Undergraduate Admissions

Incoming Students: Apply to the University at Buffalo

Incoming freshman or undergraduate transfer applicants who are interested in pursuing Jewish Studies must first apply and be accepted to the University at Buffalo.

When applying, you should indicate your intended major on the application form. All relevant information, including admissions criteria; the online application; dates and deadlines; and standardized test score requirements, can be found by visiting UB Undergraduate Admissions.

Current Students: Request to Change to the Jewish Studies Major or Minor

If you are a current undergraduate student changing to the major (Bachelor of Arts) or minor in Jewish Studies, please complete and submit the CAS Major/Minor Change Request form. 

Submit the CAS Major/Minor Change Request form to request one of the following changes to your academic plan:

  • Add a major, minor, or certificate in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Drop any major
  • Drop any minor


With questions about the application process, please contact the director of undergraduate studies. 

Graduate Admissions

General Information

Applications to the MA will be evaluated by the Department of Jewish Thought graduate admissions committee, based on each student’s submitted application and supplemental materials. We will also give consideration to distribution of applicants’ research areas, to ensure that there are students with career interests spread across faculty research groups.

Application Instructions

Prerequisites for Admission

Students must have a bachelor’s degree, or foreign equivalent, in the humanities. Reading knowledge of Hebrew is strongly encouraged but is not a prerequisite to admission. However, students must make up language deficiencies before their second year of study. Depending on a student's demonstrated area of interest, research proficiency in another foreign language may be needed in order to complete the final project or thesis. Undergraduate courses in many relevant foreign languages are available at UB for students that will need to demonstrate additional language competency.

Application Materials

  • Completed online application
  • Resume/CV, including any indication of reading knowledge of Hebrew and other non-English languages
  • Statement of Educational and Career Goals
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts from each university attended
  • GRE or GMAT results (optional)
  • International students must also submit proof of English proficiency (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS)