Graduate Admissions Contact

Application items should be forwarded to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 2520  Hopkins Hall
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, N.Y. 14778
Phone: (716) 375-2021 
Toll-Free: (800) 462-5050
Fax: (716) 375-4015

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Graduate Admissions

To apply, click on your program of interest below.

St. Bonaventure University's School of Graduate Studies offers graduate degree and certificate programs at our main campus in Olean, through weekend courses at our Buffalo Center in Hamburg and online. Graduate programs are offered in literacy, differentiated instruction, counseling, educational leadership, adolescence education, business, strategic leadership, integrated Marketing Communication, English and Franciscan Studies.

Please note that you do not need to gather transcripts and recommendations, or to have taken any required entrance exams, before applying. These items can come to SBU directly from the colleges, persons and testing agencies involved and we’ll keep track of them and match them up with your application.

There is no fee to complete the online application. Please be sure to check out SBU’s graduate financial aid opportunities.

Online Applications

(Click on a program below to go to our Applicant Portal, where you can create a graduate account, receive more information and apply for admission.)

The Admission Process

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
  • two recommendations (if required)
  • work experience
  • aspirations
  • interviews (if required)
  • writing samples (if required)
  • other items (if requested by program director)
  • GMAT or GRE (if required by program)

Application Deadlines

SBU reviews applications on a rolling basis. To ensure a thorough review, your appli­cation should be delivered to the Office of Graduate Admissions at least 20 days before the desired start date.

Notification of applicants

The Office of Graduate Admissions will provide applicants with written notification of the committee’s decision. Admitted students will receive information regarding course selection and related matters, along with a form to return to SBU to confirm enrollment (needed for course registration).

Confirming enrollment

Admitted students can con­firm their enrollment by returning the Enrollment Notification Form mailed with their acceptance letter, or by e-mailing Graduate Admissions at Students who do not confirm their enrollment will not be able to register for classes. Students may elect to defer enrollment by notifying the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Having your transcript sent to St. Bonaventure University

An official copy of your academic record from every college you have attended must be forwarded to the SBU Office of Graduate Admissions. This includes transcripts from any colleges that awarded you credit for classes you took through them while still in high school.

As it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for transcripts to be received, you should submit requests to your colleges early in the graduate school application process.These transcripts must be received directly from the school (that is, official copies).  At times, a conditional admission may be offered based on unofficial or student copies of transcripts. This type of admission is contingent upon the receipt of official records by a specified date.

In order to handle your transcript request, your college(s) will need some information from you (for example, the dates of your enrollment), probably a signature, and often a fee. Many schools still employ a pen and paper request process. Using the transcript release form listed to the right may help to expedite the processing of your records. Complete a transcript release form for each college you have attended and send the form to that school with the required fee. 

SBU undergrads and graduates do not have to complete a transcript request form. Your signature on the application form grants permission for the university registrar to release this information to the Office of Graduate Admission.

Required Admission Exams

  • Integrated Marketing Communications
    Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is no longer required except by request of the program director.
  • Master of Business Administration
    Graduate Management Exam (GMAT) or GRE
    NOTE: The GMAT/GRE for the MBA may be waived for students meeting one of the following criteria:
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.30 or higher
    • Applicant possesses one of the following: Ph.D., Ed.D., JD, MD/DO, CPA
    • Applicant has already taken and excelled on another graduate study aptitude test (e.g., LSAT)
    • Applicant does not meet either of the criteria shown above but presents compelling credentials (e.g., strong undergrad GPA combined with significant work experience). In these cases the MBA program director may review the applicant's credentials with the MBA admission committee for a possible GMAT/GRE waiver.

Testing company contacts

Testing company contact information, followed by SBU’s code number for score reporting, is as follows:

Course Catalogs & Academic Calendars

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two recommendations (MBA & IMC applicants: recommendations not required).
  • Test score (if applicable)
  • IMC applicants - personal statement: how the IMC program aligns with your career goals
  • Other information as mandated by a specific program
  • Educational Leadership and Counseling candidates: Writing sample
  • Note that there is no application fee for graduate school applicants)
  • New York State Public Health Law #2165 requires SBU to collect proof of immunity (measles, mumps and rubella) within 30 days of enrollment