St. Bonaventure University


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 programs, available on our Olean campus and online.

The university serves more than 750 graduate students through 20 master's degree and certificate programs offered by our School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, School of Health Professions, and the Jandoli School of Communication. 

Continuing your education at the graduate level is a big decision. It involves a commitment of time and resources, but research consistently shows that the investment is quite worthwhile. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that individuals with graduate degrees enjoy a higher average income than those with bachelor’s degrees.

A St. Bonaventure University advanced degree can provide greater job security and career portability, along with the personal growth and expanded network that typically result from the graduate school experience.

How to apply to graduate school

Admission to the SBU School of Graduate Studies is offered to students perceived to possess the academic and personal qualities necessary for success. The admission committee makes this determination after a careful review of all aspects of an application:

  • Previous academic work
  • Work experience
  • Aspirations
  • Other items as requested by program (see graduate programs page.)

Admissions requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Recommendations, test scores, personal statements and/or writing samples may apply to specific programs; see further details by program