Graduation Requirements

Go to the Graduation Preparation section of the Registrar's website. Link to the undergraduate degree application and downloaded. Print and complete the application. Mail or hand deliver your completed application to the Registrar's Office, Moot Hall Moot Hall 210, 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222.

All students expecting to qualify for a degree must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. File application with the Registrar's Office, Moot Hall, by the specified date. Failure to make application before the date may eliminate the student from the commencement program and delay the granting of the degree.
  2. Students must meet all financial obligations to the college and return all college property.
  3. Students must meet all curricular requirements. They must have completed the prescribed curriculum for their major. If requirements have changed since they were admitted to a program, they may choose to graduate under the old or new requirements.

    a.   Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework taken at the college.  The minimum cumulative GPA for the courses taken in the major field must also be 2.0

    b.   Students must complete the 42-66 credit hours of general education requirements.

    c.   All candidates must have completed a minimum of 33 credit hours of upper-division coursework, courses generally considered advanced and numbered 300-499.

    d.   A minimum of 32 credit hours, including the last 16, must be completed at the college.

    e.   The minimum number of credits required for a baccalaureate degree at Buffalo State is 120, assuming all department, college, and SUNY requirements are met in those 120 credits, for students graduation after September 1, 2005. 

    f.    Students are required to successfully complete two "writing intensive" courses indicated by the designation "W" following the course number.

  4. Education majors leading to certification for teaching in the early childhood and upper-elementary grades must fulfill a drug-education requirement (see page 31) and should file a certification application with the Teacher Certification Office, Caudell Hall 101.
  5. No students will be cleared for graduation until all grades of I, N, or X have been replaced with an appropriate letter grade.