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PMBA Admission

If you are ready to take the next step to propelling your career in a challenging and distinguished environment, join the school with the solid worldwide reputation for producing highly skilled business leaders. Enroll in the Professional MBA program today.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission to the Professional MBA program, you must:

  • Have bachelor's degree in any discipline
  • Have at least one year of full-time work experience
  • Be employed full-time
  • Be proficient in word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software
  • Demonstrate quantitative ability and have working knowledge of algebra


  Fall Early Admission   Fall Final   Spring Early Admission
4/1/16 and 5/1/16* 7/15/16 11/15/16 1/15/17
International Applicants 4/1/16 and 5/1/16* 7/15/16 11/15/16 12/15/16

The PMBA program admits students for the spring and fall semesters. Application review begins the first and 15th day of every month; decisions are mailed within two weeks.
*There is a two-step deadline for early admission. Details can be found on the early admission page.

Application Materials

Application Form

The Professional MBA program requires that all of the following application materials be submitted before your applicaiton will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. 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 to the PMBA Office from your educational institutions as part of your application package. The School of Management cannot request transcripts on your behalf. Faxed and email copies will not be accepted.

Directions 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 PMBA Office can download an individual transcript.

Please note that any coursework transferred into UB for your undergraduate degree will require that transcripts be sent to the PMBA Office as 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 Registrar's Office.

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 PMBA 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 PMBA Office.

Current Résumé

Please upload a 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 Professional MBA program?
  • Describe a 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 protal. 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.

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 PMBA Office for more information.


An official test report must be sent directly to the PMBA Office. The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) are required for all PMBA applicants. It takes approximately two weeks for your complete test results to arrive at the PMBA office.  

A test taker copy of your GMAT or GRE score report can be uploaded to your application for a preliminary review.

GMAT Codes
Institutional MBA code - K6RQX67
Buffalo area testing site code : 47075

GRE Codes
Institution code – 2925
Management Department code - all programs - 4201

International Applicant Supplements

Additional application materials may be 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 PMBA program. The official responsible for the maintenance of this information is the assistant dean for executive education, 108 Jacobs Management Center, Buffalo, NY 14260-4000. We adhere to the University Non-discrimination Policy.