The Executive MBA program requires that all of the following application materials be submitted before your application review and consideration for acceptance:
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 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.
Please upload your current résumé to your application.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.