Application Requirements for Education Studies

The Education Studies program welcomes applications to the program on a rolling basis. All applicants are required to fulfill the following to complete their application to the Education Studies program.

Application Requirements for Domestic Applicants

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Completed online application with all supporting documents attached (
  • Upload unofficial transcripts from all colleges 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.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)+ scores
  • Two recommendation letters (either from an academic or a professional reference)^
  • A sample of academic writing (approximately 5 pages long)*

+GRE or MAT is required for Educational Culture, Policy, & Society focus area.
^Only students applying to education studies with a specific focus area(Comparative and Global Education, Educational Culture, Policy, & Society, or Education Informatics) are required to submit letters of recommendation.
*A sample of academic writing is required for the Educational Culture, Policy, & Society or Comparative and Global Education focus areas. Please note that an academic writing sample may become a requirement on a case by case basis per faculty decision.

Application requirements differ depending on focus area, please consult with the admissions office if you have any questions.

Please Note: Admission is competitive: academic record and written statements are basic components. Questions related to the admission process may be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions at (716) 645-2110, or by email to

Former/Maiden Name: 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.

Application Requirements for International Applicants

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

  • Official original proof of degree.
  • A copy of your passport biographical page.
  • An official bank statement translated into U.S. dollars
  • 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:
  • 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 213 for a computer based test, 550 for a paper based test and 79 (Reading:19, Listening: 15, Speaking: 15, Writing:19) for the Internet based test. Information about the TOEFL can be found at
    • The required minimum IELTS score is 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0. Information about IELTS can be found at
    • The required minimum PTE score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50. Information about PTE Academic can be found at

    Please note: These scores reflect minimum scores for the University at Buffalo. Specific focus areas may require higher minimum scores for consideration for admission.