technology (M.S.Ed.)

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building & District

English (M.A.)

English Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

English Education (7–12; PTCP)

Foreign Language Education (1-6 Extension; 7-12) (M.S.Ed.)

Forensic Science (M.S.)

French Education (7–12; PTCP)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.A.)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.S.)

Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (M.S.)

History (M.A.)

Human Resource Development (Graduate Certificate)

Industrial Technology (M.S.)

Literacy Specialist (Birth Through Grade 12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12; 5–6 Extension; PTCP)

Multidisciplinary Studies (M.A. and M.S.)

Museum Studies (M.A.)

Museum Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Music Education (M.M.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed. with Alternative Certification)

Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (M.S.)

Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (M.P.A.)

Public Management (Graduate Certificate)

Public Relations M.S.

Science Education (M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7-12; 5-6 Extension; PTCP)

Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Technology Education (M.S.Ed.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Guide to Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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