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Our rigorous graduate programs have been designed to build on students’ current skill sets and nurture their career goals. Master’s students typically graduate within two years, doctoral students within six and a half years. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to apply by January 1 to receive priority consideration for scholarships, fellowships, and graduate assistantships.

• Advocacy for Cultural Organizations (Advanced Certificate)
American Studies (MA) (PhD)
Anthropology (MA) (PhD)
Arts Management (MA)
Biological Sciences (MA) (MS) (PhD)
Canadian-American Studies (Advanced Certificate) (MA)
Chemistry (MA) (PhD)
Classics (MA) (PhD)
Communication (MA) (PhD)
Communicative Disorders and Sciences (AuD) (MA) (PhD)
Comparative Literature (MA) (PhD)
Contemporary Music Performance (Advanced Certificate)
Critical Museum Studies (MA)
Dance (MFA)
• Data Analysis in the Social Sciences (Advanced Certificate)
• Econometrics and Quantitative Economics (MS)
Economics (BA/MA) (BA/MS) (MA) (MS) (PhD)
English (BA/MA) (MA) (PhD)
Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior (MS) (PhD)
Fine Arts (MFA)
French Language and Literature (MA) (PhD)
Geographic Information Science (MS)
Geography (MA) (MS) (PhD)
Geological Sciences (MA) (MS) (PhD)
Global Gender Studies (MA) (PhD)
Historical Musicology and Music Theory (PhD)
History (Advanced Certificate) (MA) (PhD)
Humanities Interdisciplinary (MA)
Humanities Interdisciplinary: Disability Studies (MA)
Humanities Interdisciplinary: Film and Media Study (MA)
Innovative Writing (Advanced Certificate)
International Trade (MA)
Linguistics (MA) (PhD)
Mathematics (BA/MA) (MA) (PhD)
Media Arts Production (MFA)
Media Study (PhD)
Medicinal Chemistry (BS/MS) (MS) (PhD)
Music Composition (MA) (PhD)
Music History (MA)
Music Performance (MM)
Music Theory (MA)
Natural Science Interdisciplinary (MS)
Natural Science Interdisciplinary: Computational Linguistics (MS)
New Media Design (Advanced Certificate)
Philosophy (MA) (PhD)
Physics (MS) (PhD)
Political Science (MA) (PhD)
Professional Science Management (Advanced Certificate)
• Professional Writing and Digital Communications (Advanced Certificate)
Psychology (MA)
Psychology: Behavioral Neuroscience (PhD)
Psychology: Clinical (PhD)
Psychology: Cognitive (PhD)
Psychology: Social Personality (PhD)
Social Science Interdisciplinary (MS)
Sociology (BA/MA) (MA) (PhD)
Spanish Language and Literature (MA) (PhD)
Theatre and Performance (MA) (PhD)
Visual Studies (MA) (PhD)

Chat with a graduate enrollment advisor or schedule a campus tour to learn more about starting something big at the UB College of Arts and Sciences.  

The University at Buffalo (UB) is a nationally ranked AAU institution and the most comprehensive public research university in New York State. For over a century, the College of Arts and Sciences has served as the center of academic excellence and radical innovation at the heart of UB. Our vibrant cohort of graduate students work side-by-side with faculty experts in state-of-the-art facilities in pursuit of intellectual passion, technological advancement, and solutions to urgent global problems. 

Strength and breadth
Comprising 27 departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics, as well as 16 special programs and 23 centers and institutes, the College is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus. More than 450 dedicated faculty members, including 27 SUNY Distinguished Professors, prepare over 1,600 graduate students per year to become the critical thinkers and compassionate leaders so vital to our ever-evolving society.

When deciding between nearly 100 master’s and doctoral degree options, we encourage our graduate students to think beyond their undergraduate degree and follow the paths of research and discovery that most excite them. The College also offers several multidisciplinary advanced certificates, which serve to identify highly valuable applicants in an increasingly competitive job market.

Experience your education
Hands-on learning is vital to the College’s mission. These experiences amplify our students’ education and further their professional development while shaping them to become engaged and proactive citizens. Our graduate students circle the globe, conducting research on pressing issues like climate change, addiction, groundwater supply, population growth, and the refugee crisis. At home in Buffalo, students create and perform on a world-class stage, embraced by a city that has long-championed artistic experimentation. UB also hosts some of the most brilliant minds in recent history; distinguished visitors to our campus include Malala Yousafzai, Margaret Atwood, Bill Nye, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Barack Obama.

Success that shows
When our students succeed, they change the world. From high-level posts with corporations like Google and Twitter to tenure-track positions at leading educational institutions to nonprofit work in sustainability, preservation, arts and culture, and digital scholarship, the diversity of opportunity is boundless.

Global support network
College alumni number over 100,000 members, a massive network composed of internationally recognized researchers, scientists, and educators; pioneering business leaders; prominent writers and journalists; celebrated musicians and composers; and award-winning film directors, actors, artists, and designers. Each new graduating class benefits from this tremendous legacy and the influential connections of their alumni peers.

City of Good Neighbors
Spread across three beautiful campuses, UB has always formed a major part of Buffalo’s backbone. With a low cost of living and community resources like the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, and the recently renovated Canalside recreation area, plus easy access to Niagara Falls and Toronto, the City of Good Neighbors is an ideal place to call home.

Your place is here
At the College of Arts and Sciences, we recognize that our graduate students are among the most dedicated, hard-working, and talented individuals on any university campus, and we know that game changers and world builders walk among us. In return for your commitment, here is ours: to the best of our ability, we will provide you with the faculty, resources, and support you require to complete your degree and achieve success on your terms. Learn how today.

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188 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
African American Studies              
African Studies              
American Studies            
Art History                
Art and Fine Arts              
Arts Management                
Asian Studies              
Biological and Physical Sciences              
Botany and Plant Sciences              
Cancer Biology & Oncology                
Cell & Molecular Biology              
Clinical Psychology              
Cognitive Psychology              
Communication Sci & Disorders              
Communication Studies              
Comparative Literature            
Conservation Biology              
Creative Writing              
Cultural & Demographic Studies              
Developmental Biology              
Environmental Science            
Environmental Studies            
European Studies              
Evolutionary Biology              
Film Studies                
Foreign Languages            
Geographic Information Systems            
Interdisciplinary Studies              
International Affairs                
International Business              
International Studies                
International Trade              
Interpersonal Communication              
Jewish Studies                
Latin American Studies              
Liberal Arts & Sciences              
Liberal Studies              
Media Studies              
Medicinal Chemistry            
Modern & Romance Languages              
Museum Studies                
Native Studies              
New Media Studies              
Plant Physiology              
Political Science            
Professional Writing              
Psychology - General              
Science - Other            
Social Sciences            
Social/Personality Psychology              
Speech Pathology              
Technical Communication            
Theater and Drama              
Women's Studies              
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