Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

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 — at our main campus in Olean, at our Buffalo Extension Center at Hilbert College in Hamburg, N.Y., and now online.

Today, the University serves more than 400 graduate students through 18 master's degree and certificate programs offered by our School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, School of Education and the Jandoli School of Communication.

Get Specifics on 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., at the University's Buffalo Extension Center, located on the Hilbert College campus in Hamburg (south of Buffalo), and some are offered online.

Olean-based classes are offered during the day or (mostly) at night, while most Buffalo Center offerings employ a unique five-week weekend format. 

Olean programs allow a spring, fall or even summer session start.

The Buffalo Center allows for the following start dates:
MBA - summer, fall, or spring
Educational Leadership - summer, fall, or spring (depending on program).
  See program format information below.
Differentiated Instruction - fall

Strategic Leadership, Integrated Marketing Communication and the MBA are offered as fully online graduate programs (note that Strategic Leadership offered only online)

Classes in these degree programs meet for a 7.5 week term, with two such sessions meeting in the traditional semester time frame. Students may take one course (part time) or two courses (full time) in each eight-week term.

Hybrid program offers online coursework

SBU's School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL) programs are offered on a "hybrid" basis. Each class meets 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 offered via this format.

For these hybrid programs, the class meeting location will alternate between the campus in Olean and the Buffalo Center in Hamburg.

Click here for a list of graduate programs by location. 

Some colleges recently represented among SBU graduate students 

SUNY Schools

SUNY Albany
Alfred State
SUNY Buffalo
Buffalo State
Empire State

Other NY Colleges

Roberts Wesleyan
St. Bonaventure
St. John Fisher
University of Rochester

Out-of-State Schools

Bowling Green
Catholic University
Cedar Crest
Grove City
Indiana Wesleyan
Notre Dame
Ohio University
Penn State
Slippery Rock
University of Pittsburgh
University of Wisconsin

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