St. Bonaventure has a long and proud history of providing quality graduate-level education. Our first master's degree programs were offered in the 1920s. Since then, we have grown to offer a variety of graduate level programs in two locations — Hamburg, N,Y, (suburban Buffalo), at our main Olean campus, and now online.
Today, the University serves more than 400 graduate students through 17 master's degree and certificate programs offered by our School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, School of Franciscan Studies, and the Jandoli School of Communication.
Get into Grad School at SBU
Please use the links on this page to request information, explore specific academic programs and to learn more about admission and financial aid.
The School of Graduate Studies supports the mission, values and vision of St. Bonaventure University — a commitment reflected in the academic and values-based context of the University's graduate programs.
The quality of our programs is confirmed by outside agencies:
- The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for entry-level programs in community counseling and school counseling.
- The School of Business is accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
These endorsements confirm that St. Bonaventure's academic programs meet rigorous standards for curriculum, faculty credentials and learning resources.
Our students come from a diversity of backgrounds and undergraduate colleges. A partial list of "sending colleges" can be found at the bottom of this page.
Programs available at two sites and online
St. Bonaventure University graduate programs are offered on the main campus near Olean, N.Y., and at the University's Buffalo Center, located on the Hilbert College campus in Hamburg (south of Buffalo).
Olean-based classes are offered during the day or (mostly) at night, while most Buffalo Center offerings employ a unique five-week weekend format. Buffalo programs generally allow students to start in the fall (see the note below), while many Olean programs allow a spring, fall or even summer session start.
The Buffalo Center allows MBA students to start the program with any of it's five week sessions. Sessions 2 & 3 this fall start on October 2nd and November 13, respectively. Starting with the fall 2016 semester, the MBA program will also be available in a 100% online format.
In addition, the Jandoli School of Communication offers online master's degrees in Strategic Leadership and Integrated Marketing Communications.
Strategic Leadership, an online-only graduate program
Classes in this fully online degree meet for an eight week period, with two eight week sessions meeting in the traditional semester time frame. Students may take two courses in each eight week term (full-time) or one (part-time).
Hybrid program offers online coursework
SBU's School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL) programs are now being offered on a "hybrid" basis. Each class will meet 3-4 times per semester, on Saturdays, with the rest of the classwork completed online. Additionally, most of the coursework required for the MSED in Educational Leadership is now offered via this format.
For these hybrid programs, the class meeting location will alternate, by semester, between the campus in Olean and the Buffalo Center in Hamburg.
Click here for a list of graduate programs by location.