Frequently Asked Questions


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Questions about the Online Application

1. Can I get a paper application sent to me?
No, we only accept online applications. The application is available at gse.buffalo.edu/apply.

2. What if I forgot my user name and password for the online application?
On the application login page click in the link that says "click here if you forgot your password." You will then be asked to enter your email address and your password will be emailed to you. The email address you enter must match the email address on your application form. Request your password using this link.

3. Do I need to submit GRE or MAT test scores?
Not all programs require test scores. Check the requirements for your specific program to see if you need to take the exam and have the results sent to UB. The program listings and their requirements can be found at the Apply Online page.

4. Do I need to submit TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores?
Command of the English language is essential for successful graduate study. If English is not the student's first language, he/she is required to demonstrate English proficiency before admission to a program. This requirement is usually met by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic. The minimum score for admission varied by program. If the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score falls below the program minimum, the student may have to attend a summer intensive English language program or a full fall or spring semester program. Detailed information on the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE, as well as exceptions to the requirement, are included with the application information for international applicants.

5. Where do I send my test scores?
For the GRE Exam:

  • Indicate University code 2925
  • Indicate department code 2005 for Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology Programs
  • Indicate department code 3001 for Educational Leadership and Policy Programs
  • Indicate department code 3301 for Learning and Instruction Programs
  • Indicate department code 4701 for Library & Information Science

For the MAT Exam:

  • Indicate that you want your scores sent to University at Buffalo or SUNY University at Buffalo. It is important that you do not confuse this with College at Buffalo, which is a different institution.

For the TOEFL Exam:

  • Indicate school code 2925 for all programs and department code 85 for all programs except educational administration programs where you should indicate department code 01.

6. Do I need to submit letters of recommendation?
Some programs do require letters of recommendation. Check the information for your specific program to find out if and how many letters are needed and whom they should come from.

7. Where do I send my letters of recommendation?
On the application you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing you a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" your application. If for some reason a letter needs to be mailed, send all letters of recommendation to:

Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services
Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

8. What are the deadlines for having my application submitted?
Application deadlines are different for each program. Check the information for your specific program to find out when the deadlines are. Some programs only admit students to begin study in the fall semester.

9. Do I need to send transcripts to UB with my application?
For the purposes of submitting an application for formal review, you do not need to send your official transcripts to UB. You should upload unofficial copies of your transcripts from all institutions you have previously attended to your application. If accepted to your program, yes, you must send official transcripts from all* institutions you have previously attended. These should be sent directly from those institutions.

*Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.

10. How do I have official transcripts sent to UB?
You must contact the registrar of each college or university that you have attended and ask them to send official transcripts to UB.

11. What address should I use to send my transcripts to UB?
Send all transcripts to:

Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services
Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

12. What should I include in my statement of career objectives?
Your statement of career objectives should be a detailed statement of your career objectives and plans. It should say how the degree program you are applying for will help you achieve those objectives and plans.

13. Do I need to submit an essay in addition to my statement of career objectives?
When you are completing the online application an area for the essay will appear if it is required for your program. An essay topic or question will also appear that is specific to your program. If the essay section is there then your program requires both a statement of career objectives and an essay.

14. How can I pay my application fee?
A $50 non-refundable application fee must be submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.

15. When will I find out if I have been accepted?
If the program you are applying to has an application deadline you should receive a decision within 6-8 weeks after that deadline. If your program has a rolling admission process you should receive a decision within 6-8 weeks after your application is complete. An application is complete once it had been submitted on line and once all supporting documentation (transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation) has been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions.


Questions for International Students

16. What is the cost of attending UB?
International students must show proof of sufficient financial means to cover all costs of their education. Information about those costs and the form that is needed to verify compliance is available at http://grad.buffalo.edu/Admissions/International_Student_Admissions/costs-of-attendance.html

17. What do I have to show to verify my financial ability to attend UB?
You must show financial documents to verify your ability to support your study in the US. Information about the required documentation is available at http://grad.buffalo.edu/Admissions/International_Student_Admissions/costs-of-attendance.html

18. Is there financial assistance available to graduate students in GSE?
Fellowships and assistantships, including tuition scholarships may be available through individual departments. Limited part-time employment on campus is available for international students.

19. How do I get a student visa to study at UB?
Once you apply and are admitted to UB, UB will issue an I-20 form to you. The I-20 form is the Certificate of Visa Eligibility form that you will need to apply for an F-1 student visa. More information on obtaining an F-1 student visa is available on our website at wings.buffalo.edu/intled/admissions/visatips.html or from the US State Department at travel.state.gov.

20. Do I need to take the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE exam?
Command of the English language is essential for successful graduate study. If English is not the student's first language, he/she is required to demonstrate English proficiency before admission to a program. This requirement is usually met by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic.

21. What score does UB look for on the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE exam?
The minimum score for admission varies by program. If the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score falls below the program minimum, the student may have to attend a summer intensive English language program or a full fall or spring semester program. Detailed information on the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE, as well as exceptions to the requirement, are included with the application information for international applicants.


Questions about the Graduate School of Education

22. What programs are offered by the Graduate School of Education?
The Graduate School of Education offers programs in four departments:

Programs offered in each department are listed on the GSE programs page.

23. I can't find the program I am looking for on the GSE web page.
You should start by visiting the Prospective Students section. The program information is organized in several ways to help you find the correct program. If you cannot find the program you are looking for, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services and we will help you find the information you are looking for. You can reach us at (716) 645-2110 or use the information request links.

24. Is there financial support offered by the Graduate School of Education?
Fellowships and assistantships, including tuition scholarships may be available through individual departments. Limited part-time employment on campus is available for international students. More information on those programs is available online at the financial aid page.

25. What does it cost to attend programs in the Graduate School of Education?
Current tuition rates can be found at http://studentaccounts.buffalo.edu/tuition/index.php


Questions about Admissions Requirements

26. Do I need to take the GRE or MAT test?
Some programs require test scores and some do not. Some will accept either the GRE or MAT exam scores and some will only accept GRE scores. To make sure you have the correct scores check the requirements for the program that you want to apply to.

27. Where do I send my test scores?
For the GRE Exam:

  • Indicate University code 2925
  • Indicate department code 2005 for Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology Programs
  • Indicate department code 3001 for Educational Leadership and Policy Programs
  • Indicate department code 3301 for Learning and Instruction Programs
  • Indicate department code 4701 for Library & Information Science

For the MAT Exam:

  • Indicate that you want your scores sent to University at Buffalo or SUNY University at Buffalo. It is important that you do not confuse this with College at Buffalo, which is a different institution.

For the TOEFL Exam:

  • Indicate school code 2925 for all programs and department code 85 for all programs except educational administration programs where you should indicate department code 01

28. What GRE or MAT score does UB look for in making admissions decisions?
Generally UB looks for successful completion of the exam. Specific score requirements vary based on program. General guidelines of scores for previously admitted students can be found in the information included with those programs that require the exam as part of the admissions process. Information on each program can be found on the programs page.

29. What undergraduate GPA does UB look for in making admissions decisions?
Generally UB looks for a successful undergraduate record. Each specific program sets the minimum GPA requirements for that program. Information on these requirements can be found with the information on each program on the programs page.

30. What are the requirements for admissions?
To apply for admission, prospective students should complete an online application, making sure to indicate the degree or certification program for which they are applying. A nonrefundable fee must accompany the application in order for it to be processed. Prospective students may apply to one program only in the school, and should arrange with all the institutions of higher learning that they have attended to provide the department with official copies of their transcripts. Certain programs may also require test scores or other information. All credentials must be received before the deadline specified by the department. When all records are complete and the application has been reviewed, the department will notify applicants whether or not they have been accepted. Admission decisions are not based on any one test or criterion but rather on a combination of measures.

31. What are the undergraduate study requirements for admissions into a GSE Program?
Undergraduate study requirements vary according to the program you are interested in. Lists of acceptable majors are available for the programs that have specific requirements. In general, evidence of a completed undergraduate bachelors degree is required before you can be admitted to any graduate program. Many doctoral programs also require evidence of a completed masters degree. More information on each program and the specific requirements is available on the programs page.

32. Do I need letters of recommendation?
Some programs do require letters of recommendation. Check the information for your specific program to find out if and how many letters are needed and whom they should come from.

33. Where do I send my letters of recommendation?
Send all letters of recommendation to:

Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services
Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

34. Will I be interviewed as part of the admissions process?
Some programs do require an interview. If your program has the requirement you will be contacted to set up the interview date and time after your completed application has been received. The notification may come by email so please check the email address you listed on your resume regularly.

35. Can I transfer in credits from another institution?
Transferring credits is done through a consultation with an academic adviser after acceptance to an academic program, on a case by case basis. Please review the transfer credit policies outlined by UB's Graduate School for more information.

36. Who can I contact for more information?
Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services at (716) 645-2110 or by email at gse-info@buffalo.edu

37. When will I find out if I have been accepted?
If the program you are applying to has an application deadline you should receive a decision within 6-8 weeks after that deadline. If your program has a rolling admission process you should receive a decision within 6-8 weeks after your application is complete. An application is complete once it had been submitted on line and once all supporting documentation (transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation) has been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions.