How to Apply

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Admissions Criteria

PhD Applicants: Previous scholarship record from BA or MA program of 3.3 or better (based on a 4.0 system), strong fit with department areas of specialization, and strong letters of recommendation. Applicants are NOT required to find an advisor before applying. For the 2021 application cycle, GRE scores are recommended, but not required.

Master's Applicants: A grade-point average above 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system). GRE scores are not required for MA applicants.

Applicants should note that the undergraduate grade point average  required for admission to the sociology graduate programs may be higher than those set by the Graduate School at UB.

Application Deadlines

  • December 10: All PhD applicants 
  • March 1: MA applicants from P.R. China 
  • June 1: All other MA applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through June 1 preceding fall matriculation.

Please note: The UB Department of Sociology does not admit for spring enrollment.

Application Instructions

Use the link to access our online application system. You should begin by creating an account. Once created, you will be promoted to choose an application, select your term year and program. Please read the directions on your College of Arts and Sciences application carefully. Returning users can use this link to log in to their existing application(s).

Supplemental Materials

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

  • [Receommended, but not required] GRE Scores. Request an official electronic score report from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Use Institution Code: 2925 and Department Code: 2102. GRE scores are not required for MA or PhD applicants.
  • Academic Transcripts. Upload scanned copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, including the English translation, if applicable. An official transcript and Proof of Degree, in English, certified will be required if you are admitted and choose to matriculate to a graduate program at the University at Buffalo.
  • Writing Sample. Please submit a writing sample, such as a term paper, research paper or report. Writing samples are generally 10-30 double-spaced pages, and should reflect your best work, even if it is not sociology. Your application will NOT be considered without a writing sample.
  • Personal Statement. Please submit a 500-1000 word personal statement that outlines the questions, topics and/or methodologies that are of interest to you, your short- and long-term goals, and reasons why you are applying to the program, including your fit with departmental areas of specialization. This is also an opportunity for you to discuss any particular strengths or weaknesses in your record. Personal statements from MA applicants are often shorter, 300-700 words.
  • Letters of Recommendation. Request letters from three current or former faculty. These letters must be submitted electronically and should be written on institutional letterhead. Further instructions are included in the online application. 

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. No international application is processed without a TOEFL or other accepted English Proficiency Exam. Attach a photocopy of your results, which has been certified as a true copy by your registrar, to your application and request an official copy from ETS. Use Institution Code: 2925 and Department Code: 96. 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). Indicate in the boxes provided the amount available for each year of study (MA – two years; PhD – three years). You and your sponsor, if applicable, must sign and date the form.

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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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. 

Contact Us

Please contact us with any questions about the application process.