Admission requirements vary by program, but here we provide some general graduate admission requirements. Once you've read these general requirements, please contact your desired department for specific advice and details on submitting your application and documents.
To be eligible for graduate study at UB, we expect:
In addition to meeting the standard academic criteria for the program to which you are applying, international applicants must also demonstrate English proficiency. All international students must take one of the tests indicated below and meet the university minimum score requirement.
|Test Type ||University Minimum Score |
(varies by program)
|TOEFL (IBT) (including MyBest scores) |
TOEFL Home Edition
|TOEFL Essentials ||8.5|
|TOEFL (PBT) and TOEFL ITP Plus ||550|
|IELTS and IELTS Indicator ||6.5 |
|PTE Academic ||55 |
|Cambridge English |
|Cambridge English |
|Duolingo English Test (DET) ||120|
If you are a currently unable to take IELTS, PTE or TOEFL due to cancellations related to COVID-19, the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home.
Note: Many graduate programs have higher score requirements. It is important to contact your department directly to learn the minimum score requirements for your program.
Scores must be less than two years old at the time of admission; older scores will not be accepted. Official scores must be sent directly to UB from the testing agency. Copies may be submitted for initial review.
The following applicants are not required to demonstrate English language proficiency with a standardized test:
Many programs require you take a standardized academic exam. Check your program's admission requirements to see which test scores are accepted and/or required. Be sure you take tests early enough to provide scores by your program's submission deadline. Please note that it can take several weeks for the testing agency to process your order and deliver your scores to UB.
Application deadlines vary by individual school and program. Please review your department's website or contact them directly for the most accurate information. Contact information can be found on our list of academic programs.