Application Requirements

Master's Program in Higher Education Administration
with a concentration in Student Affairs

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 priority deadline for complete applications and for consideration for assistantships is January 15, and applications will be accepted until the class is filled. The program only admits students for the fall, but will consider non-matriculated students on a case by case basis for Spring classes.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed online application.
  • Resume.
  • Statement of Educational and Career Goals (Submit in online application)
    1. What qualities, characteristics and skills do you possess that make you a strong candidate for the higher education administration program?
    2. How does this relate to your personal and career goals?
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Three letters of recommendation (two academic and one professional). 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
  • 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.

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.

International Applicants

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;
  • 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
  • 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

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