Ask us

This page offers you a chance to ask any question you may have regarding your academic department, the application or enrollment processes, or the UB campus, and have it answered by a UB employee in Graduate Enrollment Management Services or a fellow UB student.

The page is intended to be an open forum. PLEASE, share your questions and responses and interact with each other using the comment section of this page!


67 thoughts on “Ask us

    Harsh Kulkarni said:
    February 1, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I am Harsh Kulkarni. I have already applied for the Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. I have also sent my material and I could see its update in my account that you have recieved the material. I had sent my GRE and TOEFL scores three weeks before still there has been no update regarding whether you have recieved it or not. So can you please confirm and tell me whether you have recieved my scores?

      gradvantage responded:
      February 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      Harsh Kulkarni,

      Thank you for your inquiry. We have received your TOEFL and GRE scores and sent them to the industrial engineering department. Below is the contact information for the industrial engineering department to better assist you. If you have anymore questions please send us an email at Thank you.

      * Department: Industrial Engineering
      * Contact: Pat Brock
      * Address: 407 Bell Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-2050
      * Telephone: (716) 645-4709
      * Fax: (716) 645-3302
      * Email:

      Graduate Recruitment

    Kawthar Al-Dabhani said:
    September 26, 2010 at 11:13 am

    i am applying for chemical engineering the spring of 2011 and one of their requirements is TOEFL. Would i need to submit another one even though i did my undergrad at UB?

      gradvantage responded:
      October 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      Hello Kawthar Al-Dabhani

      TOEFL scores are only valid for 5 years, So If that time has already lapse you will need to take the exam again. If that is not the case, you can have the ungraduate department forward your scores to the office of Graduate enrollment management services.

      Graduate Recruitment.

    Kawthar Al-Dabhani said:
    September 26, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I am currently applying for the spring semester2011 for chemical engineering. One of its requirements was the TOEFL. Do I need to take it again even though I already took and was accepted at UB for undergrad?

    Francis said:
    September 14, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Is there any form I can get to send to my professors to write my letters of recommendation?
    It will be difficult to get them to submit the recommendation only electronically since I am no more a student and they are a 1000 miles away

    Josh said:
    September 3, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I’m looking for help setting up a way to communicate with my professors class. As his TA, I am supposed to send out periodic e-mails, etc. He said he has never had to do anything before, so I’m wondering how to make it work – probably without UB learns. Any thoughts? Thanks

    Aman Khanna said:
    August 23, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I wanted to know what policy does UB have on deferring admission.
    Can a course this fall for a Masters in Computers Science be deferred till next sem(say Jan-Feb 2011) or is it deferred till next Fall (Aug 2011)…
    Also, what procedure needs to be followed for the same.


      gradvantage responded:
      August 25, 2010 at 2:55 pm


      Thank you for your inquiry. If you want to defer your admission to Spring 2011 or Fall 2011, please email the department directly as soon as possible. The contact information for the Computer Science and Engineering is –

      Contact: Yvette Pardee
      Address: 201 Bell Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-2000
      Telephone: (716) 645-3180
      Fax: (716) 645-3464

      Thank you

    Manoj Kumar said:
    June 29, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Is there any Departmental Orientation prior to the International Students Orientation?

      gradvantage responded:
      June 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm

      Hello Manoj,

      Yes there will be a departmental orientation which may or may not coincide with the international orientation. Your department will get in touch with you soon with the date and time of the departmental orientation. You can also email them regarding the same.

      Thank you
      Graduate Recruitment

    janakinadh said:
    June 22, 2010 at 5:00 am

    i had recieved a confirmation mail after i applied as the above email id as reference. i am yet to receive any further mail.please let me know what can i do.

      gradvantage responded:
      June 22, 2010 at 11:42 am


      Could you be more specific what you are refering to? And what your question is?

      Thank you

    gradvantage responded:
    June 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm


    Please refer to the departmental contact provided in the above post. I would recommend calling/emailing the department if you still haven’t received your I-20 by next week.

    Thank you

    Aravindh said:
    June 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    For Fall-2010 your I-20 should have reached you by now. If not, wait for two weeks and give the admissions office of your particular department an email.

    Joshy said:
    June 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I hav already confirmed my acceptance in the graduate admission page.I would like to know when after this can I expect the I20 to reach my hands?


    Joshy said:
    June 10, 2010 at 4:03 am

    I have received an accept for MS in EE for fall10 weeks ago but is still waiting for an I20.When would I get the I20?Whom should I enquire inorder to get an accurate reply so that I can take the embassy dates accordingly.


      gradvantage responded:
      June 10, 2010 at 10:54 am

      Hey Josh,

      To check the status of your I 20 you would have to contact the department you applied to. Following is the contact information for the Electrical Engg program –

      Department: Electrical Engineering
      Contact: Deanie Hedrick
      Address: 332 Bonner Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1920
      Telephone: (716) 645-2768
      Fax: (716) 645-3656

    Mohammadjavad Mohammadi said:
    March 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    To: Office of Graduate Enrollment Management Services
    From: Mohammadjavad Mohammadi– Date of Birth: 12/22/1986
    MS Applicant of Chemical Engineering
    Date: Friday, March 19, 2010Dear Lisa,
    Shall I have some information about admission decision ?.
    Thanks and highly appreciate in advance for your respond by return mail .
    Very Truly Yours,
    Mohammadjavad Mohammadi
    Amirkabir University of Technology
    Department of Chemical Engineering
    No. 424, Hafez Avenue, Tehran, Iran
    PO Box: 15875-4413,
    E-mail :

      gradvantage responded:
      March 25, 2010 at 11:53 am

      Hello Mohammadjavad,

      Thank you for your comment. the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering would best be suited to respond. We have a decentralized graduate admissions process at the University at Buffalo, therefore, each individual department is responsible for program details such as: application deadlines, requirements and ultimately, the admission status of your application. I have fowarded your inquiry to the appropriate department (this was the email you mistakenly received prior to this one) but for future reference, I have provided departmental contact information below:

      Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
      Contact: Dawn Townsend
      Address: 303 Furnas Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-4200
      Telephone: (716) 645-2913
      Fax: (716) 645-3822

      I hope this helps!
      Graduate Enrollment Management Services

    vrunda patel said:
    March 8, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    hi there,

    I want to apply for masters in pharmaceutics, my toefl score is 79 and my gre score is 930 and i did bachelors in pharmacy from rajiv gandhi university of health sciences with aggregate of 76% , can i still apply with my these gre n toefl score ? I am also aware for the application deadlines , i was not able to match with it, can u please help me out with these queries?

    thank you,

    vrunda patel

    jon said:
    March 2, 2010 at 11:52 am

    hi! i have applied to the English PhD program, and I haven’t heard back yet. is the department done offering acceptances for the 2010 cohort?

    all the best,

      gradvantage responded:
      March 3, 2010 at 11:02 am

      Hi there,

      No, that just means the department is still in the process of reviewing the applications. They will be in contact with you soon.

      Thank you for your patience!


    Marzieh said:
    February 25, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I am Marzieh fro Iran aplying for Physics PhD program 2010,..
    I would like to know when the final decision will be made about the admissions?
    Best Regards

      gradvantage responded:
      March 1, 2010 at 10:53 am

      Hi Marzieh,

      The final deadline for the acceptance decision for Physics department is April 15, 2010.


      Abhishek said:
      March 6, 2010 at 8:25 am

      HI Marzieh I have also applied for PhD Physics, Have you got any info about the admission yet. cud you please post to me if you get any info?

    Adam Graczyk said:
    February 15, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Hi, I’m Adam. I’m coming to a UB graduate information session this friday. I was thinking about staying the night, can anyone tell me if there is anything going on on campus friday night?

      gradvantage responded:
      February 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm


      There are plenty of opportunities to stay off campus in affordable hotels. Please look up (google) hotels/lodgings near South Campus, UB, Buffalo. It will give you a decent amount!

      Grad Recruit

    Aniruddha Pataskar said:
    February 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I hv got an admit to fall2010 without aid. Does that mean i will not get an on-campus job or RA/TA/GA for entire course? The letter says If you accept our offer of admission without aid you can e-mail me. Can i ask them to consider my application for aid by not accepting the offer?

      gradvantage responded:
      February 12, 2010 at 10:01 am

      Dear Aniruddha,
      It just means that you might have not qualified for a merit-based or need-based scholarship sponsored directly through UB. However, you may still find a job on campus upon your arrival.


    UJJWAL C. JOSHI said:
    January 23, 2010 at 11:02 am

    there s a question….
    i want to apply for MS in Pharmaceutical Science, which has the deadline Feb 15th 2010
    i have all documents ready except the GRE score,which i will get on 24th feb 2010….
    so will they accept my application? should i apply?

      gradvantage responded:
      January 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm

      I would contact the department directly and maybe they will be able to accomodate your request.

      Here is the info you will need for the Pharmaceutical Sciences program
      Contact: Rita Urben
      Address: 517 Hochstetter Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1200
      Telephone: (716) 645-4834
      Fax: (716) 645-3693

    Kamal said:
    January 19, 2010 at 6:57 am

    I have sent all the necessary documents to UB except the financial docs. I want to know that could i sent this bank statement


    We certify that if ________________resident of ___________________ , New Delhi 110053, is get an admit from UB. than we give him the loan of amounting Rupees _____________ equivalent to US$ ________________ for his study in the USA

    Yours truly,

    Branch Manager

    Is it fine? I will be highly obliged to you. Thanks



      gradvantage responded:
      January 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm

      Hello all,

      With regards to the international student financial documentation, all financial forms must be original copies. Your financial documentation must be received by your department before you application may be reviewed and considered complete.

      Hema, after signing your financial documentation, your brother may forward the original document to the Office of International Admissions. The address for this office is as follows:
      International Admissions
      University at Buffalo
      411 Capen Hall
      Buffalo, NY 114260

      Kamal, please submit an original bank account statement, proving the availability of funds equal to the amount required on the financial form. The funds on the statement should be translated into U.S. dollars.

      Should you have any further questions regarding the financial documentation please do not hesitate to contact us at

    hema said:
    January 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    sir,i m from India.i m going to apply for MS in brother who is working in US will be my sponsor for my graduate it ok if i(from India) send the affidavit stating that he will be my sponsor to him for signing which he would forward it to the university. or is there any other alternative

    January 18, 2010 at 3:14 am

    I have applied for MS in Mechanical engg, completed the online form and sent the packet but i have not sent the financial document.Will there be any problem in the decision???

    Prajnay Rajulu said:
    January 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I have applied to the Industrial and Systems Engineering Dept. for the MS program – fall 2010.
    I sent my official TOEFL test scores about 4 months back to UB, but not specifically to the department. Will this pose a problem later on or is it fine?
    Thank you.

      gradvantage responded:
      January 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm

      Hi Prajnay,

      If you sent your TOEFL scores to UB without a department code, they will be sent to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management Services. The Enrollment Management office will forward your scores to the department to which you have applied. You should be able to verify with the Industrial Engineering department that your scores have been received.

    Bharat Mahajan said:
    January 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm


    I want to apply for MS (aerospace engg) for Fall 2010 session. I have a doubt regarding online application – Do I need to include the information about my sponsor and his bank accounts in the online application even before my admission is finalized? As per other universities, we have to show financial documents only after we have been granted admission. Please advise.

    Also, please provide me information regarding the documents that I need to send to the aerospace engg department in addition to the online application? And whether I can send this material by email or fax?

      gradvantage responded:
      January 4, 2010 at 11:26 am

      Hello all and Happy New Year!

      Financial documentation for international applicants is due along with the application materials and must be received by your department before your application may be reviewed. Should you have any questions regarding this process, please do not hesitate to contact your department directly.

      Bharat- for more information regarding your application materials and supporting documents for the Aerospace Engineering department, please visit the following website:

      Best of luck with your applications,
      Katherine Beczak
      Graduate Enrollment Management Services

    Manpreet Singh Bhurji said:
    December 24, 2009 at 7:13 am


    I have submitted my online application form. In the resume in that i made a goof up. It has the wrong department there (was using a template and missed that).
    In the documents that I am mailing(regular mail) I have included the correct Resume. Please advise as to what steps should i take?


      gradvantage responded:
      January 4, 2010 at 11:18 am

      Dear Manpreet,

      Thank you for your question. If you have submitted the wrong resume with your application, please contact the department to which you are applying. The department may allow you to forward the correct version of the document for their review.

      Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us!


    WT said:
    December 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Hola, Has anyone else had trouble getting a response from the ‘Messenges’ tab on the Gradadmit application site? I posted a question on the 27th asking if they’d like a CV along with my application, transcripts, etc…, and have yet to get a response.

      WT said:
      December 7, 2009 at 2:14 pm

      BTW, it was for the Education school. Do they do things differently?

        gradvantage responded:
        December 8, 2009 at 11:55 am

        Hi Edward,

        You might want to try contacting the Graduate School of Education by emailing them at or 716-645-2110. Some departments do not utilize the GrAdMIT messages feature.

    swati sharma said:
    November 29, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I am applying to the MS in Finance program for Fall 2010. I am not sure about how to send my LORs? Do they have to be sent to any paticular email id or is there an online form?

      gradvantage responded:
      November 30, 2009 at 10:04 am

      Hi Swati,

      The MS Finance program accepts Letters of Recommendation online. When you have submitted your application for final review, your refereneces will be emailed a request for their letter of recommendation. They can submit their recommendation by accessing the link in their email and completing the online form.

      Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at

    vaishali garg said:
    November 23, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Hi all,
    I am Vaishali from India and I am a fall 2010 applicant. I wish to apply to The Graduate school of biological sciences for the masters program.
    I have scored 1380 on the GRE. 620 in verbal and 760 in math. Could anyone please tell me what are the GRE cut off scores required for admission to the same.

    Kelly Warren said:
    November 19, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Hi all,

    I was wondering waht the course work is like for the MSW program at UB. If anyone could let me know that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

    VenkataPavan Pillalamarri NarasimhaRaoo said:
    November 19, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I have dispatched my application materials on October 31st,2009. The courier service (DHL) website is mentioning that my packet has been received by your university on November3rd,2009. However I am not able to see any details about the receipt of my documents in my profile(portal where my the status of my application can be checked).
    I have opted of offline submission of Letters of Recommendation and have dispatched them(LORs) along with other application materials. How can I check the receipt of application materials by the university and the completness of my application form

    Shravan Kumar said:
    November 4, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Hi planning to apply to UB for a graduate program this fall..i am a international student and i wanted to know if i am required to send documents pertaining to financial resources etc. along with my application material,i.e. even before my admission is finalised?

      gradvantage responded:
      December 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm


      Yes, you are required to submit the financial documents since they are a part of the application packet and admission processing.

      Graduate Recruitment.

    Nikhil said:
    November 4, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Hi, I am a Fall 2010 applicant for the Masters Program in Industrial Engineering at Buffalo. I have already completed my online application and am preparing the rest of the application material to be sent in mail. I know I have to fill the financial ability form and send it with the packet. The form asks for bank statements of my sponsor which he is willing to give. However , I would like to know what are the requirements in this statement ie. whether it should show a closing balance equal to I-20 amount rite now ?? Also whether Fixed Deposits are taken into consideration as financial ability proof ??

    Thank You.


      Nikhil said:
      November 4, 2009 at 5:51 am

      Also whether I have to submit original Bank Statements ??

        gradvantage responded:
        November 4, 2009 at 10:31 am

        Hi Nikhil,

        Thank you for your question.

        As an international applicant, you are required to submit an International Applicant Financial Form (signed by you and your financial sponsor) and a bank statement verifying necessary funds are available to cover your first year of expenses at UB. You can find the exact amounts required at the following link:

        Both documents must be originals with original signatures.

        Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at!

    Andrew said:
    October 30, 2009 at 12:50 pm


    I couldn’t find a list of any of the requirements for an English MA. I filled out the application, but I don’t know how and where and to whom do I send my letters of recommendation, my writing samples, or my transcripts. Also, I couldn’t find if the Subject Test was necesary for the English MA.



      gradvantage responded:
      November 2, 2009 at 11:57 am

      Hi Andrew,

      This link to the English website may be helpful to you:

      If you can not find the answers to your questions there, you may also wish to contact the English department directly. Sophia Cavanos is responsible for graduate admissions and her email address is


        Andrew said:
        November 3, 2009 at 7:23 am

        Thanks so much!

    Anand said:
    October 24, 2009 at 2:21 am

    I am Anand from India & i intend to apply for aerospace engg MS program starting from Fall 2010. I am through with GRE & already scheduled for my TOEFL. My transcripts will reach UB within a few days. I wanted to on know the deadlines for my application.
    Also, in my online application form there is a query about financial support, recommendations & Scores(GRE & TOEFL). Is it alright if i send them through rather than updating the same in my online application?

    Katheryne Kramer said:
    October 23, 2009 at 8:53 am

    I am applying to the MPH program at UB, and I planned to take the GREs in Turkmenistan tomorrow, where I am a Peace Corps Volunteer. The tests have not arrived in the country, and I will not have the chance to take the test until January or February. Is it possible to have my application reviewed without the GRE score?


      gradvantage responded:
      October 27, 2009 at 8:43 am

      Hi KT,

      Thank you for your question. The deadline to apply to the MPH program is January 15th. Although this is the date by which the department expects to receive all application materials, including GRE scores, they may be willing to make an exception. Especially since it seems as though you have different circumstances regarding the availability of the GRE exam.

      I recommend contacting the School of Public Health at to inquire about this possibility.

      Best of luck!
      Graduate Enrollment Management Services

    Srikanth said:
    October 20, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I am Srikanth from India and i intend to apply to UB for the fall 2010 semester and i am awaiting my tofel and awa scores as i have taken both of these test recently and i scored 1200 on the gre with 490 in verbal section which i presume on overall is below the standard of the university. Can you provide me with relevant information by which i can actually know if i would be a potential candidate to UB.

    Joy said:
    October 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I am interested in applying for the grad program in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior. The application deadline is Feb. 1st, though I will not be able to take the GRE until Feb. 6th, is this too late for admissions?

    Prabhu said:
    October 19, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Hai all, I am prabhu from Tamil Nadu,India.
    My staffs recommended me thru their letter pad..
    Is this enough or are ther any specific format to be dowloaded ?
    if so, pls give me the link

    gomisha said:
    September 23, 2009 at 9:10 am

    My name is Gomisha Patel and i have applied for masters in pharmacology in BU but my gre scores are low so if possible could you please let me know if i can get enrolled in for this course or if not than can i get it through tofel… please if possible let me know i will be thankful to you


      gradvantage responded:
      October 8, 2009 at 1:07 pm

      Hi Gomisha,

      Thank you for your interest in the University at Buffalo graduate programs. I would like to match you with one of the advisors in the school of Pharmacy. Twill provide the information you need about the tests. However, I do not have your contact information.
      Would you reply back to my email with your email address, please? I will forward your info to the PH advisor at that point.
      My email is and my name is Olga.

      Hope to hear from you soon!!

      Ankit said:
      January 5, 2010 at 2:56 pm

      Hi, This is Ankit Parikh. I have applied for MS in pharmaceutics.
      My GRE score is 1310, TOEFL 87 and academics 70%.
      I would like to know, what are my chances of getting admits?
      Can you please help me out?

      Thanx a lot.

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