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Online Application

Begin your application by filling out the Buffalo State Graduate School Application Form and paying the $65 application fee. Even if you have applied in the past, the $65 fee has to be paid each year an application is submitted.

After filling out your online application and paying the application fee, submit a completed application package to the department.

Application Package

1. Department application form (download PDF).

2. Official transcripts of all college work including proof of completion of a baccalaureate and any advanced degrees from accredited institutions. Please also submit this information on the course summary form included on the department application form (page 3).

3. An official transcript of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical) results. These tests are given by Educational Testing Services, PO Box 6004, Princeton, NJ 08541-6004.NOTE: The college code is 2533 and the major field code is 2399.

4. At least three letters from individuals who have a personal knowledge of the applicant's work. The letters must include at least one letter from an academic instructor, attesting to the applicant's academic ability and likelihood of success in an intensive M.A. program, and two letters from a professional conservator with whom the applicant has worked and completed treatments under, indicating the applicant’s level of experience and likelihood of future success in the field of conservation. Please check with referees well in advance of the application deadline to ensure your letters will be ready on time. Please have each referee fill out the letter of recommendation form included on the department application form (page 4) and send this to you directly along with their letter so that it can be included in your package to the department.

5. A 1,000-word autobiographical statement explaining the applicant's interest in the field of art conservation and professional objectives.

6. A curriculum vitae.

7. 8 to 12 printed images, showing 4 to 6 works of art or craft projects recently accomplished by the applicant. This sampling should include diverse media and materials in both 2-D and 3-D work, demonstrating the applicant's fine hand skills. Sketches, drawings, paintings, and/or sculpture should show representational, rather than abstract, subjects. Examples of jewelry, fine woodworking, and bookbinding are also welcome. Examples of photographic arts (unless they include handmade frames) are not suitable as they do not attest to the hand skills of the applicant. Not all works have to be the results of a formal course. Photos and prints will not be returned. The Admissions Committee requests that applicants do not put these images into any sort of binder or notebook; this hinders the review process and we are unable to return any of them.

8. Foreign nationals whose first language is not English must submit an official transcript from TOEFL, Educational Testing Services, PO Box 6004, Princeton, NJ 08541-6004 (see item 2 above), with a minimum score of 550.


All department application forms, except for the Buffalo State Graduate School Application Form, which is filled out online, must be submitted together in one complete package directly to the Art Conservation Department
by January 7, 2016:
Buffalo State College
Art Conservation Department
Admissions Committee
Rockwell Hall 230
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222-1095 U.S.A.

Please note:
It is the responsibility of the applicant to be certain that the application and supporting materials are received on or before the closing date. Candidates whose files are not complete will not be considered for admission in that year.

The Admissions Committee will meet after January 7, 2016 to consider all completed application files. Selected applicants will be invited to come to Buffalo for an hour-long interview, scheduled for late March or early April. Interviewees are asked to present a portfolio of artwork and a summary of their conservation experience, usually through a power point presentation. A color perception test will also be administered. Interviewees will be hosted by the current first-year students, who will provide a tour of the department facilities. Applicants who are invited to interview will receive an informational packet about the interview process.


Art Conservation

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Rockwell Hall 230 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5025 •  Fax: (716) 878-5039