Detailed information on what to include in your online application packet is outlined below.
Please do not mail application materials. All items should be submitted electronically with your online application. Please login to the UB application system frequently to ensure that all of their supporting documents have been received.
All domestic and international students must apply online for the MS or PhD program. Please note that the online application process will require you to upload supporting documents.
A nonrefundable fee of $85 per degree must be submitted for each application to graduate degree study. You may pay the application fee online with a credit card or e-check.
As part of the application, the department requires a statement of purpose briefly describing your background and your academic and career goals.
Copies of transcript(s) for all post-secondary schoolwork must be uploaded with the online application for initial review. Upon the offer of admission, accepted applicants will be required to submit official transcripts and proof of degree(s).
Three letters of recommendation are to be requested through the online application by providing the names and e-mail addresses. UB undergraduates only need to submit two letters of recommendation. We strongly prefer letters from professors who are acquainted with your academic interests, achievements, and abilities.
An account of your education and experience that describes your qualifications for the program.
To be considered for financial aid, you must have at least a combined verbal and quantitative score of 310 on the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We typically place more emphasis on the quantitative section, looking for candidates that score in the 80th percentile or above.
Domestic MS applicants from an undergraduate engineering program, including UB, may request a waiver of the GRE requirement if they hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher, do not wish to be considered for any form of financial aid, and can provide justification for the request (an email to the Director of Graduate Studies). GRE waivers are evaluated on a case by case basis.
All other applicants are required to provide GRE scores. It is university policy that all PhD applicants provide GRE scores. Arrangements to take the exam can be made through Educational Testing Service.
Note: The CSEE Department Code for the GRE is 1102; the University at Buffalo Institutional Code is 2925.
International applicants are required to provide proof of English proficiency via the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). All applicants whose native language is not English will be required to provide proof of English proficiency. Please use Institution Code 2925 and Department Code 65 to provide your scores to us.
The State University of New York at Buffalo has the following minimum admission requirements for these tests:
The exam results must be dated within 2 years from your proposed date of admission and remain valid upon entering the term for which you applied. For example, Fall 2017 begins in August 2017; therefore, your exam results must be valid until August 2017.
Information and arrangements to take the exam can be made by contacting the Educational Testing Service at www.ets.org/toefl. It is strongly recommended to make test arrangements early in the year so sufficient time can be allowed for the results to be reported before our application deadline.
You will need to fill out the form labeled "Standard Graduate" for the appropriate academic year at the International Applicant Financial Form page. The Financial Form and supporting bank documents may be uploaded to your application after you have received their admissions decision.
Please note that original financial documents must be brought to the school in person upon arrival at UB orientation.