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Apply Online

Apply online to the PhD program. The online application is fast, easy and secure. A $50 non-refundable fee is required.


Apply by Jan. 15 for priority consideration and if you are seeking financial assistance; all applications must be received by April 1.

Applications are for fall semester admission only; there are no spring semester admissions.


All students are evaluated based on all of the submitted materials. Students who are close to any of these cutoffs will be considered in the context of all of their accomplishments.

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; master’s degree preferred
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum GRE scores in the 50th percentile for each category (Institution Code 2925) See exceptions for the GRE.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Completion of a college-level algebra or calculus course (with a minimum grade of C)
  • Completed coursework in the following subjects is highly recommended:
    • Biology
    • Health-related science (anatomy, microbiology or physiology)
    • Chemistry
    • Behavioral sciences, including a course in sociology or social psychology, and a course in anthropology, psychology, political science or economics

Supplemental Materials

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

We will consider applications with unofficial versions of transcripts or GREs. Official versions will be required before a final admission offer can be made.

  • Request that your official transcripts from each college or university you have attended are sent to UB. Required only at the time of entry to the program.
  • Request that your GRE scores are sent to UB.
    When requesting your GRE scores, use these reporting codes: School 2925.
  • Secure two letters of recommendation on the official letterhead of the referees.
  • Letters should be from someone who knows you from an academic, research or work perspective, ideally in areas related to the graduate program you are applying to. At least one letter should be from an academic institution.
  • Provide a current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Provide a personal statement describing your interest in the field of epidemiology, your relevant background and experience and your career goals. In your personal statement, include information as to what area of epidemiology you would like as your focus. If you would like to pursue the program’s cancer epidemiology specialization, include this information in your personal statement.

Questions about the application process?

  • Amy Millen, PhD, director of graduate studies, MS and PhD programs, at or 716-829-5377.
  • Karen DeGarmo, graduate program coordinator, at or 716-829-5364.

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