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Doctoral Academic FAQs

Doctoral Academic FAQs

UB Graduate School Info What can I do with a PhD?
When can I start? PhD Graduate Placements
Do we offer part-time study? What is Buffalo like?
How do I apply?
Financial Aid Computing Facilities
How long does it take? Campus Safety
How many are accepted? Application Questions
Transfer Credits Who to Contact with PhD Questions

Where can I get some information about the University’s Graduate School and the graduate programs in general?

For information about the Graduate School, visit:

When can I begin the program?

You can only begin the PhD Economics Program in Fall semester. There are no Spring PhD Admissions.

What are the requirements to apply for the PHD program?

Phd Admission Requirements are located on this webpage.

How long does it take to get a Ph.D. in economics?

The PhD Economics Program can take anywhere from 4 to 8 years to complete depending on one’s progress towards the degree.

How many students do you accept into your Ph.D. program each year?

Each year, between 9-14 students begin the PHD Economics program.

Do you offer a part-time Ph.D. program?

Domestic students may enroll in the PhD program on a part-time basis. International students must abide by U.S. immigration rules regarding part-time study.

How do I apply to the PHD program?

Application instructions are found here.

How do I transfer credits?

The acceptance of transfer credits are up to the discretion of the Director of the PhD program. If you have questions about transfer credits, please e-mail the Assistant Director.

Where can I find answers about funding?

Funding questions are located on this webpage.

What’s it like in Buffalo, NY?

Buffalo, NY is located in Western New York, approximately 6 driving hours from New York City, 2 hours from Toronto, Canada, and 3 hours from Cleveland, OH. USA Today named Buffalo the winner of its 2001 “City with a Heart” contest, based on a reader poll in which dozens of Buffalonians wrote in with anecdotes illustrating why their hometown was the nation’s “friendliest city.” Long-time residents of the town that has been known since the early 20th century as “the City of Good Neighbors” were proud and gratified — but not surprised.

The Buffalo/Niagara region lies directly in the middle of the Northeastern Trade Corridor running from Chicago to Boston, and is within comfortable driving distance of Toronto, Ontario. Buffalo is also a border city, located minutes from Niagara Falls, and within clear view of Ontario, Canada.

The flagship university in the SUNY System and the largest public university in New York State, the University at Buffalo lies at the heart of a rich and diverse educational community. Buffalo is truly a “college-town” in feel and in function: Western New York’s 30 higher-education institutions attract over 100,000 college students per year. While most famous for its winters, Buffalo boasts four distinct seasons, each remarkable in its own right. Lake Erie is responsible for far more than producing lake-effect snow: it also is a major site of water-recreation in the spring and summer, and one of the area’s chief natural beauties year-round. With a pleasant, temperate climate, and the “highest percentage of summer sunshine of any region in New York State,” Buffalo’s spring and summer months richly deserve the widespread notoriety its winters have attracted.

For more information on the Buffalo region, please check out these websites: Calendar Buffalo Convention Bureau
Buffalo Rising Artvoice Buffalo News
UB Reporter UB Spectrum

How do the living expenses in Buffalo compare with those in other cities?

Expenses in Buffalo are lower than several other cities in the U.S. where you can enroll into a Ph.D. program in economics. For a comparative view, visit:

Where can I get information about accommodations?

Housing information is located on this webpage.

What about the computing facilities?

UB is Wired!

We are committed to offering our students the best in integrated technology resources. Computers are here to stay, and as a graduate with strong computer skills, you will get that competitive edge in the job market – no matter what your major. At UB, we invest in technology because we want our graduates ready for a wired world.

UB delivers state-of-the-art computing capabilities to students in class, in labs, in residence halls, at the library, and even off campus. At UB you have 24 hour, fingertip access to a number of online campus services through MyUB, your personal portal to the UB web. This gives you the luxury to spend time thinking and learning rather than chasing down information. Even if it’s 2 a.m., at UB you can access an online library article, e-mail a friend, or check out a web-based course assignment.

What about wireless networking?

Wireless access is available in many locations on the North and South campuses. To use UB Wireless, you must authenticate with Virtual Private Network (VPN) client software. VPN client software secures your connection to the network; data transmitted to and from your computer is encrypted. Clients not currently supported by VPN software must authenticate via the OpenPort firewall. UB Wireless Access use must follow all UB computing policies, including the Open Port Policy.

Where can I get more information about computers at UB?

Campus Safety and Security Information

The University at Buffalo is committed to assisting all members of the University community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual security and fire compliance document is available on the University Police website at: You can access the crime statistics for the location found there, as well.

Printed copies are available upon request by contacting the University Police Department at Bissell Hall, Buffalo, NY, 14260 or calling the Office of the Chief of Police at 716-645-6227.

Information regarding the University’s Emergency Plans and Procedures can be accessed by going to:

This information is required by law and is provided by the University at Buffalo Police Department

Who should I contact if I need assistance or have questions about the program?

Jameson Yu is the Assistant to the Director of the PhD Economics programs He is responsible for recruiting students from around the world, answering program questions, processing applications, and assisting our PhD Economics students. If you have any questions, Jameson can be reached by telephone, e-mail, or by personal appointment. Please feel free to contact him at or call 716-645-8679.