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EMBA Admission

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted into the program, participants must have at least five years of full-time work experience and receive the endorsement of their company. Successful candidates exhibit progression in their career, advancement in their position and potential for future growth. Past EMBA students have a range of five to 20+ years of work experience with an average of 14 years.

Due to of the level of experience of the participants, students benefit not only from the expertise of the School of Management's faculty, but also from interaction with each other—drawing upon one another's talents and abilities. Applicants also will be evaluated based on transcripts received from all previously attended academic institutions, two letters of recommendation, personal motivation essays and an interview. Additional application materials are required for international applicants.


The UB EMBA program has rolling admissions. The final deadline for fall is August 1. Applicants who submit all materials will be contacted for an interview and will be reviewed on an individual basis following the interview.

Application Materials

The Executive MBA program requires that all of the following application materials be submitted before your application review and consideration for acceptance:

Application Form

Complete all items on the application form.


An official transcript from all educational institutions you have attended for graduate and undergraduate coursework must be submitted directly from your educational institution to the EMBA office at the address listed below. The School of Management cannot request transcripts on your behalf. Faxed and email copies will not be accepted.

For UB graduates

Applicants who attended or graduated from the University at Buffalo after 1994 are not required to obtain official transcripts from UB. Applicants must provide accurate information on the online application form so the EMBA office can download an individual transcript. Any coursework transferred into UB for your undergraduate degree will require a transcript be sent to the EMBA office since those transcripts cannot be forwarded from your sealed undergraduate file to our office. Applicants who attended UB prior to 1994 must request an official transcript. Transcript requests can be made through the office of the registrar.

Regarding transfer credits
Transcripts will only list the credits transferred to that institution and not the grades for the courses. The grades for those courses remain with the institution where the original course was taken. To review your academic performance we must review all grades and courses taken on both an undergraduate and graduate level. Example: An applicant has a bachelor’s degree from one institution and transferred six credits from summer courses at another institution. We need both institutions’ transcripts to view all coursework and grades used toward the degree.

Applicants with international transcripts
Official certified copies for all college transcripts or marksheets must be sent to the EMBA Office both in the original language and translated to English, if that is not the original language. They must arrive sealed in the original envelope. Applicants with international degrees must also send a copy of each of their diplomas to the EMBA Office.

Submit transcripts to
Executive MBA Office
School of Management
108 Jacobs Management Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4000

Current Résumé

Please upload your current résumé to your application.

Personal Motivation Statement

Please answer the following essay questions in one document and upload it to your application.

  • What are your short-term (up to five years) and long-term (more than ten years) career objectives? List alternatives if you have them.
  • How do you feel you would benefit from attending the University at Buffalo Executive MBA program?
  • Describe the professional experience where you feel you have made the greatest positive impact and contribution.

Two Professional Letters of Recommendation

Two professional letters of recommendation are required as part of the application process. Once you submit your online application for review, the individuals listed as recommenders will automatically be sent an email with a link and directions to complete their recommendations through our online portal. An alternative recommendation form [PDF] is available for your convenience.

Application Fee

To be considered complete, application packages require a nonrefundable application fee of $100. Payments may be made by e-check or credit card. If you have applied with military/veteran status, we will waive the application fee with proof of status. Contact the EMBA program office for more information.

Sponsor Agreement

A signed sponsor agreement [PDF] indicates that your employer acknowledges that you are applying to the EMBA program and, if accepted, will miss some days of work over the next twenty months in compliance with the class calendar. Please mail the original signed sponsor agreement to the EMBA office.

International Applicant Supplements

Additional application materials are required for international applicants.

The Personal Privacy Protection Law requires this notice to be provided when collecting personal information from individuals: The information on this admissions application will be used by the School of Management at the University at Buffalo to evaluate your request for admission. Failure to provide the requested information could prevent your application from being processed. The authority to request this information is found in section 355 (2)(i) of the Education Law.

This application will be maintained by the EMBA program office. The official responsible for the maintenance of this information is the assistant dean for executive education, 108 Jacobs Management Center, Buffalo, New York 14260-4000. We adhere to the university non-discrimination policy.