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.


All educational institutions you have attended for graduate and undergraduate coursework must submit an official transcript directly to 203 Alfiero Center. The School of Management cannot request transcripts on your behalf. 

  • For UB graduates
    If you attended or graduated from the University at Buffalo after 1994, you are not required to obtain official transcripts from UB. You must provide accurate information in the online application form so our office can download an individual transcript. If you attended UB prior to 1994, you must request an official transcript. Transcript requests can be made through the office of the registrar.

  • 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 the transcripts from both institutions 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 (150 Jacobs Management Center) both in the original language, and translated to English if necessary. 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.

Current Résumé

Please upload your current résumé to your application.

Company Support Letter

A letter of endorsement from your organization is a required part of your application. A decision on your application cannot be made until we receive a hard copy of this letter. The letter should be on the official letterhead of your organization and be signed by your sponsoring management, and it must indicate organizational approval for the necessary time away from work to be in class. If financial support will be provided, this should also be specified in the letter. For independent consultants and professionals, a letter of self-sponsorship is required.

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. This is the preferred method for completion of recommendations.

An alternative recommendation form [PDF], which must be opened in Adobe Acrobat to complete electronically, is available for your convenience. All recommendations must be sent directly from the recommender.

Personal Motivation Statement

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

A. What are your short-term (up to five years) and long-term (more than ten years) career objectives? List alternatives if you have them.

B. How do you feel you would benefit from attending the University at Buffalo Executive MBA program?

C. Describe the professional experience where you feel you have made the greatest positive impact and contribution.

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 or veteran status, we will waive the application fee with proof of status. Contact the EMBA Office for more information.


You will be contacted for an interview after your application materials are received. An interview is required for admission and usually lasts approximately one hour.

International Applicant Supplements

International applicants must submit some of the following application pieces in addition to the standard application and materials. Please speak with a recruiter to determine which requirements apply to your situation.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants who are not native English speakers, including those who are transferring from or who have completed degree programs at other U.S. colleges or universities, must prove their English language proficiency by taking a standardized test and reporting the score to the university. Some applicants may qualify for a TOEFL waiver. Please consult an EMBA staff member to discuss eligibility.


A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report must be dated within two years of applying to this university. Further information about the TOEFL may be obtained from the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Information Service in your country or by writing the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08540-6151, U.S.A. The school code and department code for the University at Buffalo are 2925 and 02, respectively. The school generally requires a TOEFL score of at least 570, or 230 on the CAT TOEFL for admission. The IBT TOEFL is also accepted, with a preferred score of 95 or better and no section lower than 22. Visit the TOEFL website for more information.

  • Pearson Test of English

The Pearson Test of English is accepted for admission to the UB MBA program. The university has established minimum acceptable scores at a 73 total and a minimum of 68 on each of the individual sections. Students who enter the program with the PTE will be required to take an institutional TOEFL after arrival at the university at no cost. The TOEFL score will be used for benchmarking purposes since the PTE is a newly developed test. See the PTE website for testing and reporting information.


The IELTS is accepted for admission to the UB MBA program. The university requires a score of 6.5 overall with no section lower than 6.0. Information on testing and reporting for the IELTS can be found on their website.

Financial Documentation

All international applicants not currently issued a U.S. visa must document their ability to meet all educational and personal expenses for the first year of intended study before this university can issue an I-20 or IAP-66. It is essential that you read the International Applicant Financial Form carefully. Complete and return the form along with official supporting documentation as outlined in the instructions. Supporting financial documentation should be a bank statement or a letter from a bank official stating the funds available (liquid assets) in U.S. dollars and must show the account holder's name. No certificate of eligibility will be issued without satisfactory financial documentation. Financial documentation is required for visa issuance only. Documentation may be submitted after acceptance but I-20 documentation cannot be issued without it.

Citizenship and Visa Documentation

All international applicants must upload a copy of their passport biographical page and a copy of their current U.S. visa (if applicable).

U.S. permanent residents are considered domestic students, but we need additional documentation for your application package to be complete.

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 in 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 Graduate Programs Office The official responsible for the maintenance of this information is the assistant dean for Graduate Programs, 203 Alfiero Center, Buffalo, New York 14260-4000. We adhere to the university non-discrimination policy.