Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017


Degree Candidacy is a status students receive after the successful completion of 12 credits at Buffalo State. By this time, all provisions that were stipulated at the time of admission must be removed, and students must be in good academic standing. (NOTE: Not all students have provisions placed on their record at the time of admission.) Students are automatically moved to Candidacy unless provisions have not been removed or there are holds on the student record.

Various departments in the Graduate School use a Degree Candidacy Application as a tool for students and advisers to map out a course of study and for advisement purposes. Students must complete the application in consultation with their adviser; it will include course planning, preparation for the capstone experience, and professional development in relation to the degree, graduate certificate, or certificate of advanced study sought.

Degree candidacy applications are available from the academic department and are listed on the Graduate School website: http://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/candidacy-forms. Program requirements include:

  1. Completion of at least 6 credit hours of graduate-level coursework at Buffalo State.
  2. Completion of all required prerequisite courses.
  3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B grade) in all graduate-level coursework. No grade lower than a C grade (2.0) is acceptable to meet degree requirements.
  4. Removal of all deficiencies and incomplete (I) grades.
  5. If requesting transfer credit, the transfer course(s) should be indicated on both the candidacy form and in the transfer section. (For other policies affecting transfer credit, see the Transfer Credit section below.) See policy under Transfer Credit.
  6. A minimum of 15 credit hours of coursework at the 600- or 700-level is required in all degree programs.
  7. A maximum of 6 credit hours of independent study (XXX 590) may be included in a degree program.
  8. Coursework taken to fulfill degree requirements for one master’s degree may not be applied to another master’s degree. The same holds true for Certificates of Advanced Study. Graduate Certificate credits cannot be applied to another Certificate, but they can be applied to a master’s degree.
  9. A maximum of 6 credit hours of special topics (XXX 587), workshops (XXX 594), conferences (XXX 596), and microcourses (XXX 598) may be included in a master's degree program.

Students should periodically check with advisers to review the anticipated completion dates.

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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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