Here we provide a detailed list of documents to include in your online application packet.
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 at any SUNY campus. 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. The online application provides a space for you to type your personal statement.
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), in English, with the school seal.
For PhD applicants, three (3) letters of recommendation are required. For MS applicants and UB undergraduates, two (2) letters of recommendation are required. The letters should be requested through the online application by providing the recommenders' names and e-mail addresses. While we will accept letters from professional sources, we strongly prefer letters from professors who are acquainted with your academic interests, achievements, and abilities.
Even though we do not put a hard-line on the minimum score, we expect applicants to score around 309/340 using the current scale (or 1250/1600 using the prior scale) for Verbal+Quantitative; and 4.0/6.0 for Analytical components. The average score of our recently admitted applicants is about 316/340 (or 1300/1600) and 4.0/6.0.
The GRE must be taken within five (5) years of entry date.
University at Buffalo undergraduates applying to the MS program are not required to submit GRE scores. ALL other applicants are required to provide GRE scores. It is university policy that all PhD applicants provide GRE scores. Arrange to take the exam via the Educational Testing Service (ETS) GRE site.
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). Starting in Fall 2016, 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 78 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 2020 begins in August 2020; therefore, your exam results must be valid until August 2020.
Find information and arrange to take the TOEFL exam via the Educational Testing Service (ETS) TOEFL site. We strongly recommend that you make arrangements to take the test early in the year so ETS has sufficient time to report your results to us prior to our application deadline.
Fill out the International Applicant Financial Form. You will need to fill out the form labeled "Standard Graduate" for the appropriate academic year. (Please verify current year's financial requirement with the Office of Financial Aid). The Financial Form and supporting bank documents may be uploaded to your application after an admissions decision has been made.
All international applicants must submit a completed financial statement. Answer all questions thoroughly. An I-20 cannot be issued without this statement documenting necessary funds for each year of intended study (two years for a master's program; five years for a PhD program).
Please note that original financial documents must be brought to the school in person upon arrival at UB or orientation.
Submit all items electronically with your online application.
Verify that UB has received all of your supporting documents by periodically checking the UB Interactive Graduate Application Site.
Early consideration for special scholarships: December 10
Full consideration for funding/fellowships: December 31
Domestic applicants: October 31
International applicants: September 30