General Admission Requirements

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.

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General Expectations

To be eligible for graduate study at UB, we expect:

  • A bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited/government recognized college or university. Most such degrees will be four or more years in length; UB recognizes some three-year degrees, but not all.
  • A B-grade (GPA of 3.0) or higher from your bachelor's degree (or equivalent) courses. Grade point averages from non-U.S. universities will be evaluated by UB's Office of International Admissions.
  • Appropriate standardized test scores (DAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, PCAT, etc.). Not all programs require test scores. See the official academic test scores section below for more information.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • An internship or relevant work experience (for some programs).

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Are you in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

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.

Test Type
University Minimum Score
TOEFL (IBT) (including MyBest scores)
PTE Academic
Cambridge English
Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge English
Advanced (CAE)
Duolingo English Test (DET)
for students currently in China

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.

English Language Proficiency Exemptions

The following applicants are not required to demonstrate English language proficiency with a standardized test:

  • Students who are citizens of, and who were educated in the English medium from Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, eSwatini (Swaziland), Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • Non-matriculated (non-degree) students attending UB under reciprocal exchange agreements with international institutions of higher education.
  • Students who were enrolled at UB and are moving from one degree-level to another or one program to another with a break in their studies of no more than three years between the time of graduation and new enrollment.
  • International students transferring from another U.S. college to UB, who (a) completed (or will complete) a degree at that U.S. college or were enrolled for at least two years at the prior institution; and (b) had a minimum 2.0 GPA at the prior institution; and (c) had no more than a three year break between the time of graduation/attendance at the previous institution and new enrollment at UB.

Official Academic Test Scores

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

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.