Join a program that emphasizes quantitative research skills and
social scientific approaches to communication through
In selecting a University for graduate study, it is important to
consider not only such hard facts as the number of required
credits, but also the spirit and academic philosophy of the
Department. Our program emphasizes quantitative research skills and
social scientific approaches to communication and encourages
students to develop an individualized program. Our dedicated,
engaged, and highly published faculty will work with you to achieve
your academic goals.
Your application will be forwarded to the department when you have completed the online application.
In addition to the online admissions form, applicants must
submit the following materials. All documents must be attached to
your online application, with the exception of your official GRE
score sheet, which you must request from ETS:
GRE score reporting codes:
Additionally, international applicants must submit:
TOEFL score reporting codes:
The application fee is $75.
You may pay the fee online or send it separately by check to the department, made payable to “University at Buffalo, SUNY.”
Please note: The State University of New York has instituted a non-refundable fee of $75.00 for each application to graduate degree of study. Your application will not be processed until we are in receipt of the application fee.
A solid liberal arts education is the ideal preparation for
admission into the program. The program is especially interested in
applicants who have strong quantitative skills and/or
computer-programming skills, and who are interested in learning
advanced social scientific approaches to real-world communication
Each year the entering class of graduate students is selected from among applicants who have sufficient breadth of undergraduate training within and outside the field of communication and an overall undergraduate average of 3.0 or more (on a 4.0 scale).
Students with majors other than communication are encouraged to apply, but may be asked to take specific undergraduate or graduate courses to provide needed background.
Applicants for the MA Degree must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
Prospective students are encouraged to study fully this website as well as the Graduate Handbook (PDF format) in order to determine whether this may be a department that will serve their aims:
The application deadline for all students requesting financial assistance (generally PhD students only) is January 15. For international students not seeking financial assistance, the application deadline is April 1. Domestic student applications are processed until classes begin in the fall. Admissions are for fall semester only. There are no spring or summer admissions for matriculated students.
Answers to frequently asked questions about applying to MA and
PhD programs in Communication.
Answers to frequently asked questions about applying to graduate
programs in general at UB, prepared by the Graduate School
office. Information on housing, visas, fees, etc.
More detailed information about applying to the program,
curriculum and requirements, faculty interests, departmental
policies, and other key pieces of information.
The Department also welcomes non-degree applicants in our
courses. For further details, consult the Graduate Handbook.