Graduate Admissions

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Applications for admission are evaluated by the graduate committee on the basis of criteria reflecting academic quality and probable success in advanced study.

For PhD applications, please submit

  1. undergraduate and (where applicable) graduate grades
  2. GRE exam scores
  3. letters of recommendation
  4. a statement outlining past accomplishments, professional objectives, special interests, and educational plans

For Master’s applications, please submit undergraduate and (where applicable) graduate grades. GRE and recommendation letters are not required, although applicants are encouraged to submit them if doing so will strengthen their applications.


Fall Admission

December 15: Full consideration for funding/fellowships for PhD applicants
January 15: Masters and PhD applicants
March 1: International applicants who require a visa

We accept masters applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions page or feel free to contact us at

Superior grades and exam scores are, of course, important for admission. However, cases exist where students not having the highest grades were admitted partly on the basis of strong letters of recommendation clearly indicating superior ability and dedication in undergraduate research. It is advantageous to request letters from individuals who have significant knowledge of your abilities-for instance, professors who have taught you in more than one course or with whom you have carried out an independent study project or research. You should give these individuals as much lead time as possible so that they will not be not rushed and will be able to write detailed and thoughtful letters about you.

How to Apply

Main Application Form

Applicants must submit the online application in order to be considered for admission. Academic credentials are not evaluated unless submitted as part of an application.

The supplementary materials listed below must be uploaded to the online application. We ask that you do not send any documents in the mail. We no longer maintain paper files and cannot be responsible for mailed material.

Supplementary Materials

In addition to the main application form, all of the following supplementary materials should be uploaded to the online application before your application will be considered:

  1. A brief (1-2 page) statement outlining your past accomplishments, professional objectives, special interests and educational plans.
  2. All university and college transcripts along with all completed degree certificates. UB transcripts are not required.

Letters of Recommendation

  1. Arrange to have three individuals familiar with your education and research background complete letters of recommendation using our online application system. PLEASE CHECK EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR RECOMMENDERS FOR ACCURACY.
  2. You may also alternatively use the recommendation letter form (38 KB) (pdf) found here. You should download this form and provide a copy to each recommender, who should then complete the form and send it directly to the department by email attachment along with your name in the subject line.

Test Scores

Take the General Aptitude section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and arrange to have your results sent electronically to the department. University at Buffalo institution code is 2925 for the GRE and TOEFL. Our department code for TOEFL is 64; our department code for GRE is 1001.

IELTS does not link to our website so those scores must be uploaded or mailed directly from the testing agency.

Application Fee

Submit the $85.00 application fee, which is required to process the application forms. The fee can be paid online by credit card. 

International Applicants

  1. ALL international applicants MUST complete and return the International Applicant Financial Form, regardless of ability to pay. International students are also encouraged to read the Special Instructions and Information for International Applicants, which are included and will provide information on the amount of funds needed for studies and living expenses.
  2. All applicants who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency by taking an English language proficiency exam. For more information about these exams please see:
Are you unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you are not able to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home.

Learn more about UB English language proficiency requirements


Completed PhD applications are due December 15, but full consideration will be given to all applications that are completed before January 15. Early submission maximizes the opportunity for merit-based fellowships.

Completed Master’s applications are due January 15 but applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis while space is available. For international students who require a visa, submission by March 1 helps ensure timely processing of requisite documents for Fall admission.