Application Requirements

Degree Requirements for Admission

Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) or M.A. Degree in related field. While an undergraduate major in psychology is not required, we suggest that students present a broad background in the applied social sciences including anthropology, psychology and sociology.

Requirements for Admission

Admission to the combined doctoral program in Counseling Psychology/School Psychology in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology is by online application. 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. The deadline for all materials is December 1.

The following items must be submitted before your application can be sent for formal review:

  1. Completed online application
  2. Graduate Record Examination scores. The General Test (i.e., Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing Sample) is required. The Subject Test is not required.
  3. Unofficial Undergraduate transcripts.
  4. Graduate transcripts, if applicable.
  5. References: two from academics and one work related. 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.
  6. Personal interview upon University request. Applicants must make themselves available for interviews with faculty on campus. In most cases there will be one current doctoral student interviewing as well.
  7. $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.

Admission decisions regarding the Ph.D. program are made once/year. Since the number of places available in the doctoral program is small, admission is competitive. The faculty makes a collective decision based on the applicant's previous academic performance, research interests, GRE scores, work history, and achievement, interview impressions, references, and the perceived ability of the program to meet the individual's expectations. In order for applicants to be admitted, it is important that their research interests match that of current faculty members.

NOTE: Transfer among the programs of the Department is not encouraged. Students should not expect to enter one program and later transfer to another.

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.

For questions regarding the application process please contact:

Ms. 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