Exceptions to these requirements may be made on an individual basis at the discretion of the academic unit with approval from the Graduate School, Graduate Enrollment Services and/or the Office of International Admissions.
A full list of available programs and program contact information can be found on our list of academic programs.
Admission requirements vary by program, but here we provide some general graduate admission requirements. Once you've read these general requirements, please contact your desired department for specific advice and details on submitting your application and documents.
To be eligible for graduate study at UB, we expect:
If you are a student currently in China and 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.
In addition to meeting the standard academic criteria for the program to which you are applying, international applicants must also demonstrate English proficiency. All international students must take one of the tests indicated below and meet the university minimum score requirement.
Many graduate programs have higher score requirements. It is important to contact your department directly to learn the minimum score requirements for your program.
Scores must be less than two years old at the time of admission; older scores will not be accepted. Official scores must be sent directly to UB from the testing agency. Copies may be submitted for initial review.
The following applicants are not required to demonstrate English language proficiency with a standardized test:
Many programs require you take a standardized academic 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.
Check your program's admission requirements carefully to see which test scores are accepted and/or required. Be sure you take tests early enough to provide scores by your program's submission deadline. Please note that it can take as long as two full weeks for the testing agency to process your order and deliver your scores to UB. Please review your department's website or contact them directly for the detailed requirements. Contact information can be found on our list of academic programs.
The resources below will help you to prepare for these tests, many of which are offered regularly in computer-adaptive format by Career Services located in 259 Capen Hall (716-645-2232, extension 115).
Application deadlines vary by individual school and program. Please review your department's website or contact them directly for the most accurate information. Contact information can be found on our list of academic programs.