The University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education has been offering fully online and accredited degree programs since 2001.
We currently offer a variety of PhD, EdM, MS degrees, as well as a number of advanced certificates and individual courses online.
Fall and Spring courses are generally 15 weeks in length, and students can expect to spend an average of 9-12 hours per week on readings and assignments for a 3-credit course. Our Summer courses range from 6 to 12 weeks in duration. As these courses are delivered over a shorter period of time, students should expect to spend between 13.5-18 hours per week on readings and assignments. An additional time commitment may be required when researching or preparing for final papers. Some programs may also contain online group work, field work or other requirements that should be considered when registering.
All courses are delivered completely online through UB Learns, the university’s Internet-based learning application. All course materials, from syllabi and assignments to important messages, are posted in this forum. Students typically interact with faculty and peers in an asynchronous format, replying to message boards, viewing videos and more by simply logging in. However, some of our courses have synchronous web-based video conferencing interaction.
You will interact with your classmates and instructors through many tools, including discussion board, blogs and group work. You may also communicate via Zoom, Skype, email and, in some cases, podcasting and video tools.
GSE online courses follow the same academic calendar as campus-based courses. They are not self-paced, but adhere to a calendar that will be outlined in your syllabi. You can log in to your class and post to the discussion board from anywhere, anytime before an assignment’s due date.
This answer varies for each student and within each program. Some students are able to complete their studies within one calendar year, while programs with more requirements can take two years or more. All programs are offered on a part-time basis only, and students should choose a program that best accommodates their schedule.
All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband connection. Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their coursework.
To be eligible for financial aid:
The University at Buffalo’s Financial Aid office is available to assist students with any questions they have regarding financial aid.
Online students who complete a master's or doctoral degree are encouraged to come to the University at Buffalo to attend the commencement ceremony. Each May, the Graduate School of Education holds their commencement in The Center for the Arts Main Stage Theater. All September, February and June conferrals are invited to attend.
Please note: Both on-campus and online students who receive an advanced graduate certificate do not participate in the commencement ceremony.
As a member of the UB Alumni Association, you will gain access to professional development tools and a network of graduates from across the world. Members can also capitalize on networking and outreach opportunities with alumni through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.