Ready to dive in? This page has all of the details on applying for the CDSE PhD program, including admissions requirements, deadlines and the materials needed.

Admissions Requirements

  • Master's degree in related field, including but not limited to: engineering, mathematics, business, marketing, pharmacy
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • GRE scores (Temporarily suspended)
  • GPA of 3.0 or better from your bachelor's degree courses
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for international applicants only)
    • TOEFL (IBT): minimum score 79
    • TOEFL (PBT): minimum score 550
    • IELTS: minimum score 6.5 (with no sub-score below 6.0)
    • PTE Academic: minimum score 55 (with no subsection score below 50)
    • Scores must be less than 2 years old

Application Materials

Detailed information on what to include in your online application packet is outlined below.

Please do not mail application materials.

All items should be submitted electronically with your online application. Please login to the UB application system frequently to ensure that all of their supporting documents have been received. Login information below.

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Application Form

All domestic and international students must apply online for the PhD program. Please note that the online application process will require you to upload supporting documents.

Application Fee ($85)

A nonrefundable fee of $85 is required to apply to the PhD program. You may pay the application fee online with a credit card or e-check.

College Transcripts

Copies of transcript(s) for all post-secondary schoolwork must be uploaded with the online application for initial review. Upon an offer of admission, accepted applicants will be required to submit official transcripts and proof of degree(s).

Letters of Recommendation (3)

Three letters of recommendation are to be requested through the online application by providing the names and e-mail addresses of recommenders. While we will accept letters from professional sources, we strongly prefer letters from professors who are acquainted with your academic interests, achievements, and abilities.


An account of your education and experience that describes your qualifications for the program. 

Statement of Purpose

As part of the application, the department requires a statement of purpose briefly describing your background and your academic and career goals. 

GRE Scores (Temporarily Suspended)

To be considered for financial aid, you must have at least a combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 on the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We typically place more emphasis on the quantitative section, looking for candidates that score in the 80th percentile or above.

It is university policy that all PhD applicants provide GRE scores. Arrangements to take the exam can be made through the Educational Testing Service.

Note: the University at Buffalo Institutional Code is 2925.

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences is temporarily suspending the GRE requirement for admission to our masters and PHD program for the Fall 2021 and 2022 application cycles.

English Proficiency Scores (for international students only)

International applicants are required to provide proof of English proficiency via the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). All applicants whose native language is not English will be required to provide proof of English proficiency. Please use Institution Code 2925 to provide your scores to us.

Are you unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you are not able to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (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.

Learn more about UB English language proficiency requirements

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Application Deadlines

Fall enrollment: 
Recommended deadline: December 31

Applications should be submitted in full no later than February 1.