Additional Steps for International Applicants

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1. Eligibility for graduate admissions

International applicants must have completed an academic program equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling. Students may apply during the final year of such a degree program, but must furnish proof of graduation before the end of the first semester of enrollment.

2. English language proficiency

All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency by submitting official test scores from one of the approved English language proficiency tests. Unofficial score reports may be uploaded as the admissions office has the ability to verify scores.

The following tests are accepted:

  • Duolingo (DET) UB is temporarily accepting the DET for admission to all UB degree programs for spring, summer and fall 2021. The DET is fully online.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    The IBT TOEFL is accepted, with a preferred score of 95 or better. The TOEFL (rPDT) is also accepted. The school code and department code for the University at Buffalo are 2925 and 02, respectively. For more information, visit the TOEFL website. If admitted, you will need to submit an official score report to finalize admission.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
    The university has established a minimum acceptable score of 55. For more information, visit the PTE website. If admitted, you will need to submit an official score report to finalize admission.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    The university requires a minimum overall score of 6.5 (out of 9.0). The school reporting code is 4454. For more information, visit the IELTS website.
  • The Cambridge English Proficiency (CEP) exam and the Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
    The university's minimum score for the CEP (also known as the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam) is 185 (out of 230). The university's minimum score for the CAE (also known as the Cambridge C1 Advanced) is 185 (out of 210). For more information, visit the Cambridge English website. If admitted, you will need to submit an official score report to finalize admission.

Score reports are valid two years from the test date. Plan accordingly to allow yourself enough time to prepare for the exam and for the score to be reported by the intended application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

English Language Proficiency Automatic Exemptions

The following categories of international applicants are automatically exempt from the English language proficiency requirement.  

  1. Applicants who are citizens of, and who were educated in the English medium from Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, eSwatini (Swaziland), Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

  2. Non-matriculated (non-degree) students attending UB under reciprocal exchange agreements with international institutions of higher education.

  3. Applicants who were enrolled at UB and are moving from one degree-level to another or one program to another with a break in their studies of no more than three years between the time of graduation and new enrollment.

  4. International students transferring from another U.S. college to UB, who
    (a) completed (or will complete) a degree at that U.S. college or were enrolled for at least two years at the prior institution; and
    (b) had a minimum 2.0 GPA at the prior institution; and
    (c) had no more than a three year break between the time of graduation / attendance at the previous institution and new enrollment at UB.

3. Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded as PDFs to your application for admissions review. Transcripts for all undergraduate credits earned towards your undergraduate degree must be uploaded for admissions consideration. Upload the front and back of transcripts (if back is blank, you do not need to upload the back). You may upload multiple transcripts.

International academic documents must be provided in original language and in English. Both versions are required for admissions consideration. International applicants must also upload a copy of their degree certificate in original language and in English.

Indian applicants must also upload a copy of their proof of degree as a PDF. 

If offered admission, further instructions will be provided in your I-20 package regarding the documents that you must bring to campus. Review the instructions included in the I-20 package. Do not send documents via postal mail or email, as they will be discarded.

4. WES or ECE evaluation

For students receiving undergraduate degrees outside of the United States, we encourage submission of the World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) Basic Course-by-Course Evaluation in addition to unofficial transcripts. This evaluation is encouraged, but not required. If you choose to upload a copy of this report along with your transcripts, remove the password protection prior to uploading the PDF.

5. Proof of degree or provisional certificate

All international applicants must upload a copy of their proof of degree or provisional certificate (if proof of degree has not been issued yet). Upload this document as a PDF.

6. Financial documentation

All international applicants must document their ability to meet all educational and personal expenses for the entire period of intended study before this university can issue an I-20 or IAP-66.

No certificate of eligibility will be issued without satisfactory financial documentation. Financial documentation is required for I-20 and visa issuance. This documentation is not required for admissions consideration and may be submitted after you receive an admissions decision, but we recommend that you submit it with your application to avoid potential delays in the issuance of your I-20.

It is essential that you read the international applicant financial form carefully and complete the correct form our program and term of entry:
MS Accounting
MS Finance
MS MIS - Summer
MS MIS - Fall

Complete and upload the form along with official supporting documentation as PDF documents. Acceptable supporting financial documentation examples are listed on the UB international applicant financial form. Please only submit one of the examples as noted on the form.

7. Passport photo page

International applicants must submit a copy of their passport photo page. Upload a scanned copy as a PDF.