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.

How to Apply

You can apply online. You'll need to submit scanned copies of all required supporting documents before your application will be reviewed. You may save and edit your application as you go.

Official documents will be required if you are offered admission.

Once your application is ready, you must formally submit it and upload your documents.

Check Your Status

You may log in at any time to check your status.

The online checklist is your best source about the status of your application during the review process; please check it frequently. 

You will receive an email when your admission decision is available in the portal.

Special Note for International Students

If you are applying from outside the United States, apply as early as possible to ensure time for application and visa processing.  Regardless of your program’s deadline, it is recommended that you apply at least 6-9 months prior to the term start date (depending on your country of origin).  Check with your program’s application coordinator for specific guidelines.

Requirements

Submit these credentials to apply:

  • a completed application form
  • official transcripts from each college or university you have attended
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a personal statement of interest

Eligibility

You must have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent to enter the program. Admission is based on:

  • academic performance, including a grade point average of B (3.0) or better
  • examination scores: TOEFL for international students
  • letters of recommendation
  • research experience

You should have a thorough preparation in biology, chemistry and physics.

Deadline

We only admit students for the fall semester. Offers of admission are made on a rolling basis.

Fees

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.

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: 45 (biomedical sciences)

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

Contacts

MS Program Director

Blader, Ira

Ira Blader, PhD

Professor

Department of Microbiology and Immunology Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 955 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716-829-5809

Email: iblader@buffalo.edu

Graduate Program Administrator

Elizabeth Haremza

Senior Staff Assistant

Microbiology And Immunology

955 Main Street, Suite 5102 B, Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-2993

Email: haremzae@buffalo.edu