International Admissions

As one of the United States’ most global universities, the University at Buffalo is home to more than 5,000 students from 110 countries. We value international students as members of our community and will provide outstanding support services for you.

Our resources that will help you succeed at UB include:

  • One of the best and most thorough international students’ orientation programs offered by any U.S. university
  • A mentoring program for new international students
  • World-class learning and research opportunities
  • Many opportunities to be involved in campus life, including international and local clubs and activities

In addition to being an affordable, friendly and fun city, Buffalo-Niagara welcomes and respects international students.

Apply Online

Apply online to the MPH program using the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application form. You will also need to pay the $50 UB application fee; this is in addition to the SOPHAS application fee.

This is also the application form to use for the MPH portion of the MD/MPH combined degree program.


Apply by April 1. Applications are for fall semester admission only; there are no spring semester admissions.

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A GPA of 3.0 or above

International applicants must demonstrate understanding of English as shown by one of the following: 

  • IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 with no individual sub-score below 6.0; or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) scores. The minimum PTE Academic score of 55 will be required with no individual section below 50. In addition, we now accept the Cambridge English Advanced (CEA) and the Cambridge English Proficiency (CEP) tests. Minimum university requirement for both of these new tests is 185 overall on the new scoring scale. Minimum GRE scores in the 50th percentile for each category. See exceptions for the GRE.
  • Minimum TOEFL scores of 550 for the paper-based test (our department prefers closer to 600) or 79 for the internet-based test (our department prefers closer to 90).
  • If you have completed a degree program in the United States and have a TOEFL score (or similar) that meets the minimum University at Buffalo requirements as cited above, you may submit a copy of that TOEFL score for a waiver of the TOEFL exam for this degree program.

Additional courses in mathematics if you do not have at least three semesters of successful coursework in calculus. Prior coursework in advanced calculus and statistics is desirable, but not essential. Also highly recommended are:

  • One general biology course
  • One health related science course (e.g., nutrition, anatomy, microbiology, or physiology)
  • Two courses in behavioral sciences, including a course in sociology or social psychology, and a course in subjects such as sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science or economics
  • A basic computing course

Supplemental Materials

Before you submit your online application, ensure that you have all of the supplemental materials ready.

With your online application, you will be able to upload transcripts, your resume and personal statement. Three letters of reference will be requested through the email addresses of the recommenders that you will provide in the application.

You should request that your GRE and TOEFL scores are sent to UB.
When requesting,
 use these reporting codes: School 2925; Department use School of Public Health or any department not listed.


  • Submit the biographical page of your passport
  • Complete the International Applicant Financial Form and provide an original, official bank statement documenting at least $40,645 in U.S. funds dated within one year of the date of enrollment.

Questions? Contact Us.

Contact Noreen McGuire, academic program coordinator, at or (716) 829-6142.

The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal access to its programs and activities. The entire notice of non-discrimination can be viewed here: