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PhD Applicants: Previous graduate scholarship record from MA program of 3.3 or better (based on a 4.0 system), and strong verbal, analytic and quantitative GRE scores
Master's Applicants: A grade-point average above 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system). GRE scores are not required for MA applicants who do not plan to continue on to the PhD, but they are required for any applicant who plans to pursue the PhD or who wishes to be considered for a teaching assistantship, Schomburg Fellowship or other university funding.
Applicants should note that the undergraduate grade point average and GRE scores required for admission to the graduate programs may be higher than those set by the Graduate School at UB.
January 1: All PhD applicants and MA applicants wishing to receive financial aid consideration (including teaching assistantships, the Schomburg Fellowship and university financial aid)
June 1: All applications submitted after January 1 are reviewed on a rolling basis through June 1 preceding fall matriculation.
Please note: The UB Department of Comparative Literature will admit for spring enrollment.
Students who wish to pursue a PhD or MA in Comparative Literature must submit an online application:
GRE scores will be waived for the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters in lieu of COVID-19.
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:
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 before the application can be reviewed:
Additional TOEFL/IELTS Information
Financial assistance in the form of teaching assistantships is available. On the application form, please note where indicated if you wish to be considered for financial assistance. Our funds are limited and are awarded on a competitive basis. Awards for September enrollment are usually made in the preceding month of February.
An official GRE report from the testing agency is required to apply for financial aid. Verbal and quantitative scores must total at least 300 on the new version of the GRE or 1,000 on the old version of the GRE to receive consideration for financial aid. Please upload a certified copy of your scores to your application and request to have an official report from ETS sent directly to: Graduate Enrollment Management Services, The Graduate School, University at Buffalo, 402 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260.
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.
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.