Graduate Admissions

The University at Buffalo is now issuing electronic I-20s

Mail and courier services around the world continue to be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the University at Buffalo is now issuing electronic I-20s in accordance with SEVP Guidance. An original I-20 should not be required for visa interviews, at the Port of Entry or for most purposes once students arrive in the U.S. We highly recommend that students print the I-20 when they receive it by email, since not all agencies will allow students to show an electronic I-20 on their phone or computer. Please see the UB International Student Services Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 FAQ for further information.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 challenges, the GRE requirement for PhD application will be waived (although recommended) for Fall of 2021.

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Overview

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

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 gradeng@buffalo.edu.

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

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: http://grad.buffalo.edu/explore/admissions/requirements.html#english-requirements
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

Deadlines

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.