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Why Choose Us?

You’re searching for an exceptional graduate education that will result in the credential and skills you need to take the next step in your academic and professional career. A degree from a top-ranking school like the University at Buffalo will give you just that—as well as plenty of recognition, respect and opportunity.

But, as a thoughtful and ambitious future student, you’re searching for more than impressive rankings and a diploma. You want a meaningful experience.

Our school attracts faculty and students like you—changemakers driven to excel in coursework and research while also positively impacting our communities and the educational spaces we serve. As part of the Graduate School of Education community, you’ll  join these efforts on day one, in and outside the classroom.

Here, you’ll find what other graduate schools promise: high-quality programs, hands-on experience, a beautiful campus, manageable costs and plentiful funding opportunities.

You’ll also find what other schools can’t offer—our people. Our faculty, staff and students are committed to getting to the task at hand, coming together and solving the long-standing equity issues embedded in education. You’ll join a movement to improve educational access and experiences for current and future generations of students.

Are you ready to make positive changes in classrooms, school districts, libraries, service environments, colleges and universities? Does GSE’s mission and vision inspire you? You belong here.

What sets UB's Graduate School of Education apart?

Highly Respected

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Established in 1931

Since GSE was established at the University at Buffalo in 1931, our faculty and students have been involved in dynamic, collaborative and transformative research that has extended well beyond Buffalo. A flagship university, UB was elected as a member of the Association of American Universities, which now comprises 65 research universities that continually advance society through education, research and discovery.

Program Choice

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77 programs

The Buffalo News referred to our UB Teacher Residency Program as the “future of teacher education” for a reason. GSE’s academic programs offer immersive experiences, innovative coursework and excellent instruction with a curriculum that addresses diversity, equity and inclusion. Our four departments offer over 70 program opportunities resulting in advanced certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees, and more.

Experience Gains

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10 centers & institutes

As a GSE student, you’ll gain meaningful experience through internships, teacher residencies and clinical experiences that will allow you to make a difference in your field and within your communities. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in unique GSE events, like the Teach-In for Racial Equity and the Student Research Symposium, among others.

Are you focused on research? GSE’s research centers, institutes and labs allow you to participate in innovative and interdisciplinary research alongside our exceptional faculty.


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Countless Opportunities

Through coursework, mentorship from our award-winning faculty, experiential learning, and collaborative research, students develop a passion for effecting change locally, nationally, and globally. You'll connect with our community of scholars to learn, engage with the communities we serve, and solve real problems in your field.

At UB, you will not only become part of a community but also be encouraged to work in service of surrounding communities. Whether through the Teacher Residency Program, Brainy Bulls K-12 tutoring, or coursework like "Literacy, Access, and Equity: Embracing Diversity to Enrich Our Community," we prioritize community engagement.

Exceptional Scholars

80+ Faculty (and growing)

If you want to be the best, you have to learn from the best. Our distinguished faculty researchers, thought leaders and innovators came to Buffalo from around the world to mentor and teach students like you how to make the world a better place.

Our faculty pride themselves in applying knowledge that is based in theory and informed by research done in environments that promote examination of issues across boundaries. The experiences of our faculty help to instill an intellectual curiosity in students like you and encourage critical inquiry.

Flexible Online Learning

24 Fully Online Programs

As someone juggling competing priorities, you might decide an online program is right for you. At GSE, you’ll find engaging and rigorous online coursework supported by cutting-edge technology. While the delivery of these programs is online, the content is the same high quality curriculum our on-campus students receive.

Online students are a valued part of our community and have the opportunity and access to learn from GSE’s faculty researchers. Tuition is affordable, especially for New York State residents.

Alumni Network

20,000+ Alumni

Once a UB grad, always a UB grad. You have exclusive access to UB’s global alumni network, special events, learning opportunities, and much more.

A degree from the University at Buffalo can take you anywhere — just look at what our graduates have done. Our alumni stand apart in their fields. As a graduate of the Graduate School of Education, you will join a network of over 20,000 alumni who will welcome you everywhere. This network is an invaluable resource of successful professionals.  

Take the next step

The best way to decide if GSE is the right place for you is to connect with our dedicated admissions advisors and our student and alumni community.