Graduate School Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 Semester

Looking to advance your career? Consider pursuing a graduate degree from Buffalo State. Applications are being accepted now for the fall 2016 semester. More than 60 graduate programs are offered in a variety of areas, including a new master of science degree in public relations and a multidisciplinary program with a focus in data analytics. A graduate seminar about urban sustainability in Buffalo will also be offered.

M.S. in Public Relations Degree

Buffalo State has launched its new master of science degree in public relations for fall 2016. This 33-credit-hour degree program, intended for part-time study, will prepare graduate students for a wide range of careers in public relations. Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2016 semester. Learn more.

Questions? Contact Dr. Deborah Silverman, program coordinator, at

Data Analytics

The data being collected everywhere in our lives has been hailed as the oil of the 21st century. The need to understand and effectively utilize data has generated a demand for skilled data analysts.

Data Analytics Conference

Data analytics is one of the fastest growing skill areas leading to excellent jobs in a variety of fields, including but not limited to business, industry, health, and education. Individuals with an interest in data analytics can take three newly-developed data sciences/analytics courses this fall at Buffalo State.

Also, they can develop an individualized plan of study, with advisement, through the Multidisciplinary Program in the Graduate School at Buffalo State. Those who have an interest in data science and data analytics also can take courses as a non-degree student.

For the fall 2016 semester, three courses related to data analytics will be offered:

  • CIS 512: Introduction to Data Science and Analytics
  • BUS 688: Data Science for Competitive Advantage
  • MAT 616: Elements of Mathematics, Programming and Computer Science for Data

For information about the specific data analytics courses, please contact Dr. Barbara Sherman, chair of the Computer Information Systems Department, (716) 878-4925 or

Graduate Seminar: "Issues in Urban Sustainability: Buffalo"

Buffalo State is offering a new and timely three-credit special topics graduate seminar for the fall 2016 semester called “Issues in Urban Sustainability: Buffalo” (SOC 587 CRN:4538). It’s scheduled for Mondays from 6 – 8:40 p.m.

The seminar will examine the sociopolitical, practical, and ethical dimensions of emerging global, national, and local sustainability issues – with special attention to considering how to appropriately respond to urban sustainability issues in the Buffalo area.

This course will operate in conjunction with a public lecture series, “Toward a Sustainable Buffalo,” which will feature community leaders, politicians, academics, and other experts who will provide information about environmental, economic, social, and political sustainability issues in our area and will provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussing how to make forward progress in addressing those issues.

Dr. Justin Donhauser will be teaching the seminar. He is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Western Ontario, an alumnus of the NSF endowed Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE-IGERT) Ph.D. program at the University of Buffalo, a BSC WNYSLC Service-learning Faculty Fellow, and a recipient of a 2015-2016 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence. His recent research includes projects that investigate how ecological and climate science research methods can inform public policy and resource management strategy decision-making, as well as projects that analyze institutional responses to climate change.

For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Donhauser at

Individuals may take this seminar as a non-degree seeking student, a Multidisciplinary Studies graduate student, or, with advisor approval, as an elective in a Master’s Degree program.

How to Apply

Application details for the Graduate School can be found here. For more information for applying to the Graduate School, contact Dr. Kimberly Jackson, program coordinator at (716) 878-5601 or

Originally posted: July 2016