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.

The SOPHAS application is also the form to use to apply to the MPH portion of any combined degree programs with the exception of the MSW/MPH.

If you are applying to the MSW/MPH program, complete the combined application.


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


Students are evaluated based on all materials submitted, and will be considered in the context of all of their accomplishments.

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Minimum GRE scores in the 50th percentile for each category See exceptions for the GRE
  • English proficiency as demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Minimum TOEFL scores of 600 for the paper-based test; 250 for the computer-based test or 90 for the internet-based test
    • Minimum IELTS score of 7.5
    • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) Minimum scoring on Old Scoring Scale 65 Overall, 185 overall on New Scoring Scale
    • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) Minimum scoring on Old Scoring Scale 60 Overall, 185 overall on New Scoring Scale
  • The following are highly recommended:
    • One general biology course
    • One health related science course (e.g., nutrition, anatomy, microbiology, or physiology)
    • One college level mathematics course (e.g., calculus or statistics; calculus is preferred for students concentrating in epidemiology; and at least two years of high school algebra)
    • One year of college level chemistry
    • Two courses in behavioral sciences, including a course in sociology or social psychology, and a course in subjects such as 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.

  • Request that your official transcripts from each college or university you have attended are sent to UB.
  • Request that your GRE scores are sent to UB.
    When requesting your GRE scores, use these reporting codes: School 2925; Department 0606
  • Request that your TOEFL scores are sent to the department.
    When requesting your TOEFL scores, use these reporting codes: School 2925; Department 50
  • Submit contact information for 3 references into the online application. References should be individuals who know the applicant from an academic, research or work perspective, ideally in areas related to the graduate program they are applying to. At least one letter should be from an academic institution.
  • Provide a personal statement in the online application describing your interest in public health, your relevant background and experience and your career goals.
  • Provide a copy of 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.

Send materials to:

Barb Sen
Graduate Program Coordinator
School of Public Health and Health Professions
320 Kimball Tower
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214

Questions about the application process?

Contact Barb Sen, graduate program coordinator, at

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