Application to the Graduate Program
Applicants ready to formally apply to the Sociology Department graduate program should complete their application on-line by clicking on the link below. The general deadline for submission of applications for admission and for financial aid (this includes teaching assistantships) is January 15 for graduate studies beginning in the fall semester. Other applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through April 15th preceding fall matriculation. Most Sociology graduate students are accepted into the program for fall semester matriculation.
The following materials are required for each application:
A complete Graduate
Program Online Application
Applicants completing the On-Line Application are required to submit a $75.00* (non-refundable) application fee. Before you submit your online application, you may pay the application fee online by using UB e-Pay with a credit card. If you don't have a credit card, please mail a check or money order in the amount of $75 in U.S. currency made out to: University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Mail to: University at Buffalo, Department of Sociology, Attn: Graduate Program, 430 Park Hall, Buffalo, New York 14260-4140.
This fee will not be waived, but can be deferred (payable upon arrival at the University) for citizens of countries which forbid or severely limit the possession or exchange of foreign currency. The fee can be deferred only while you are a resident of said country and only when initially filing your application. Request for fee deferral should be attached to the application.
Letters of Recommendation. As part of the application process, the Department requires applicants to request letters of recommendation from three current or former faculty to submit on their behalf.
Writing Sample. Applicants are required to submit a writing sample (term paper, research paper, report, etc.). Your file will not be considered for admission without the writing sample.
Financial Aid Support Form. Foreign applicants are also required to complete a financial support form as part of the application process. Please click here to access and download this form: International Students Financial Aid Support Form
Required: Scanned transcripts uploaded to GrAdMIT** - you must supply transcripts from all Colleges and Universities which you have attended. Two official transcripts and Proofs of Degree, in English, certified will be required if you are admitted and choose to matriculate to a Graduate Program at the University at Buffalo.
- M.A.: A grade-point average above 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system), a combined verbal and quantitative GRE score above 300 on the new version of the GRE or 1,000 on the old version, two official transcripts, three supporting reference letters, and sample of writing ability (Research Paper, Term Paper, etc.).
- Ph.D.: Previous graduate scholarship record from M.A. program of 3.3 or better (based on a 4.0 system), a combined verbal and quantitative GRE score above 300 on the new version of the GRE or 1,000 on the old version, two official transcripts, three supporting reference letters, and sample of writing ability.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language - No international application processed without a TOEFL.)
- Only the International test is accepted; an official report from E.T.S. is required for an I-20.
- SUNY/Buffalo Institutional Test Code is 2925; TOEFL code for Sociology is 96.
- Test must be dated within two (2) years of enrollment at SUNY/Buffalo.
- A minimum official score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) is required to register for academic study.
- The new Internet TOEFL Test Score minimum requirement of 79 must be met.
- Attach a photocopy of your results, which has been certified as a true copy by your registrar, to your application and have an official report from E.T.S. sent directly to this office.
- A score between 500-549 (paper) or between 173 and 210 (computer) requires satisfactory completion of the SUNY/Buffalo Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) before academic registration. Your score determines the length of time needed for study (6-week or 12-week summer or full semester).
- IELI will issue an I-20, valid for the study of English only, after your acceptance into its program. You may not register for course work while attending IELI.
- There is no financial assistance for the study of English.
Financial Documentation (U.S. $33,443/applicant, $6,800/spouse, $4,800/child - per year)
These figures are subject to change without notice.
- Financial Statement Form: Download form, International Students Financial Aid Support Form Indicate in the boxes provided the amount available for each year of study (M.S.-two years; Ph.D.-three years). You and your sponsor, if applicable, must sign and date the form.
- Proof of Financial Support: Photo copy of bank statement must be sent to department - Proof of liquid assets will also be accepted. Please indicate the value in U.S. dollar equivalent. Official bank statement, or a certified copy verifying that you or your sponsor have the first year's funds on deposit will be required if you are admitted and choose to matriculate to a Graduate Program at the University at Buffalo
- Affidavit of Support: Photocopy of affidavit of support must be sent to department - Original or certified copies with an official bank statement verifying funds on deposit will be required if you are admitted and choose to matriculate to a Graduate Program at the University at Buffalo.
- All documents (Financial Statement form, affidavits of support, and bank statements) must be dated within one year of enrollment at the University of Buffalo. (NOTE: The University at Buffalo reserves the right to rescind admission and revoke the I‐20 Certificate of Visa Eligibility if it learns that any fraudulent documents were submitted, or if any false or misleading statements were submitted, or if any required information or documents were omitted as part of your application.)
Financial Assistance in the form of teaching assistantships (Official GRE report from the testing agency is required to apply for financial aid.)
- Verbal and quantitative scores must total at least 300 on the new version of the GRE or 1,000 on the old version of the GRE to receive consideration for financial aid.
- SUNY/Buffalo Institutional code is 2925; GRE code for Sociology is 2102.
- Attach to your application a photocopy which has been certified as a true copy by your principal or registrar and have an official report from E.T.S. sent directly to: Graduate Enrollment Management Services, The Graduate School, University at Buffalo, 402 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260.
- A request for financial aid consideration is obtained by checking the appropriate response on the application form.
- Awards for September enrollment are usually made in the preceding month of February.
- Our funds are limited and are awarded on a competitive basis.
Deadlines (For all documents and official test scores.)
- Fall admission: May 1 of the same calendar year (March 1 for P.R. China); January 15 for all who are applying for financial aid.
- For further information, please contact Sue Ann Sciandra, Graduate Studies Coordinator at email@example.com or (716) 645-2585
* effective 1/1/2010
** effective 9/10/2012