International Admissions

As one of the United States’ most global universities, the University at Buffalo is home to more than 5,000 students from 110 countries. We value international students as members of our community and will provide outstanding support services for you.

Our resources that will help you succeed at UB include:

  • One of the best and most thorough international students’ orientation programs offered by any U.S. university
  • A mentoring program for new international students
  • World-class learning and research opportunities
  • Many opportunities to be involved in campus life, including international and local clubs and activities

In addition to being an affordable, friendly and fun city, Buffalo welcomes and respects international students.

Apply Online

Apply online to the PhD program through the graduate school website. The online application is fast, easy and secure. A $50 non-refundable fee is required.


Apply by April 15 for fall semester admission; the deadline for applying for fellowships and assistantships is Jan. 15.


  • A master’s degree in statistics or biostatistics from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE scores are not required and will not be considered

International applicants must demonstrate understanding of English as shown by one of the following:

  • Minimum PTE Academic score of 55 will be required with no individual section below 50. In addition, we now accept the Cambridge English Advanced (CEA) and the Cambridge English Proficiency (CEP) tests. The minimum University requirement for both of these new tests is 185 overall on the new scoring scale.
  • Minimum TOEFL scores of 600 for the rPDT paper-based test; 79 for the Internet-based test (our department prefers closer to 100); IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5;  the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) scores with a minimum score of 55; or Duolingo English Test (DET) with a minimum of 120.
  • If you have completed a degree program in the United States and have a TOEFL score (or similar) that meets the minimum University at Buffalo requirements as cited above, you may submit a copy of that TOEFL score for a waiver of the TOEFL exam for this degree program.

Additional Requirements

  • A strong background in mathematics or statistics
  • At least three semesters of advanced calculus
  • One semester of statistics is recommended

Supplemental Materials

Before you submit your online application, ensure that you have all of the supplemental materials ready.

With your online application, you will be able to upload transcripts, your resume and personal statement. Three letters of reference will be requested through the e-mail addresses of the recommenders.

You should request that your TOEFL scores are sent to UB.
When requesting,
use these reporting codes: School 2925; Department Code - use School of Public Health or any department not listed


  • Submit the biographical page of your passport.

Questions? Contact Us

Contact Noreen McGuire, academic program coordinator, at or (716) 829-6142.

The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal access to its programs and activities. The entire notice of non-discrimination can be viewed at