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Frequently Asked Graduate Admissions Questions

When is the deadline to apply?

The FALL deadline to apply is April 1st for International Students requiring a visa and August 1st for Domestic Students.  All materials must be received by this deadline. Our faculty will begin to review applications in early Spring and decisions may be made prior to the application deadline so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. All applications received by April 1st will be given full consideration. The review process may take up to twelve weeks, so most candidates can expect to hear from us during the month of April. Some of the later submissions may not hear until early May or later.

The SPRING deadline to apply is September 1st for International Students requiring a visa and December 15th for Domestic Students.

What is the website to apply?

Can I apply for Spring admission?

Sure, the spring deadline to apply is September 1st for International Students requiring a visa and December 15th for Domestic Students.

 

On what basis are admission decisions made?

The graduate admission committee makes all admissions decisions. An evaluation of the applicant's academic qualifications is the only basis for admission. These evaluations are based on the applicant's academic record, GRE scores, personal statement, and letters of recommendation, not on specific scores alone. The criteria for evaluation varies each year depending on the pool of applicants.

What is the minimum GRE score accepted?

There is no minimum GRE score required to apply for admission. You can submit your test scores to Institution Code 2925, Department Code 1603.

What is the minimum GPA accepted?

The Graduate School suggests GPA equivalent to 3.0/4.0 for PhD and 3.0/4.0 for Master's. However, the department admission committee's criteria can be different and varies from year to year.

What is the minimum score to satisfy the English proficiency requirement for international applicants?

All minimums are suggested by the Graduate School; the Department of Biomedical Engineering may set higher criteria as appropriate.

For TOEFL a minimum of 79 (iBT)/ 550 (PBT) is required.

For IELTS the minimum is a 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0.

For PTE Academic a minimum overall  score of 55 is required.

For CAE and CPE a minimum overall score if 185 is required. 

You can submit your test scores to Institution Code 2925, Department Code 69.

 

 

Where should I send my test scores?

It is necessary for you to submit your official test scores through ETS. Our Institution Code is 2925. For GRE the department code is 1603. For TOEFL the department code is 69.

Will individual faculty be able to review my credentials prior to the application process?

No, individual faculty will not be able to comment on your application or chances of admission since the decision for admission is made centrally by the graduate admissions committee only. Admission to the graduate programs is competitive and the outcome depends on the quality of the applicants that we have each year. As a result, it is impossible for individual faculty to provide an "appraisal" of a candidate's chances of getting admitted to a program.

What is the tuition rate?

The most recent rates for tuition and fees can be found at via Student Accounts. Tuition is charged at the "Graduate" rate. Our program only offers full-time study, so tuition is charged at a flat rate. Some students, primarily PhD, may be offered funding through scholarship or teaching and research assistantships. Notification of funding status will be included with admission offers.

I am applying for an MS. What are the chances of financial aid?

Master's students are offered financial support only under rare circumstances.

Can I pursue a PhD immediately after my B.S. without a Master's degree?

Yes, you do not need a Master’s to pursue a PhD. You can choose to earn a Master’s while pursuing your PhD, but it is not required.

When will the graduate admissions committee review my application for admission to the Fall semester?

We begin a rolling admissions process on February 1st. All applications received by February 1 will begin to be reviewed at that time. The review process may take up to twelve weeks, so if you have submitted by February 1st you may not hear from us until the end of April. Applications submitted after February 1st will be reviewed once they are fully completed, but a decision may not be rendered for four to twelve weeks depending on our applicant pool. 

Where can I check the status of my application?

If you return to the Gradmit site where you applied you can check the status of your application and look to see what materials have been received by referencing the checklist. Some checklist items may be updated immediately, but please allow at least two weeks after submission for updates to appear.

Our review process will begin for fully completed applications on February 1st, but applications received after that date will continue to be reviewed as they are completed. The review process may take up to twelve week so please be patient as our faculty make their decisions.

What is the best way to send the letters of recommendation?

All letters of recommendation should be submitted through the online application (Gradmit portal). During the application you will provide the email address for your three references and they will be sent a link to type or upload their recommendation. If your recommender has trouble receiving the link please contact us to have it resent. If your recommender would prefer to submit their recommendation in a different manner they can email it directly to be-grad@buffalo.edu or mail it to our office in a sealed envelope with their signature over the seal, however we do prefer to receive letters through the online system.

Can I choose a faculty advisor when applying?

We admit students centrally, into the department as a whole, and then students select their research advisors within the first semester of their studies here.

I have a question about the status of my application. To whom should I write?

You should not expect to hear back from us until after February 1 of the year you have applied. Because of the number of applications, we cannot answer questions about the receipt of documents. There is a checklist through the application site that will indicate when items are received. Some checklist items may be updated immediately, but please allow at least two weeks after submission for updates to appear.

Can I study part time?

No, at this time our program is only designed for full time enrollment. Full time is considered to be twelve credit hours per semester in the Fall and Spring terms (9 credit hours for students who hold a teaching or research assistantship).

I have a really important question that is not answered here. To whom should I write?

If your question has not been answered, you can contact us at be-grad@buffalo.edu. Please note that we will try to respond to all email messages within three business days.