Graduate Admissions

The Department of Psychology offers several degree options for graduate students: Master's-level students may pursue an MA in General Psychology. Doctoral-level students may pursue a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology or Social-Personality Psychology

Admissions Requirements

The University at Buffalo requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. (The average undergraduate GPA for accepted applicants is 3.66.) Applicants need not hold an undergraduate degree or master's degree in psychology, and there are no specific undergraduate course requirements for admission to graduate study. However, courses such as introductory psychology, statistics and experimental psychology and/or research methods are preferred, as are applicants with previous research experience or clinically-related public service/employment.  

What criteria make for a strong application?

As the MA and PhD programs are research-based, applicants with clear and focused research interests and goals, along with prior research experience, tend to have stronger applications. However, different program areas may be looking for different qualities in applicants. Applicants may contact the respective area head of the degree program of interest to discuss any additional specific criteria.

Application Deadlines

  • December 4: All PhD applicants and MA applicants wishing to be considered for a Schomburg Fellowship (see below)
  • March 3: All other MA applicants 

All applications are reviewed soon after the deadline. Most applicants will be notified via email of the final outcome of their application. PhD decisions are generally made by March 1 and MA decisions by May 1.

Application Instructions

Applicants may apply to only one degree at a time within the same department. Applicants will not be able to apply for both the MA program and a PhD program, nor can they apply to two PhD programs, during the same admissions cycle.

Students who wish to pursue an MA or PhD degree in the Department of Psychology must submit an online application via the GrAdMIT system: 

All applicants are accepted based on the recommendation of individual faculty. In your application, please list faculty members whose research interests provide the best fit to your own interests. 

Supplemental Materials

The following supporting materials must be included as part of the online application. Hard copies of materials should not be sent to our office unless absolutely necessary. Please read the instructions on the online application for further details. Your application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed until you have submitted:  

  • GRE Scores. Request an official electronic score report from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Use Institution Code: 2925 and Department Code: 2016, 2001 or 2015. Official electronic scores will be automatically linked to your online application. 
  • Academic Transcripts. Upload scanned copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, including the English translation, if applicable. 
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Educational and Career Goals.
  • Letters of Recommendation. Request letters from three people who know your academic work or employment background. We suggest that you contact instructors or employers who know and will describe your unique qualities, especially relevant research experience and skills. These letters must be submitted electronically. Further instructions are included in the online application. 

Will my application be reviewed if I am missing a letter of recommendation or other application materials?

The department will review applications missing certain application materials, such as one letter of recommendation. However, applications missing all letters of recommendation, undergraduate transcripts or GRE scores will not receive full consideration. 

How will I know if you have received all of my application materials? 

After an application has been submitted for formal review, applicants can view their application along with their supporting documents online by logging back into their application. For questions regarding how to access your online application, please visit the Graduate School.

Instructions for International Applicants

UB requires international applicants to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam. In addition to the above application materials, international applicants must also submit the following: 

  • TOEFL Scores. Request an official copy from ETS and use Institution Code: 2925. Official electronic scores will be automatically linked to your online application. 
  • Passport Bio-Page.
  • International Applicant Financial Form (IAFF) 
  • Financial Documentation (Per the IAFF instructions). 

Can I waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement?

The TOEFL/IELTS are waived for students who are citizens of, and who claim to be, native speakers of English, and who were educated in the English medium. Citizens of Singapore who completed their education in an English medium environment and who obtained a grade of D or better on the Singapore O-level examination and can provide a copy of their scores can waive the TOEFL/IELTS. TOEFL/IELTS scores are waived for current UB students. Also, students currently attending another U.S. institution with less than a one-year break in study AND who can provide a photocopy of their expired score report may qualify if the original score meets UB’s minimum score requirement.

Schomburg Fellowship

In order to be eligible for the Schomburg Fellowship, you need to be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above. 

If you would like to be considered for a Schomburg Fellowship, please upload a written statement to your online application (maximum of 500 words) describing how you will contribute to the diversity of the student body in your graduate or professional degree program, including by having overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.

Please note that such categorical circumstances may include academic, vocational, social, physical or economic impediments or disadvantaged status that students, as evidenced by their performance as undergraduates, have been able to overcome, or other characteristics that constitute categorical underrepresentation in their particular graduate program such as gender or racial/ethnic status.

Application Fees

The graduate application fee is $75 U.S. (payable online or by check or money order made payable to the University at Buffalo). After you formally submit your application, you will receive an email with additional instructions for submitting your payment. Currently, UB accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

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Master's Applicant Fee Waiver
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. 

If you meet the criteria and have submitted the fee waiver application, please contact us at after you formally submit your MA in General Psychology application so that we can process the waiver.

Other Fee Waiver Opportunities

Other fee waivers are only available to students in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program (anywhere in the United States), Educational Opportunity Program in New York State (EOP), Higher Education Opportunity Program in New York State (HEOP), Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program in New York State (SEEK), TRIO, Upward Bound, GRE Fee Waivers, AmeriCorps Program, certain categories of sponsored, university recognized and approved exchange programs applicants, or applicants with that have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 on their Fee Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). If you fall into one of these categories, please contact us to request an application fee waiver to be submitted on your behalf. In all cases, you will need to provide official supporting documentation. 

Non- Matriculated Applications

Applicants interested in taking graduate level courses without applying to one of our degree-granting programs should contact us directly at for instructions on how to access the application. Non-matriculated applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, Verbal and Quantitative GRE scores in the 50th percentile or higher, and written instructor permission to take at least one course on the upcoming course schedule to be eligible for consideration. Accepted non-matriculated students can earn no more than 12.0 credit hours total per University policy.


Please contact us with any questions about the application process. 

Graduate Admissions

213 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-8617

Graduate Admissions Office
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences