University at Buffalo


Four First-Rate UB Degrees for Organizational Psychology Careers

The University at Buffalo appears in our ranking of the Top 15 Master’s in Human Factors and Ergonomics.

The College of Arts & Sciences grants a Psychology BA/BS at the University at Buffalo. Students study people’s behaviors and interactions in 300-level major courses from Industrial/Organizational Psychology to Cognitive Science. The 120-credit, MSCHE-accredited path offers opportunities to:

  • join Psi Chi
  • participate in the Singapore Program
  • find 15-week internships like Lockheed Martin
  • double major in business
  • engage in the Self & Motivation Lab

The Psychology MA  provides a guaranteed $1,000 scholarship to Buffalo post-grads advancing knowledge of the mind. The 36-credit, 18-month curriculum covers 600-level courses like Social Perception before a mentored research project.

Since 1946, the University at Buffalo has delivered one of the nation’s oldest Human Factors & Ergonomics Engineering MS options. It’s focused on improving the design of work environments to better employee performance. The 36-credit, HFES-accredited sequence encourages post-grads to:

  • conduct Formal Human Systems Lab research
  • join Omega Rho
  • attend the Intra-University Conference
  • consult with Liston Manufacturing

The School of Management also offers an Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Ph.D. for scholars to investigate labor relations in healthy businesses. The 72-credit, four-year dissertation track admits Fall cohorts of 3-5 to prepare faculty for:

  • Oregon State
  • Rutgers
  • Claremont, and more.

About the University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo originated on May 11, 1846, when Assemblyman Nathan K. Hall procured a charter for a private medical school in Western New York. In February 1847, future U.S. President Millard Fillmore welcomed an inaugural class of 66. In 1876, Mary Blair Moody became the first woman to graduate from the University at Buffalo. Four years later, J. Robert Love was the first African-American UB graduate.

In 1891, UB acquired its School of Law from nearby Niagara University. In 1915, the College of Arts & Sciences was formed for four-year bachelor’s degrees. On July 19, 1928, the bells on the University at Buffalo’s famous Hayes Hall Clock Tower first rang. In 1950, UB founded the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department. In 1953, Schoellkopf Hall was erected to add on-campus housing. In 1962, UB was added to the State University of New York system by Governor Rockefeller. By 1989, UB was elected to the elite Association of American Universities.

The University at Buffalo is endowed for $725 million. It employs 2,391 faculty instructing 21,607 undergrad and 9,896 post-grad students from 101 countries online, on its 1,192-acre Amherst campus, or at two academic centers. It has 600+ clubs like the Human Factors Society.

In 2015, Buffalo won the EPA Environmental Champion Award. In 2019, UB was an American Psychological Association Early Career Distinguished Award recipient. The University at Buffalo accepted a 2004 UCEA Educational Leadership Excellence Award too. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Buffalo the 75th top psychology school and 66th best social mobility performer. On Niche, UB ranks America’s 69th top public education and 194th best professors. WalletHub placed the University at Buffalo 175th for selectivity and 198th for career outcomes. Forbes named Buffalo the 71st best value and 103rd top research institution.

University at Buffalo Accreditation Details

On November 21, 2019, the University at Buffalo satisfactorily sent the Fifth-Year Periodic Review Report to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to keep the Level VI accreditation status current through the next 2023-24 evaluation.  Further, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society accredited Buffalo through December 2025. The School of Management was also reaffirmed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in February 2016 with an Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Ph.D.

University at Buffalo Application Requirements

Admission to the University at Buffalo is classified as “moderately difficult” by Peterson’s because 17,423 of the 31,196 Fall 2018 applicants were chosen for competitive 56 percent acceptance. First-year students majoring in  Psychology BA/BS must finish a rigorous high school curriculum. Adequate preparation includes these units:

  • four English
  • four social studies
  • three math

The Class of 2022 achieved a median GPA range of 90-96. Mid-range admitted SAT scores were 1180-1350. The middle 50th percentile had ACT scores of 24-30. Department of Psychology transfers must hold 24+ accredited college credits and cumulative GPAs over 2.5.

International students prove English skills with at least 523 TOEFL, 50 PTE, 18 ACT, or 6.0 IELTS scores. The Graduate School seeks four-year baccalaureate completion with 3.0 or greater GPAs. Human Factors & Ergonomics Engineering MS majors need STEM majors in technical fields. Graduates of ABET-accredited schools are exempt from GRE scores. The Doctor of Philosophy admits students with an average 316 GRE and 613 GMAT score.

The University at Buffalo enforces freshman deadlines of November 15th for Early Action and February 1st for Regular Decision. The FAFSA priority filing date is March 1st. Transfers can apply through May 1st for Fall or December 1st for Spring enrollment. The Department of Psychology considers MA candidates until March 3rd. The Human Factors & Ergonomics Engineering MS has deadlines of August 1st and December 15th. Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Ph.D. cohorts must file by January 15th. Accordingly, complete the SUNY or Common Application online for $50 ($85 if graduate). Mail official transcripts to 12 Capen Hall in Buffalo, NY 14260. Send test reports using SAT/GRE code 2925, ACT code 2978, or GMAT code K6RQX02. Contact (716) 645-6900 or to learn further steps.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2019-20, the University at Buffalo is billing in-state Psychology BA/BS majors $5,261 each full-time semester. Non-resident bachelor’s tuition is $14,096 each term. Mandatory undergrad fees of $1,726 are included. Living at the North Campus dorms adds $13,723 for yearly room and board. UB budgets $1,203 for textbooks and $2,733 for miscellaneous. Annual undergrad attendance equals about $27,758 in-state or $45,428 out-of-state. Costs for commuters drops to $14,035 and $31,705 respectively. The Graduate School charges New Yorkers $7,065 and non-residents $12,960 each term full-time. Required post-grad semester fees of $1,410 are included. Studying part-time incurs $471 to $963 per credit.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Financial Aid Office links 83 percent of incoming full-time UB students to tuition assistance averaging $8,774 apiece for $25.21 million combined. Institutional funds include:

  • the Bugelski Fellowship
  • Eleanor Jacobs Scholarship
  • Marvin Feldman & Walter Cohen Award
  • Beulah Alexander Memorial Scholarship
  • Paul Nussbaum Scholarship
  • Andrew & Virginia Craig Scholarship
  • Robert Balk Award
  • Stanley Neuman Memorial Scholarship
  • Thomas Mullen Scholarship
  • Ellicott Club Scholarship
  • George Fraley Scholarship
  • James Nicoll Johnston Scholarship
  • Mary Whitman Scholarship
  • Daniel Acker Scholarship
  • Joseph Camerata Scholarship
  • Almon Cooke Scholarship

The $15,000 Presidential Scholarship has a December 15th for outstanding freshmen ranking in the top 10th percentile. The Academic Excellence Transfer Scholarship gifts $2,000 annually to undergrads with 30+ credits and GPAs above 3.50. Submitting FAFSA forms coded 002837 unlocks federal resources, such as the Pell Grant and Work-Study Program. New Yorkers also qualify for:

  • the Excelsior Scholarship
  • Educational Opportunity Program
  • Part-Time Scholarship
  • Military Enhanced Recognition Scholarship, and more.

Keep reading about the University at Buffalo on the Department of Psychology website.

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