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Additional Admission Information
Admission to the Master’s and Ph.D. programs is open to students who hold a Bachelor’s degree. Applicants to the Ph.D. program whose qualifications are sufficient for the M.A. program but not for the Ph.D. program will be admitted as M.A. students. Students admitted to the Ph.D. program who do not already hold a Master’s will earn the M.A. degree as part of their doctoral studies. U.S. citizens may apply for admission on a part-time basis (However, doctoral students should be aware of the residency requirement and 7 year time limit to achieve the PhD). Students in the Master’s program who have completed, or are in the final stage of completing, the M.A. degree at the University at Buffalo must formally apply for admission to the Ph.D. program in order to pursue the doctoral degree.
Successful applicants will have a combined score of at least 310 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (1200 on old version), and a score of at least 4.5 on the Analytical Section of the same exam. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for admission to the graduate program. A minimum GPA of 3.3 in previous graduate study is required for admission to the Ph.D. program. For International applicants, the University at Buffalo requires international students to have a TOEFL score above 550 on the paper-based test (PBT) or 79 on the internet-based test (iBT), and the Department generally requires higher scores, especially for admission to the Ph.D. program. The Graduate Admissions Committee may waive these requirements if other application materials are deemed sufficient to warrant admission to the graduate program.
All applicants for the M.A. and Ph.D. program must submit the following information, by the deadline dates listed below:
- completed application form online;
- $75.00 (non-refundable) application fee. Please attach to your application a check or money order in the amount of
$75.00 in U.S. currency made out to: University at Buffalo;
- official or unofficial transcripts (which include your Grade Point Average) from all colleges and universities attended uploaded through the online application system.
Original, official transcripts are only required for all accepted students who intend to enroll.
- at least three confidential letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic work. Click here for the CONFIDENTIAL REFERENCE FORM
- official results of the Aptitude Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical parts) of the Graduate Record Examination.
Have the testing service mail official scores directly to the Department of Political Science (Institutional code is 2925 and Departmental code is 1999);
It is the responsibility of the APPLICANT to ensure that all materials are received by the deadline(s) posted. Applicants can see what materials have been received by the Department by visiting their status page. Also, applicants need to check their email, provided on their application, frequently. Any necessary communication from the Department will be done via email.
International applicants must also provide the following:
- official results of the TOEFL or IELTS examination. Have the testing service mail
official scores directly to the Department of Political Science;
- a certified copy of the International Applicant Financial Statement form (with applicable supporting documents
and signatures). You must submit this form showing the amount necessary in US dollars. That is, you must submit the form showing at least enough funds for one academic year. Please click on this link for the financial form: http://wings.buffalo.edu/intadmit/formgraduate.htm
All these materials should be sent directly to the Department of Political Science. The Fall deadline dates for ALL completed
application materials to the Department of Political Science are: January 8 for all applicants seeking financial assistance
from this Department. All other international applicants seeking Fall admission must have ALL completed application materials to
the Department of Political Science by March 1; all other U.S. applicants must have ALL completed application materials to the
Department of Political Science by August 1.
For those seeking Spring admission, international applicants must have ALL completed application materials to the Department of
Political Science by October 1; U.S. applicants must have ALL completed applications materials to the Department of Political
Science by November 1.