Graduate Admissions for MSL

Application Requirements

The MSL program is competitive, and it is usually suggested that a student have a 3.0 GPA at the time of application; students must maintain a 3.0 throughout the program and will be put on academic probation when falling below that. For international applicants with different grading systems (e.g., 0-100), submitted scores will be considered in relation to the top scores of the grading system in that country. Applicants will also be asked to list the names and email addresses of two individuals who are willing to write online letters of recommendation. They will be contacted after you have submitted your application for review.

International applicants who do not speak English as their native language must take a language proficiency exam and upload their scores upon application. In line with the general UB grad school requirements, the EEB Program accepts TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, CAE, and CPE scores.

Preferred Application Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until capacity is reached, at which point admissions close. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, contact our Graduate Enrollment team at


Admission is based on the strength of the student’s academic record, letters of recommendation, as well as language proficiency (for international applicants). Your statement of purpose is your opportunity to tell the graduate admissions committee about yourself and your history. Your statement should describe your educational goals, professional interests and how this program will help you achieve your long range goals.

Accepted students will subsequently be required to submit official copies of these documents (transcripts and language proficiency scores, if appropriate) before enrolling.

There is no institutional or departmental financial assistance available for this master’s degree program. Students are advised to apply for Federal Financial Aid as needed, and or other sources of financial support such as grants, scholarships and fellowships, where appropriate. Information about financial aid is available from the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admissions.

The graduate application fee is $75 U.S. (payable online or by check or money order made payable to the University at Buffalo). Applicants to master's-level tracks 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.  

Application Checklist

Application Checklist:

•   Upload transcripts and statement of purpose (SOP) into the application
•   2 recommendation letter writers and their email addresses into the application
•   Pay $75 non-refundable application fee
•   Upload language proficiency test scores into the application (International Applicant only)
•   Upload copy of passport biographical page  (International Applicant only)
•   All materials should be submitted by  January 31st for full consideration. Applications received after January 31st will be considered on a rolling basis. To maximize your chances for admission, please submit your application prior to January 31st.