Application Requirements

Social Studies Education: Adolescence (7-12 or 5-12)

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.

  • Applications are considered for fall and spring admission, with a deadline of February 1 for fall and November 1 for spring admission.
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is required.
  • Applicants to the Master's degree program (Professional Certification) must have applied for, or received New York State initial teacher certification in the matching certification area. If application for teacher certification is in process, proof of such application must be submitted. If already certified, a copy of proof of teacher certification is required.
  • Applicants must ensure that they have an acceptable major that can lead to New York State teacher certification. University at Buffalo's list of acceptable majors is available at: http://gse.buffalo.edu/tei/requirements

Applications are online. All sections of the application must be completed before submission electronically. The application cannot be revised after it has been submitted. To be reviewed for admission to the program, applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed online 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.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for applicants pursuing any of the tracks (initial, initial/professional, and professional) of the teacher education program.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.

Please Note: Admission is competitive: academic record, written statements and interviews 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 gseinfo@buffalo.edu.

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.

Admissions Decision

The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. Typically, this takes between 6-8 weeks. 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.