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Global Affairs BA - Applying to the Program

(HEGIS: 22.10 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, CIP: 30.2001 International/Globalization Studies)

Department of Political Science

520 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4120

Jacob Kathman

Becoming a Global Affairs BA Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), strength of the high school academic record and SAT or ACT scores, if applicable. UB supports SUNY’s decision to temporarily suspend SAT and ACT requirements for admissions. This temporary change of admissions eligibility requirements applies to the spring 2021, fall 2021, spring 2022, fall 2022, spring 2023, fall 2023 and spring 2024 cycles. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

All freshmen who select Global Affairs BA on their UB application are listed as approved majors. New students will be contacted by the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services office regarding initial course registration after paying their tuition deposit and completing the online Orientation Data Form.

Transfer Admission to the Program

Students will no longer be required to complete two courses within the major before becoming "approved" majors (and therefore will not have to apply to the major); transfer students seeking admission to the Global Affairs major must still have a 2.000 GPA overall.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Students should apply for admission to the major in Global Affairs no later than the beginning of their junior year. To become eligible, students are encouraged to have completed two required courses with a minimum GPA of 2.000, and have a minimum UB GPA of 2.000. Applicants should apply directly to the Department of Political Science.

Suggested Introductory Courses

  • PSC 102 Introduction to International Politics
  • PSC 103 Introduction to Comparative Politics
Published: Jan 30, 2023 10:57:19