Master’s Program

International Student Admissions

As one of the United States’ most global universities, the University at Buffalo is home to more than 4,500 students from 110 countries.

We value international students as members of our community and will provide outstanding support services for you and your dependent family members, if they accompany you to Buffalo.

Our resources that will help you succeed at UB include:

  • one of the best and most thorough international student orientation programs offered by any U.S. university
  • a mentoring program for new international students
  • world-class learning and research opportunities
  • many opportunities to be involved in campus life, including international and local clubs and activities

In addition to being an affordable, friendly and fun city, Buffalo welcomes and respects international students.

You can apply to our master’s programs online. Your application will be forwarded to the department when you have completed the online application.

Once you submit your application online for formal review, you will be provided with a link to our online payment system, where you can pay the application fee.

After you have applied online, submit your official credentials to the program:

Halvorsen, Stanley

Stanley Halvorsen, PhD

Associate Professor

955 Main Street, Room 3214 Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2651



Submit these credentials to apply:

  • a completed application form
  • official transcripts from each college or university you have attended as a full-time student*
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a personal statement describing career goals and research experience; research experience is highly desirable

*We strongly recommended that you attach unofficial copies of transcript(s) to expedite the application process. Acceptances are provisional until we receive official documents. You will be notified if and when we request official materials.


A bachelor’s degree is required to enter the program. Admission is based on:

  • a grade point average of B (3.0) or better
  • examination scores
  • letters of recommendation
  • academic performance
  • research experience

Recommended undergraduate courses include general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physiology, physics and mathematics, including calculus and statistics.


We only admit students for the fall semester. The application deadline is Feb. 14th. Your online application and all supplemental materials should be in the department by Feb. 14th. 

The department admissions committee will review your complete application and contact you directly.


Once you submit your application online for formal review, you will be provided with a link to our online payment system, where you can pay the application fee.

Application fee waivers are not generally granted, but categorical exceptions are made for certain applicants. See the Graduate School’s policy for more information.

English Proficiency Requirement

International applicants must present a valid TOEFL or IELTS score. It is university policy that test dates be no older than two years when students enter a program.

  • Institution code: R2925 (SUNY-University at Buffalo)
  • Department code: 99

The minimum score that we accept is:

Internet-based TOEFL Test (iBT) 79
Paper-based TOEFL Test (PBT) 550
Computer-based TOEFL Test (CBT) 213