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How to apply for the Master’s in Psychology from the University at Buffalo

M.A. applications for Fall 2018 are now closed. Applications for the Fall 2019 semester will be available in August.

Potential applicants to the MA program are welcome to contact department faculty to inquire about research opportunities before applying.  A roster of department faculty accepting students for the mentored research program can be found here.  DO NOT list faculty who are not on the list unless you have contacted the faculty member and he/she has agreed to review your application. Generally, only faculty appearing on the list will review applications.  You MUST list at least one faculty member on your online application in the section provided.

Applications to the Department of Psychology’s Master’s Program are accepted based on the recommendation of individual faculty. Only those applicants whose research interests match those of a specific faculty member who is willing to serve as the student’s mentor will be accepted. If you wish to increase the competitiveness of your application, you should contact potential faculty mentors at the point of applying to the program.  However, you do not need to have a faculty member agree to be your mentor prior to applying.

We cannot consider applications without GRE scores; therefore, it is important that you plan to take the GREs early enough for scores to reach us by the application deadline. The GENERAL TEST IS REQUIRED; the subject test is optional.

Application is through an ONLINE form only.


To apply:

Complete the electronic application form

All application materials should be submitted online via attachments to your online application.  Hard copies of materials should not be sent to our office unless absolutely necessary.  Please read the instructions on the online application for further details.

Your application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed until you have submitted: (click item and details will appear in a new window)

  1. Electronic Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores
    • Psychology Subject Test Scores are not required
    • Institution code: R2925
    • Department code: 2016, 2001, or 2015
  2. A non-refundable $75.00 application fee
    • Application fee may be paid online.
  3. Personal Statement/Statement of Educational and Career Goals, which should be uploaded onto your online application.
  4. Transcripts: Scanned copies of all Undergraduate and Graduate transcripts uploaded to the online application.
  5. Three letters of recommendation
    Letters of recommendation should be requested from three people who know your academic work or employment background. We suggest that you contact instructors or employers who know and will describe your unique qualities, especially relevant research experience and skills. Letters of recommendation should be submitted online through the application system or, if absolutely necessary, sent as a hard copy directly from the author to: Graduate Admissions, Department of Psychology, Park Hall Room 210, University at Buffalo–The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14260-4110. Hard copies must be sealed and signed. We cannot accept photocopies of letters.
  6. Statement for Schomburg Fellowship:
    If you would like to be considered for a Schomburg Fellowship, submit a written statement (maximum of 500 words) describing how you will contribute to the diversity of the student body in your graduate or professional degree program, including by having overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. Please note that such categorical circumstances may include academic, vocational, social, physical or economic impediments or disadvantaged status that students, as evidenced by their performance as undergraduates, have been able to overcome, or other characteristics that constitute categorical underrepresentation in their particular graduate program such as gender or racial/ethnic status. In order to be eligible for the Schomburg Fellowship, you need to be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above. Additionally, applicants must formally submit their application and all application materials, including the Schomburg Essay, by November 30th. Any applicants who formally submit their application after November 30th will be still be considered for the MA program but will not be considered for the Fellowship. For more information on the Schomburg Fellowship, please visit the Graduate School website.
  7. Further requirements for International Students
    1. Regardless of financial ability, all accepted international applicants must complete and return the Graduate Student Standard International Applicant Financial Form. International applicants should read the Special Instructions and Information for International Applicants which is attached to the Financial Form and which provides information on the amount of funds needed for study and other necessary application information. Scans and copies of forms or documents will not be accepted.International applicants are not required to submit financial forms/documents with their online application.  Please note, however, that accepted applicants will only have provisional acceptance pending final review of the application, receipt of final documents (including the financial forms and documents) and determination by International Admissions of the applicant’s eligibility to receive the official documents necessary for a Student Visa.
    2. Scan and attach a photocopy of the biographical page of your passport to your online application.
    3. If you are an international applicant applying from a non-English speaking country, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and arrange to have official score results of the test sent directly to the department.  You may have ETS mail the scores to the department, but you should also have the scores sent to us electronically.  TOEFL scores must be dated within two years of the application deadline.  We require a minimum TOEFL score of 79.  Information and arrangements to take the exam can be made by contacting the Educational Testing Service at: may be taken in place of the TOEFL.  The required minimumIELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0. Information about IELTS can be found at IELTS scores must be dated within two years of the application deadline.  Official IELTS reports must be mailed directly from IELTS to the department.  Scans or copies will not be accepted.
      We strongly recommend that you make test arrangements early in the year so sufficient time can be allowed for the results to be reported before our application deadline.

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All application materials should be submitted online via attachments to your online application.  Hard copies of materials should not be sent to our office unless absolutely necessary.  Please read the instructions on the online application for further details.

Send to:

Graduate Admissions
Department of Psychology
Park Hall Room 213
University at Buffalo–The State University of New York
Buffalo, NY 14260-4110
Phone: (716) 645-8617