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 level programs, available on our Olean campus and 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, School of Health Professions, and the Jandoli School of Communication.

A sound financial decision

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.



The admissions 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)

Admissions requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two recommendations (MBA & Communications applicants: recommendations not required).
  • Test score (if applicable)
  • Communications applicants - personal statement: how the Communications 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