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 Will Help You Succeed at UB

  • One of the best and most thorough international student 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


The deadline for the receipt of completed PhD program applications for fall admissions only is Jan. 15.

Please take into account that it takes approximately four weeks from the date that a SOPHAS application is completed for the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior to receive the application.

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


  • A bachelor’s degree; a master’s degree is preferred.
  • GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • A TOEFL examination completed within two years of enrollment with a minimum acceptable score of 600 for the paper-based test, 250 for the computer-based and 100 for the internet-based test. 
  • When requesting your TOEFL scores, use these reporting codes: Institution 2925; Department 50.

Four-step Application Process

  • First, complete the SOPHAS online application form.
    • When completing the SOPHAS application, please be sure to address the following in your personal statement: 
  • Next, submit your supplemental application materials, including:
    • Your TOEFL examination score
    • Your passport biographical page

Please note that the $50 UB application fee is different from the application fee paid to SOPHAS.

Mailing Your Supplemental Application Materials

Submit all supplemental application materials by mail to: 

University at Buffalo
School of Public Health and Health Professions
PhD Program in Community Health and Health Behavior
311 Kimball Tower, 3435 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14214-8028, USA

Questions about the application process?

Contact our Program Director via email.


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: