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 welcomes and respects international students.

Apply Online

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

The online application will be available in early November for fall admission the following year; there are no spring semester admissions.


Apply by Feb. 1 for the fullest consideration for financial aid; we will accept applications after Feb. 1.


  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; a degree in a rehabilitation-related discipline is preferred but not required
  • GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • GRE scores from within the past four years. We would prefer a total verbal and quantitative score of 300 or above.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 79 is required. Must be taken within two years prior to admission.

Supplemental Materials

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

  • Submit a copy of your biographical page (with picture) from your passport.
  • Secure three professional recommendation letters from individuals who have worked closely with you and have considerable knowledge of your academic performance.
  • Request that your official transcripts from each college or university you have attended are sent to the department.
  • Request that your GRE scores are sent to the department.
    When requesting your GRE scores, use these reporting codes: School 2925; Department 0618
  • Request that your TOEFL scores are sent to the department.
    When requesting your TOEFL scores, use these reporting codes: School 2925; Department 44
  • Include a personal statement describing why you want to enroll in the program and the specific area within the broad discipline of rehabilitation science that interests you most.  
  • Review faculty research interests. Faculty currently accepting PhD students to mentor include:  Robert Burkard, Nadine Fisher, Jeanne Langan, Patricia Ohtake, Kirkwood Personius, and Machiko Tomita.


The Rehabilitation Science Steering Committee may request a telephone interview as part of the application review process.

Questions about the application process?

Nadine Fisher, EdD, program director, at

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