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Graduate Program Application Information

Applicants ready to formally apply to the Sociology Department graduate program should complete their application online (see link below). The general deadline for submission of applications for admission and for financial aid (this includes teaching assistantships and scholarships) is January 15 for graduate studies beginning in the fall semester. Other applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through June 1st preceding fall matriculation. We do not admit for Spring enrollment.

The following materials are required for each application:
A complete Graduate Program Online Application

Application Fee.
For Fall 2018 admissions, the application fee for domestic MA applicants (including applicants from UB-SIM) is waived. International applicants and PhD program applicants completing the online GrAdMIT application are required to submit a $75.00 (non-refundable) application fee. Before you submit your online application, you should pay the application fee with a credit card online by using e-Pay.

Letters of Recommendation. The application requires three letters of recommendation from current or former faculty members.

Writing Sample. Applicants must submit a writing sample, such as a term paper, research paper, or report. Writing samples are generally 10-30 double-spaced pages, and should reflect your best work, even if it is not sociology. Your application will NOT be considered without a writing sample.

Personal Statement. Applicants must submit a 300-750 word personal statement that outlines the questions, topics, and/or methodologies that are of interest to you, your short- and long-term goals, and reasons why you are applying to the program. This is also a space for you to discuss any particular strengths or weaknesses in your record.

Admissions Criteria

Required: Scanned transcripts uploaded to GrAdMIT – you must supply transcripts from all Colleges and Universities which you have attended. An official transcript and Proof 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), an official transcript, three supporting reference letters, sample of writing ability (research paper, term paper, etc.), and personal statement. GRE scores are not required for M.A. applicants who do not plan to continue on to the Ph.D., but they are required for any applicant who plans to pursue the PhD or who wishes to be considered for a teaching assistantship, Schomburg fellowship, or other university funding.

Ph.D.: Previous graduate scholarship record from M.A. program of 3.3 or better (based on a 4.0 system), strong stong verbal, analytic, and quantitative GRE scores, an official transcript, three supporting reference letters, writing sample, and personal statement.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE):
Please send official scores directly to the University using the codes below. While there is no minimum GRE score required to apply for PhD admission, competitive GRE scores in the Department of Sociology are typically in the 150-170 range for PhD applicants. Applicants should note that the undergraduate grade point average and GRE scores required for admission to the Sociology graduate programs may be higher than those set by the Graduate School at UB.

SUNY/Buffalo Institutional Code is 2925; GRE code for Sociology is 2102

International applicants must also provide the following:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language – No international application processed without a TOEFL or other accepted English Proficiency Exam)
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 anticipated enrollment at UB.

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 UB.

A score between 500 and 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.

For more information about tests of English proficiency acceptable to UB, see International Admissions English Proficiency

Financial Documentation
Foreign applicants are required to complete an International Applicant Financial Form as part of the application process. Indicate in the boxes provided the amount available for each year of study (M.A.-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 at 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.

Upload 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 applications, supporting documents, and official test scores):
June 1 for applicants not seeking financial aid
March 1 for applicants from P.R. China not seeking financial aid
January 15 for all applicants seeking financial aid

Estimated Cost of Attendance

For further information, please contact Ms. Sue Ann Sciandra, Graduate Studies Coordinator at or (716) 645-2585.