CISL Application Requirements

Application Deadlines for CISL

The program has a priority deadline of February 1st for fall admission and November 1st for spring admission. Applications submitted after the priority deadlines will be considered on a rolling, space-available basis as they become complete. However, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure we have enough time for the application review process and to allow you to complete all necessary steps for enrollment should you be accepted.

To facilitate timely processing of the paperwork for the student visa, we encourage all international applicants to submit an application well in advance of stated deadlines.

While we do our best to consider all applications received, please note that the admission committee will suspend application review approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the start of classes.

Application Requirements for CISL

To qualify for admission to the Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning Ph.D. program in the Department of Learning and Instruction, students must submit the following:

  1. Complete online application and upload transcripts and supporting documents.
  2. 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.
  7. Admission interview.
  8. Sample of academic writing (e.g., master's thesis, professional publication).
  9. $50.00 USD non-refundable application fee, either by check or electronically along with the online application.

International applicants applying to the Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning Ph.D. program in the Department of Learning and Instruction must submit the following in addition to the documents specified above:

  • 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 6.5.
  • 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:
  • A 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.

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.

Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
In order to be compliant with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), we are prohibited from discussing the admissions decision with anyone other than you, the applicant.

For questions regarding the program please contact:

Suzanne Miller, Program Director
Learning and Instruction
University at Buffalo
Telephone: (716) 645-4071

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
Telephone: (716) 645-2110
Fax: (716) 645-7937