Application Procedures – LAI Doctoral Programs
Ed.D. and Ph.D. Programs in LAI
To qualify for admission to any of the doctoral programs in the Department of Learning and Instruction, students must submit the following:
- Complete online application.
- Official, original undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all post secondary institutions attended. 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.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores.*
- Statement of career goals and objectives.
- Resume or curriculum vitae.
- Two academic or professional references.
- Admission interview.
- Entrance examination for mathematics education program.
- Sample of academic writing (e.g., master's thesis, professional publication).
- A USD50 non-refundable application fee, either by check or electronically along with the online application.
Application Requirements for International Applicants Applying to the Doctoral Programs in the Department of Learning and Instruction
In addition to the documents specified above, International applicants must submit the following:
- Official original proof of degree.
- A copy of your passport biographical page.
- TOEFL score report (must not be more than two years old from the time you begin classes). Minimum scores are as follows: 250 for the computer based test with a TWE score of at least 4; 600 for the paper based test with a TWE score of at least 4; 96 for the Internet based test with a minimum of • 22 for Reading, 22 for Listening; 24 for Speaking and 24 for Writing
- An IELTS score is also acceptable in lieu of the TOEFL. Minimum score is 7.0 for the IELTS with no sub score below 7.0.
- Two letters of recommendation on official letterhead (at least one of these should be from a professor with whom you have worked who can evaluate your academic performance) and should be placed in letterhead envelopes with the signature across the seal of the envelope.
- Financial documentation totaling $31,150; international graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S. All financial forms and supporting documentation must be originals with original signatures, and must be dated within one year of the time the applicant intends to enroll at UB. No action will be taken on dossiers of applicants who indicate no financial support.
- The International Financial Form located at http://wings.buffalo.edu/intled/admissions/formgraduate.htm
- An official bank statement translated into U.S. dollars
Admission is competitive: academic record and written statements are basic components.
Former/Maiden Name: Note to all applicants, please be sure to provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.
Questions related to the admission process may be directed to:
Ms. Pat Glinski in the Office of Graduate Admissions at (716) 645-2110, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Policies and Procedures Regarding the Application Process
Effective Fall 2013
All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.
Recommendation Letters: 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" the application.
For questions regarding the application process please contact:
Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Telephone: (716) 645-2110
Fax: (716) 645-7937
Application Deadlines for All LAI Programs
The doctoral programs accept applications for the fall and spring semesters on a rolling basis.
To facilitate timely processing of the paperwork for the student visa, we encourage all international applicants to apply as soon as possible, preferably before the end of April for fall admission and by October 1 for spring admission.
Applicants, who don't meet these deadlines, if accepted, may find it difficult to obtain a student visa in time for the beginning of the semester.
Special Requirements for Certain Program Areas
Special Education Ph.D. applicants need to submit GRE scores. No MAT scores are accepted.
A three hour entrance exam is required for secondary mathematics. The exam is given on an individual basis and you may arrange to take the exam by calling (716) 645-2455. You should call at least 24 hours in advance.