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Start with our easy-to-use, paperless, online electronic admission system.

UB offers our applicants the convenience of completing their application in a 100% self-managed paperless electronic environment.  Specifically, the process saves more than 200,000 pages of paper each year, while streamlining the application process for our applicants.

Please use the electronic online application, then select your program.

Please note:

  • If applying to more than one department you must submit a complete application package and separate fee to each department

International applicants

Degree programs utilizing national application services

Application instructions for all other degree programs

  • Follow all instructions carefully
  • Review the information you entered for accuracy
  • You can partially complete an application and save it to be finalized at a later time; if you do this, you will be assigned a user name and personal identification number (PIN) so that you can access your application when returning to the online application site
  • All of the required documents should uploaded electronically to the specific program to which you are applying. The maximum file size is 50MB and the documents you attach can be in one of the following formats:
    • PDF (Adobe PDF - preferred format)
    • DOC or DOCX (MS Word)
    • RTF (Rich Text Format)
    • TXT (Plain Text)
    • JPG/JPEG (Image)
    • BMP (Image)
    • TIF (Image)
    • GIF (Image)   
  • A nonrefundable application fee is required (amount varies by program, check the departmental website)
  • Departments will generally notify an applicant regarding missing application material

Admission exams

Many programs require that you take a standardized graduate or professional admission exam. Test preparation has been proven to make a difference. We recommend that you consider studying from preparation guides, attending a review course, or using online study tools to prepare thoroughly.

Please use the links below as reference after you visit your departmental website; many of the sites below have suggestions for test preparation:

  • GMAT - The Graduate Management Admission Test
  • GRE - The Graduate Record Examinations Program
  • LSAT - The Law School Admission Test
  • MCAT - The Medical College Admission Test
  • PCAT - The Pharmacy College Admission Test
  • TOEFL - The Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing System

Many of these tests are offered regularly in computer-adaptive format by UB’s Career Services office in Capen Hall, room 259 (716-645-2232, extension 115).

Admission decisions

Faculty members in each department evaluate completed applications and make admission decisions. You will be notified whether or not you have been offered admission; if you are offered admission, your notification will generally include information regarding any associated offer of financial assistance or support.

If you are accepted

  • The Office of the Registrar will provide you with registration information
  • You will receive a form for providing proof of immunization; New York State law requires that all registered college students born on or after January 1, 1957, show proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Check your in-state tuition eligibility; to be eligible, you must show that you have established residency, and that you have a domicile in New York State that is your permanent and principle home
  • Visit the costs and finances section to learn more about the affordability of a University at Buffalo education and the estimated cost of attendance
  • Acknowledge your intent; admission is not final until you have acknowledged your intent to enroll with the department and have followed any additional instructions the department has issued
  • Some programs require a tuition deposit; your place in class is not guaranteed until you submit payment in U.S. funds for that deposit
  • Watch for orientation information; departments typically notify incoming students about departmental and campus-wide new student orientations

Remember to check the Graduate School’s admissions requirements, deadlines and FAQs if you have questions. You can also check the website for your specific program for more details.