How to Apply

The University at Buffalo offers you the convenience of completing your application completely online. Please review the information below carefully, as our application process is decentralized and each department handles its own admission and application process. Admissions-related questions, or questions about your application should be directed to your department. Department contact information can be found on our list of academic programs.

Step 1: Choose your application.

For most of UB's graduate programs, you can apply directly to UB. However, some programs utilize external national applications. These programs require applicants to submit a supplemental UB application and fee. If you are applying to any of the degree programs listed below, please click on the corresponding link for further application instructions.

The remaining steps on this page may not apply to you if you are applying to one of the programs listed above. If you are not applying to any of the programs listed above, continue to step two.

Step 2: Start your application.

To start your online graduate application, you will need to create an account using an email address and password. Once this is created, it will be associated with all UB applications. Please be sure that the email address you use for this account is active for the duration of the application cycle.

You can partially complete an application and save it to be finalized at a later time. Find your desired program and corresponding application on our list of academic programs.

Step 3: Complete and submit your application for formal review.

Application requirements and deadlines vary by program. All required documents should be uploaded to your online application. If you are applying to multiple programs you will need to upload all required materials to each application.

Double check before submitting. Once you formally submit your UB application, you will not be able to make changes. You will still have access to upload supplemental application materials and check the status of your application, but you will not be able to change your application information.

Step 4: Pay your application fee(s).

A nonrefundable application fee is required for each program you apply to. Application fees vary by program.

After you formally submit your UB application, you will receive an email with instructions on how to pay your program's fee via ePay.

Questions about ePay?

Visit UB's ePayment Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.

Step 5: Submit official test scores electronically.

If the program you are applying to requires official test scores, be sure to submit them electronically. Check your online application to see which test scores are required. It may take up to two weeks for the testing agency to process your order and deliver your scores to UB.

The information below outlines how to submit official scores that may be required by your program of interest. Not all programs require academic test scores.

Academic Test To Order...
DAT ADA Department of Testing will report your official scores to central application services.
GRE Use Institution Code 2925.
GMAT Select "State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo."
LSAT Use Institution Code 2925.
MAT Use Recipient Number 1514.
MCAT Official scores are automatically released to AMCAS.

PCAT Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
English Test To Order...
TOEFL Use Institution Code 2925.
IELTS Select "University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY)."
PTE Select "University at Buffalo, The State University of New York."
CPE Select "University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY)."
CAE Select "University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY)."

Step 6: Submit all required materials.

Your program may require supplemental application materials. Be sure to upload all additional materials to your application before the submission deadline. Applications that are missing materials may be considered incomplete.

Information About Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit transcripts from every college and university attended. UB does not require official transcripts during the application process. Unofficial copies of transcripts are sufficient. Admitted students are required to submit official transcripts from all schools and will be given specific instructions regarding the submission process. 

International Students: Some departments may require you to obtain a transcript evaluation from a third party company. Please check with your department for specific requirements. Please do not mail any official documents unless specifically requested to do so.

Step 7: Receive your admission decision.

Throughout the admission process you can log in to your student status portal for application updates. Faculty members in each department evaluate completed applications and make admission decisions. Once an admission decision has been rendered, you will be notified to log in to your student status portal for information about your admission status, as well as any other associated offers of financial assistance or support. For questions related to admission decisions, please contact your department.

Quick Tip

Be sure to add all email addresses to your email address book or contact list and don't forget to check your spam/junk folder for important admissions notifications.

International Student Acceptance

Once you have been provisionally accepted by your department, your application must be approved by UB's Office of International Admissions. You are not officially admitted to the University at Buffalo and we cannot issue your Certificate of Visa Eligibility until this review is complete.

In order to be eligible for an I-20 or DS-2019 you will need to provide the following items in addition to the academic documents. These should be sent directly to your department electronically along with your other application materials:

  • Passport biographical page. Scan a copy of the page from your passport that includes your name, citizenship and date of birth.
  • Financial form. Download the financial form for your program of study and follow the instructions carefully. You and the person(s) who will be paying your tuition should sign this form.
  • Bank statement. To apply for your student visa, you need to provide bank statements showing you and your sponsor(s) have enough money to pay your first year’s total costs. Learn more about cost of attendance for international students.
  • Current U.S. immigration documents. If you are already in the United States on a visa, we will need copies of your current immigration documents. These may include:
    • Your current I-20.
    • Your current visa.
    • Receipt/approval notice from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
    • Any legal documents pertaining to your immigration status.

If your application is in proper order, the Office of International Admissions will officially accept you to the university and begin to prepare your Certificate of Visa Eligibility.