Why Choose to Study Online

Become one of the millions of students learning online in the U.S. by enrolling in one of the many online programs at the University at Buffalo, a top rated research university dedicated to academic excellence. 

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Is Online Learning the Right Choice for Me?

Online learning is perfect for you if you:

  • Are a lifelong learner
  • Like to learn independently
  • Have good time management skills
  • Enjoy collaborating with students from around the world
  • Have at least 10 hours a week to devote to each course
  • Need flexibility to maintain a positive work/life balance

Online learning offers:

  • The choice to study full-time or part-time, enroll in a program or just try a course, study fully online or explore a blended program approach
  • Small class sizes that create an excellent environment to establish relationships and allow time for professors to invest in the growth of their students
  • A challenging curriculum that is identical to courses delivered on-campus
  • Top quality courses are taught by the same world-class faculty as on-campus students
  • An opportunity to work with students around the world who bring a diverse base of knowledge to each of our programs
  • Variety of degree programs and courses from traditional full-time to a flexible hybrid or completely online programs, your options are endless
  • Associated costs are traditionally less expensive, for example, there are no commuting costs for online students
  • You can study anytime, anywhere offering convenience and flexibility, including the ability to continue working while enrolled in your program

Is UB the Right Choice to be an Online Learner?

World-class reputation

UB is the premier public research university in the northeastern United States and the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. We’re an established leader and are consistently recognized by top university guides and publications for our excellent value and high-quality academics.

  • We were the first SUNY institution invited to join the prestigious Association of American Universities, an association of elite research universities in the U.S. and Canada.
  • One of the world’s best universities —Times Higher Education
  • One of the “Best Values” in public higher education —Kiplinger’s
  • Ranked in the Top 20 nationwide for graduating students with the “least debt.” — U.S. News & World Report

Ranked #15 for online graduate education programs

The prestigious U.S. News and World Report has ranked the University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education fifteenth in online graduate education programs. This ranking reflects the fact that UB is:

  • A leader in student engagement and student services
  • Known for highly recognized faculty
  • Selective in terms of which students are admitted
  • Well-respected by our peers

Interactive, collaborative and diverse learning experiences

Our online programs attract students from all over the world who seek collaborative experiences with our full-time research faculty, seasoned practitioners and, equally important, each other. Your experience begins here, but will extend beyond the classroom through a network of professionals and the rich interactive possibilities built into our flexible programs.


The tuition savings for online programs at the University at Buffalo brings affordability and convenience to a new level. SUNY recently announced a 41.3% savings on the tuition rate for the 2017-18 academic year for non-New York State residents enrolled in fully online graduate programs and coursework.