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:
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 Dr. 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.
Please request a copy of official score reports from ETS (GRE & TOEFL exams) to be submitted electronically. The 2016-2017 University at Buffalo code is 2925.
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.
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:
Department of Physics
University at Buffalo
239 Fronczak Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1500
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 MA or MS tracks 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.