Application Procedures – LAI Doctoral Programs

Ed.D. and Ph.D. Programs in LAI

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. To qualify for admission to any of the doctoral programs in the Department of Learning and Instruction, students must submit the following:

  1. Complete online application.
  2. Unofficial 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.
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores.*
  4. Statement of career goals and objectives.
  5. Resume or curriculum vitae.
  6. Two academic or professional references.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.
  7. Admission interview.
  8. Sample of academic writing (e.g., master's thesis, professional publication).
  9. A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.

Application Requirements for International Applicants Applying to the Doctoral Programs in the Department of Learning and Instruction

In addition to the requirements noted above, international applicants should submit the following:

  • ALL transcripts/mark sheets and completed degrees/diplomas for ALL post-secondary schools attended.
  • Official original proof of degree.
  • A copy of your passport biographical page.
  • All international applicants (unless exempted) must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. International students may demonstrate proficiency by submitting official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic). Regardless of the type of test, scores must be dated within two years of the time the application is reviewed by International Admissions at the University at Buffalo.
    • The required minimum TOEFL score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 96 (Reading: 22, Listening: 22, Speaking: 24, Writing:24) for the Internet based test. Information about the TOEFL can be found at
    • The required minimum IELTS score is 7.0 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.5. Information about IELTS can be found at
    • The required minimum PTE score is 65 overall with no individual sub-score below 50. Information about PTE Academic can be found at Please note – The minimum PTE score required for acceptance to any program in Learning & Instruction is subject to faculty review.
  • A copy of your passport biographical page.
  • All financial forms and supporting documentation must be uploaded to your application with required signatures, and must be dated within one year of the time you intend to enroll at UB. No action will be taken on dossiers of applicants who indicate no financial support. International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S. Please use the standard graduate financial form at this link:
  • An official bank statement translated into U.S. dollars.

More information about cost of attendance as an International Student at UB.

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

For questions regarding the application process please contact:

Pat Glinski
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

Domestic Applications

The doctoral programs accept applications for the fall and spring semesters on a rolling basis, however, preference is given to applications submitted before March 1 for fall admission and before November 1 for spring admission. We encourage applicants to make every effort to meet the preferred submission date.

International Applications

To facilitate timely processing of the paperwork for the student visa, we encourage all international applicants to apply as soon as possible, preferably by March 1 for fall admission and by October 1 for spring admission. We encourage applicants to make every effort to meet the preferred submission date.

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.