International Application Requirements

The University at Buffalo is one of the United States' most international universities and offers a welcoming environment for students from over 100 countries.

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Application Requirements

In addition to your MSW degree, PhD degree, or DSW degree program application, as an international student you will need to provide the following materials:

1. A photocopy of your passport page

Upload a photocopy of your passport (photo page) to the proper section on your application checklist.

2. Copy of Current I-20 and Visa

If you are currently studying in the United States, you must upload a copy of your current I-20 and Visa to your application checklist. 

3. Official English Proficiency Scores

If you are an international applicant and English is not your first language, you must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score. The minimum accepted scores are:

  • TOEFL iBT®, 90
  • TOEFL CBT, 233
  • TOEFL PBT, 577
  • IELTS, 7.5
  • PTE Academic, 61

The test must be dated no more than two years prior to the semester start date.

4. International Applicant Financial Form and Bank Documents

These documents can be submitted after students are accepted; feel free to leave it blank on the application checklist. You will be able to submit them later when prompted.

Accepted students need to submit the Financial Form, along with bank documents showing funding for the first year of academic study (minus any scholarships you may be receiving).

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