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.

Resources to help you succeed at UB

  • One of the best and most thorough international student 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.

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Apply Online

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

Deadline

Apply by Jan. 15.

Applications are for fall semester admission only; there are no spring semester admissions.

Requirements

All students are evaluated based on all of the submitted materials. Students who are close to any of these cutoffs will be considered in the context of all of their accomplishments.

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; master’s degree preferred
  • GPA of 3.0
  • GRE scores in the 50th percentile for each category
  • Due to the varied and numerous challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you can request a waiver for the GRE with your applications this fall. Requests for GRE waivers are not guaranteed, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee upon review of all other materials you submit. We may contact you for additional information in determining whether a waiver is possible.

Additional requirements for international applicants

  • English proficiency as demonstrated by one of the following (use School 2925; School of Public Health and Health Professions to submit scores):
    • Minimum TOEFL scores of 550 for the rPDT paper-based test or 90 for the Internet-based test; IELTS with a minimum score of 7.5
    • Duolingo English Test (DET) with a minimum of 120
    • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) Minimum scoring on Old Scoring Scale 65 Overall, 185 overall on New Scoring Scale
    • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) Minimum scoring on Old Scoring Scale 60 Overall, 185 overall on New Scoring Scale
    • The TOEFL should have been taken within the last two years
    • Students coming from a U.S. school can use an older score
  • Completion of a college-level algebra or calculus course (with a minimum grade of C)
  • Completed coursework in the following subjects is highly recommended:
    • Biology
    • Health-related science (anatomy, microbiology or physiology)
    • Chemistry
    • Behavioral sciences, including a course in sociology or social psychology, and a course in anthropology, psychology, political science or economics

Supplemental Materials

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

We will consider applications with unofficial versions of transcripts, GREs, or TOEFL. Official versions are required before we can make a final admission offer.

  • Request that your official transcripts from each college or university you have attended be sent to UB. These are required only at the time of entry to the program.
  • Request that your GRE scores be sent to UB.
    When requesting your GRE scores, use these reporting codes: School 2925; Department 0606
  • Request that your TOEFL scores be sent to the department.
    When requesting your TOEFL scores, use these reporting codes: School 2925; Department 50
  • Secure two letters of recommendation on the official letterhead of the referees.
  • Letters should be from someone who knows you from an academic, research, or work perspective, ideally, in areas related to the graduate program you are applying to. At least one letter should be from an academic institution.
  • Provide a personal statement describing your interest in the field of epidemiology, your relevant background and experience, and your career goals. In your personal statement, include information as to what area of epidemiology you would like as your focus.
  • Provide a copy of the biographical page of your passport.

Updates on International Mail and I-20 Delivery I-20 Issuance and Shipping Announcement

Mail and courier services around the world continue to be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the University at Buffalo is now issuing electronic I-20s in accordance with SEVP Guidance. An original I-20 should not be required for visa interviews, at the Port of Entry or for most purposes once students arrive in the U.S. We highly recommend that students print the I-20 when they receive it by email, since not all agencies will allow students to show an electronic I-20 on their phone or computer.

Questions about the application process?

  • Amy Millen, PhD, director of graduate studies, MS and PhD programs, at aemillen@buffalo.edu or 716-829-5377.
  • Karen DeGarmo, graduate program coordinator, at krklie@buffalo.edu or 716-829-5364.

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 buffalo.edu/equity