PMBA Application Materials

You must submit all of the following materials before your application review and consideration for acceptance:

Application Form

You must complete all items on the application form before it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Transcripts

You must request an official transcript  from every educational institution you have attended (for graduate and undergraduate coursework) to be sent from the institution directly to the PMBA Office as part of your application package. The School of Management cannot request transcripts on your behalf. Fax and email copies will not be accepted.

Directions for UB graduates
If you attended or graduated from the University at Buffalo after 1994, you are not required to obtain an official transcript from UB. You must provide accurate information on the online application form so the PMBA Office can download an individual transcript.

You must request an official transcript be sent to the PMBA Office for any coursework you transferred into UB for your undergraduate degree, 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 at 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

Upload a current résumé to your application.

Personal Motivation Statement

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

We require two professional letters of recommendation 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 to complete 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, your application package requires a nonrefundable application fee of $100. You may make a payment 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.

The GMAT/GRE or waiver

All PMBA applicants must take either the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or request a GMAT/GRE waiver.

Test takers: You may upload a test taker copy of your GMAT or GRE score report to your application for a preliminary review. You will need to spend time preparing for the test, so we have complied some additional test information for you. After completing the test, it takes approximately two weeks for your official results to arrive at the PMBA office.  

Waiver requests: University at Buffalo Professional MBA applicants may be eligible to waive the GMAT/GRE application requirement if they meet specific criteria. If you meet the criteria you may submit a waiver request form [PDF] and upload it to the unofficial GMAT/GRE area on your application.

International Applicant Supplements

In addition to the standard application and materials, international applicants must submit some of the following application pieces. Speak with a recruiter to determine which requirements apply to you.

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 at Buffalo. Some applicants may qualify for a TOEFL waiver; consult an PMBA staff member to discuss eligibility.

The following tests are accepted:

  • TOEFL
    The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report must be dated within two years of your application to UB. 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 also is 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
    You may take the Pearson Test of English to be accepted for admission to the UB PMBA 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 at no cost after arriving at UB. (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.
  • IELTS
    You may complete the IELTS to be accepted for admission to the UB PMBA program. The university requires a score of 6.5 overall with no section lower than 6.0. For information on testing and reporting, visit the IELTS website.

International 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 UB can issue an I-20 or IAP-66.

It is essential that you read the International Applicant Financial form [PDF] carefully. Complete and return the form with official supporting documentation as outlined in the instructions. Verification of personal or family savings requires a bank statement or a letter from a bank official, showing the account holder's name and stating the funds available (liquid assets) in U.S. dollars. 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 PMBA international applicants must possess a visa permitting you to attend graduate school on a part-time basis in the U.S. while you continue to work. You must submit a copy of your current visa and passport with your application package.

Permanent residents will be asked to submit a copy of their green card and a form that admissions representative will provide you.

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.