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.
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:
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated difficulties in test taking, scores in both GRE General and GRE Physics Tests are now optional supporting evidence for your application.
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.
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.
If you decide to request an official GRE score report to be sent to us from ETS, the University at Buffalo code is 2925, while the department code is 0808 (GRE only)
In addition to the above materials, international applicants must also submit the following:
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.
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.