Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Dean's Message

Welcome to the Graduate School at Buffalo State!

Buffalo State has a proud tradition of offering graduate programs since 1945 and currently offers a wide array of exceptional academic opportunities through its distinctive graduate degree and certificate programs. Graduate faculty are keenly aware of the importance of research, scholarship, and creativity and are engaged in active, interdisciplinary research that involves student collaborators and leads to publication, exhibitions, and awards.

What you will find at Buffalo State is a wide assortment of distinctive programs that provide students with current theory and advanced training for real-word application. Historically well known for our excellent teacher education programs, Buffalo State has become an institution with a comprehensive set of traditional and applied graduate programs. From English and history, to art conservation, museum studies, and creative studies, to public relations, public administration, criminal justice, and speech language pathology, to applied math, forensic science, Great Lakes Ecosystems Science and biology, Buffalo State offers a rich array of opportunities that provide practical training and skills to advance in today’s competitive job market.

Buffalo State undergraduate students can take advantage of a growing number of 4+1 Pathway offerings through select academic departments. These undergraduate-to-graduate accelerated degree pathways provide qualified students with an early start to graduate study, financial cost savings, early graduate degree completion, and more.

Members of the graduate faculty maintain an ambitious research agenda and are responsible for generating more than $30 million in research funds and grants. Other faculty members conduct applied research, publish articles and books, and work alongside community partners to effect change in local institutions and communities. This collective record positions Buffalo State as a leader in scholarly research and service in comparison to other master’s-granting institutions across the state. Importantly, our faculty members also are committed to assisting graduate students in perfecting skills in their chosen fields of study. Our small classes promote productive faculty-student interactions, and provide ample opportunities for both professional and personal mentoring characteristic of the best graduate programs in the nation.

Upon matriculation graduate students become members of the Graduate Student Association (GSA). The GSA provides networking opportunities, and financial support for research, scholarly projects, and travel to professional conferences. It also sponsors a research fair every year in May. Buffalo State is the only comprehensive college in SUNY with a standalone GSA.

The Graduate School is located in Cleveland Hall 204 and serves as the hub for information about our graduate programs here at Buffalo State. A talented, caring staff is always welcoming—always ready and willing to assist students with the multitude of questions surrounding graduate programs and policies whether they concern applications, admission, program information, graduate assistantships, fellowships, or graduation requirements.

Please know that students are encouraged to seek assistance from any of the talented Graduate School staff. They and I look forward to assisting you in whatever ways we can.

I am pleased to welcome you to our vibrant graduate community.

Kevin J. Miller, Ed.D.
Interim Dean,
The Graduate School

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Graduate Programs at Buffalo State

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


Graduate Faculty