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 applicants who are not native English speakers, including those who are transferring from or who have completed degree programs at other U.S. colleges or universities, must prove their English language proficiency by taking a standardized test and reporting the score to the university. Unofficial score reports may be uploaded as the admissions office has the ability to verify scores.

The following tests are accepted:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The IBT TOEFL is accepted, with a preferred score of 95 or better and no section lower than 22. The school code and department code for the University at Buffalo are 2925 and 02, respectively. For more information, visit the TOEFL website.

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

The university has established minimum acceptable scores at a 73 total and a minimum of 68 on each of the individual sections of the PTE. Students who enter the program with the PTE will be required to take an institutional TOEFL after arrival at the university at no cost. For more information, visit the PTE website.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The university requires a score of 6.5 overall with no section less than 6.0. The school reporting code is 4454. For more information, visit the IELTS website.

Score reports expire two years from the date the exam is taken. Be sure to submit valid score reports. Additionally, 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. If you are admitted, you must submit an official score report to finalize admission.

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. For additional information regarding Indian three-year degrees, see additional information [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:
MBA
MS Accounting
MS Finance
MS MIS - Summer
MS MIS - Fall
PhD

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.