Undergraduate Applicants

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

Incoming freshman or undergraduate transfer applicants who are interested in pursuing physics study must first apply and be accepted to the University at Buffalo. 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 undergraduate students who are interested in majoring (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) or minoring in physics study must apply for acceptance into their desired degree track.

To request an application, or for further information about the undergraduate major/minor application process, please contact John Cerne, director of undergraduate studies. Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. 

Prerequisite Courses

  1. MTH 141 College Calculus I
  2. MTH 142 College Calculus II
  3. PHY 107 General Physics I or PHY 117 Honors Physics I (preferred)
  4. PHY 108 General Physics II or PHY 118 Honors Physics II (preferred)
  5. PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

Graduate Applicants

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Application Instructions

To begin the application process, all applicants must complete and submit an online application. 

The following supporting materials must be included as part of the online application:

  1. Academic Transcripts (Please upload a copy of this document, including the English translation if applicable.)
  2. Proof of Degree (Please upload a copy of this document, including the English translation if applicable.)
  3. GRE Scores (Please upload a copy of your scores AND request an official score report from ETS. See further instructions below. Please note the GRE General is required for entrance to the PhD track, and the GRE Physics is required for applicants seeking financial support from the department.)

Any student who accepts an offer of admission into the Department of Physics, and has not already done so, must submit their original academic transcript(s) and proof of degree(s). With questions about this requirement, please contact Prof. Xuedong Hu, director of graduate studies. 

Letters of Recommendation

Please request three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your past academic accomplishments and potential for future achievement. These letters must be submitted electronically. Further instructions are included in the online application. 

Official GRE Scores

Please request a copy of official score reports from ETS to be submitted electronically. The University at Buffalo code is 2925. The department code is 0808 (GRE only).

International Applicants

In addition to the above materials, international applicants must also submit the following:

  1. TOEFL Scores Please request a copy of official score reports from ETS and upload this document, including the English translation if applicable. Institution code: 2925. Department code: 76.
    Please note: The minimum iBT TOEFL score for admission is 79. To be considered for a teaching assistantship, a minimum iBT TOEFL score of 95 is required. 
  2. Passport Bio-Page
  3. International Applicant Financial Form (IAFF)
  4. Financial Documentation (Per the IAFF instructions)

Application Deadlines

January 1: Students applying by January 1 will be considered for a Presidential Scholarship or Dean's Fellowship offering additional financial support on top of being considered for a teaching assistantship (TA) 

February 1: Students applying by February 1 will be considered for a teaching assistantship (TA) as financial support

The Department of Physics will consider applications received after February 1, but will likeley not be able to offer financial assistance then, and visa prossing times for foreign students may also affect their ability to start school in August. 

Application Fee

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 the MS track who reside in New York State are eligible to apply for an application fee waiver, provided they have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and meet the admissions deadlines.

Downloadable Application Forms

Though applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application via the online form, in the event that this is not possible the following documents may be downloaded, completed, and submitted by post to: 

Graduate Admissions
Department of Physics
University at Buffalo
239 Fronczak Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1500

Contact Us

With questions about Department of Physics, or the application process, please complete the Physics Graduate Inquiry Form or contact Professor Xuedong Hu, Director of Graduate Studies.