How to Apply

The University at Buffalo offers you the convenience of completing your application completely online. The steps below will help you understand what you can expect when you apply to UB.

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Step 1: Choose your application

Before starting an application, it's important to know what type of application you'll need to complete. For most of UB's graduate programs, you can apply directly to UB. However, some professional/special programs utilize external national applications. National application services allow students to apply to several schools at once. Professional/special applicants may also be required to submit a supplemental UB application and fee.

If you are applying to any of the degree programs listed below, please click on the corresponding link for further application instructions. If you have any questions regarding national applications, we suggest contacting that program directly for additional information. Contact information can be found on our list of academic programs.

The remaining steps on this page may not apply to you if you are applying to one of the programs listed above. If you are not applying to any of the programs listed above, continue to Step two.

Step 2: Determine your applicant type

Next you'll want to determine if you are a domestic applicant or an international applicant. UB defines applicants as follows:

Domestic Applicants: Domestic applicants are U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are applying to a regular graduate-level program. A U.S. citizen or permanent resident who currently lives and studies outside the U.S. is considered a domestic applicant with foreign credentials. When starting your UB application, do not check the box indicating your are an international applicant.

International applicants: International applicants are students who need a visa to reside and study in the United States. When starting a new application, be sure to check the box indicating you are an international applicant.

Step 3: Start your application

To start your UB application, all you need is your first name (given name), last name (family name) and a valid email address. Simply find your desired program on our list of academic programs, select the program you are interested in and click on "Apply Now." 

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 username and personal identification number (PIN) so that you can access your application when returning to the UB application site.

To ensure you are considered for scholarships, assistantships and fellowships, we recommend applying for admission as early as possible.

Step 4: Complete and submit your application for formal review

After you've started and saved your UB application, you can log back in anytime to complete it using your username and PIN.

If you have any issues logging in, contact us at 716-645-3482 or email us at

Follow all instructions carefully and review your application for accuracy before submitting it. Application requirements and deadlines vary by program. If you have any questions while filling out your application, contact your program of interest. Contact information can be found on our list of academic programs.

All required documents should be uploaded to your online application. If you are applying to multiple programs you will need to upload all required materials to each application.

The maximum file size is 50MB and the documents you attach can be in one of the following formats:

  • PDF (Adobe PDF preferred)
  • DOC or DOCX (Microsoft Word)
  • RTF (rich text format)
  • TXT (plain text)
  • JPG/JPEG, BMP, TIF, GIF (image)

Letters of Recommendation

Many UB programs require letters of recommendation (LORs). Be sure to review your application instructions carefully. If you are applying to a program that utilizes online letters of recommendation, your requests for LORs will be sent automatically when you formally submit your UB application. When recommenders complete their letters, they will automatically be attached to your online application once received. If you need to resend LOR requests, you can do so in the UB Application Portal after you formally submit your application. If you need to change recommender information, contact your program of interest.

Double Check Before Submitting!

Once you formally submit your UB application, you will not be able to make changes. You will still have access to upload supplemental application materials and check the status of your application, but you will not be able to change your application form information.

Step 5: Pay your application fee(s)

A nonrefundable application fee is required for each program you apply to. Application fees vary by program. For exact application fee amounts, visit our list of academic programs.

After you formally submit your UB application, you will receive an email with instructions on how to pay your program's fee via ePay. Currently, UB accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Professional/Special Applicants

If you are a professional/special applicant, a supplemental UB application and fee may be required. Please contact your department if you have any questions.

Step 6: Submit official test scores electronically

If the program you are applying to requires official test scores, be sure to submit them to the UB electronically. Review our list of academic programs or check your online application to see which test scores are required.

It may take up to two weeks for the testing agency to process your order and deliver your scores to UB.

The information below outlines how to submit official scores that may be required by your program of interest. Not all programs require academic test scores. If you have any questions, contact your department directly.

Academic Test To Order...
DAT ADA Department of Testing will report your official scores to central application services
GRE Use Institution Code: 2925
GMAT Select "State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo"
LSAT Use Institution Code: 2925
MAT Use Recipient Number: 1514
MCAT Official scores are automatically released to AMCAS
PCAT Select PharmCAS Code: 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS
English Test To Order...  
TOEFL Use Institution Code: 2925  
IELTS Select "University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY)"
PTE Select "University at Buffalo, The State University of New York"
CPE Select "University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY)"
CAE Select "University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY)"  

Step 7: Submit all required materials

Your program of interest may require supplemental application materials. Be sure to upload all additional materials to your application before the submission deadline. Applications that are missing materials may be considered incomplete. Departments will generally notify you if any application materials are missing, but if you are unsure, you should contact them directly. Some examples of additional materials include:

  • Copies of transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Personal statement
  • Scholarship essay
  • CV/resume
  • Portfolio
  • Writing sample
  • Proof of certification/licensure

UB does not require official transcripts during the application process. Unofficial copies of transcripts are sufficient. Should you be accepted to UB, we will contact you for official transcripts with specific instructions at a later date.

International Student Transcripts

Some departments may require you to obtain a transcript evaluation from a third party company. Please check with your department for specific requirements.

Please DO NOT mail any official documents unless specifically requested to do so.

Step 8: Receive your admission decision

Throughout the admission process you can log in and check your application status. 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.

Be sure to add all email addresses to your email address book or contact list and don't forget to check your spam/junk folder for important admissions notifications!

International Acceptance

Once you have been provisionally accepted by your department, your application must be approved by UB's Office of International Admissions. You are not officially admitted to the University at Buffalo and we cannot issue your Certificate of Visa Eligibility until this review is complete.

In order to be eligible for an I-20 or DS-2019 you will need to provide the following items in addition to the academic documents. These should be sent directly to your department electronically along with your other application materials:

  • Passport biographical page. Scan a copy of the page from your passport that includes your name, citizenship and date of birth.
  • Financial form. Download the financial form for your program of study and follow the instructions carefully. You and the person(s) who will be paying your tuition should sign this form.
  • Bank statement. To apply for your student visa, you need to provide bank statements showing you and your sponsor(s) have enough money to pay your first year’s total costs.
  • Current U.S. immigration documents. If you are already in the United States on a visa, we will need copies of your current immigration documents. These may include:
    • Your current I-20.
    • Your current visa.
    • Receipt/approval notice from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
    • Any legal documents pertaining to your immigration status.

If your application is in proper order, the Office of International Admissions will officially accept you to the university and begin to prepare your Certificate of Visa Eligibility.