Graduate Admissions

We welcome your application and hope you can join our community of scholars!

Admissions Requirements

The University at Buffalo requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. (The average undergraduate GPA for accepted applicants is 3.66.)

Application Deadlines

  • PhD: The priority deadline for fall admission is the first Friday in January. Applications will be reviewed intermittently after the priority deadline and admissions decisions made on a rolling basis.
  • MA: None. Completed applications will be reviewed and admissions decisions made on a rolling basis. However, the deadline for applying for the first review session is the first Friday in February.

Please note: All applicants wishing to be considered for financial assistance are encouraged to submit a completed application as early as possible.

Application Instructions

Students who wish to pursue a PhD, MA or Advanced Certificate must submit an online application via the GrAdMIT system: 

Supplemental Materials

The following supporting materials must be included as part of the online application. Please read the instructions on the online application for further details. Your application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed until you have submitted:  

  • GRE Scores (PhD applicants only). Request an official electronic score report from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Use Institution Code: 2925. Official electronic scores will be automatically linked to your online application.* 
  • Unofficial Academic Transcripts. Upload scanned copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, including the English translation, if applicable. Official transcripts from each college or university attended will be due upon admission.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation. Request letters from three people who know your academic work or employment background. We suggest that you contact instructors or employers who know and will describe your unique qualities, especially relevant research experience and skills. These letters must be submitted electronically. Further instructions are included in the online application. 
  • 1-2 Page Personal Statement
  • 10-15 Page Academic Writing Sample
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

*If your other application materials are deemed strong enough to warrant admission, the Admissions Committee may waive the GRE requirement at its sole discretion if you make a case for it.

After an application has been submitted for formal review, applicants can view their application along with their supporting documents online by logging back into their application. For questions regarding how to access your online application, please visit the Graduate School.

Instructions for International Applicants

UB requires international applicants to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam. In addition to the above application materials, international applicants must also submit the following: 

  • TOEFL Scores. Request an official copy from ETS and use Institution Code: 2925. Official electronic scores will be automatically linked to your online application. 
  • Passport Bio-Page.
  • International Applicant Financial Form (IAFF) 
  • Financial Documentation (Per the IAFF instructions). 

Schomburg Fellowship

In order to be eligible for the Schomburg Fellowship, you need to be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above. 

If you would like to be considered for a Schomburg Fellowship, please upload a written statement to your online application (maximum of 500 words) describing how you will contribute to the diversity of the student body in your graduate or professional degree program, including by having overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.

Please note that such categorical circumstances may include academic, vocational, social, physical or economic impediments or disadvantaged status that students, as evidenced by their performance as undergraduates, have been able to overcome, or other characteristics that constitute categorical underrepresentation in their particular graduate program such as gender or racial/ethnic status.

Application Fees

The graduate application fee is $75 U.S. (payable online or by check or money order made payable to the University at Buffalo). After you formally submit your application, you will receive an email with additional instructions for submitting your payment. Currently, UB accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

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Master's Applicant Fee Waiver
Applicants to master's-level track who reside in New York State are eligible to apply for an application fee waiver courtesy of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, provided they have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and meet the admissions deadlines. 

Other Fee Waiver Opportunities

Other fee waivers are only available to students in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program (anywhere in the United States), Educational Opportunity Program in New York State (EOP), Higher Education Opportunity Program in New York State (HEOP), Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program in New York State (SEEK), TRIO, Upward Bound, GRE Fee Waivers, AmeriCorps Program, certain categories of sponsored, university recognized and approved exchange programs applicants, or applicants with that have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 on their Fee Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). If you fall into one of these categories, please contact us to request an application fee waiver to be submitted on your behalf. In all cases, you will need to provide official supporting documentation. 

Contact

Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies with any questions about the application process. 

1005 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0828

dgrinde@buffalo.edu

Director of Graduate Studies
Professor
Department of Transnational Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

1005 Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0828

dgrinde@buffalo.edu

Kathryn Cartwright

1010 D Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0796

kmangana@buffalo.edu

Secretary
Department of Transnational Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

1010 D Clemens Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0796

kmangana@buffalo.edu