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. The online application is fast, easy and secure. A $50 non-refundable fee is required.


  • March 1 to be considered for fall semester
  • Aug. 15 to be considered for spring semester


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

GRE scores; however, there is no minimum score. The results are used to evaluate your potential.

Minimum TOEFL scores of 213 for computer-based tests; 550 for the paper test and 79 for the IBT test (Reading: 19, Listening: 15, Speaking: 19, Writing: 19). As an alternative to TOEFL, UB also accepts Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) scores to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. A minimum PTE Academic score of 55 is required, with no individual section sub-score below 50. PTE Academic scores must be dated within two years of the time the application is reviewed by UB’s Office of International Admissions.

Supplemental Materials

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

  • You will need to submit a copy of your biographical page (with picture) from your passport.
  • Contact a faculty member in your area of interest to arrange an interview.
  • Secure two recommendation forms from individuals who have worked closely with you and have considerable knowledge of your academic performance.
  • Request that your official transcripts from each college or university you have attended are sent to the department.
  • Request that your GRE scores are sent to the department.
    When requesting your GRE scores, use these reporting codes: Institution 2925; Department 0214
  • Request that your official TOEFL scores are sent to the department.
    When requesting your TOEFL scores, use these reporting codes: Institution 2925; Department 77
  • Include a statement of career objectives and plans listing your area of concentration and research interests. This section is very important in the application process; complete with as much detail as possible.

Questions? Contact Us

Contact our graduate program assistant at

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