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UB MBA Application Process

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Applicants must apply electronically through the University at Buffalo Graduate Application site. To apply using the Web form, please read the instructions for applicants and click on the link to the online application. The application fee is $75.  

Instructions for Applicants

Incomplete files will not be reviewed. It is expected that early applications will be completed within 30 days of original online submission.  Files must be completed by deadline dates to be considered for that round. If you have any questions please feel free to email the Graduate Programs Staff at any time or call 716-645-3204.

Critical Dates for Fall 2014 Applicants

Who may apply

Application due

Decision notification

Tuition deposit due
($500 nonrefundable)

All applicants November 15, 2013 December 19, 2013 January 20, 2014
All applicants January 15, 2014 February 17, 2014 March 24, 2014
All applicants* February 15, 2014 March 17, 2014 April 14, 2014
All applicants (final international deadline) March 1, 2014 March 31, 2014 April 28, 2014
U.S. applicants only April 15, 2014 May 5, 2014 June 2, 2014

U.S. applicants only

June 1, 2014

June 12, 2014 June 23, 2014
*February 15 is the priority deadline for domestic students applying for program scholarships, assistantships and fellowships. 

 Documents that must be submitted online:

* The items marked with an asterisk should be uploaded before you mark your application complete.

Incomplete files will not be reviewed by the admissions committee. In order for a file to be considered complete, all bulleted items listed above must be included in application by the application deadline.

Please be sure to submit required documentation as instructed and do not send in multiple ways as this slows down application processing.  If you uploaded it, do not mail hard copies and do not e-mail it to the Graduate Programs Office. If you failed to upload the documents you may send them as attachments to som-apps@buffalo.edu.

Documents that must be submitted after you receive an admissions decision.

Interviews (by invitation only - after initial review):

If you have begun your application you may view your application checklist to find out what materials you are missing. Please give our office two weeks from the time you paid the application fee to update this list. NOTE: The checklist is not active until you pay the application fee.

Explanation of the necessary items to complete this application:

Application Fee

A nonrefundable fee of $75 is required. Pay online by credit card at the end of the online application process. (If credit card payment is not possible, the fee is payable in U.S. funds by check or money order payable to "University at Buffalo, State University of New York." Be sure to indicate your full name on the check or money order.) Cash is not accepted.
If you have applied with military/veteran status, we will waive the application fee with proof of status. Please contact the Graduate Programs Office for more information.


Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application for admissions review. If you are an international student and have an official World Education Services (WES) credential evaluation, we encourage you to upload the official WES evaluation with your transcripts. The WES evaluation is not required, but is encouraged. Please note the WES evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement.
All transcripts must be in English and Chinese applicants must also submit a transcript in Chinese.
Indian applicants must also upload individual marksheets in addition to transcripts, along with a copy of their proof of degree. Applicants from India please see additional information [PDF].

If offered admission, an official final transcript from every post-secondary institution attended must be submitted to finalize admission:
 - If you are a domestic applicant, please ask all colleges and universities you have attended to send official transcripts in sealed university envelope to the Graduate Programs Office.
   UB students may print their transcripts from the HUB system. The School of Management will not request transcripts.
 - If you are an international applicant, please do not mail materials to our office. Instructions will be provided with your I-20 materials and you will need to bring these documents to campus.

MBA degrees cannot be conferred unless transcripts are on file from every school attended. Applicants who are currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate courses must submit transcripts from the most recent semester completed, but will need to provide final and official transcripts to finalize admission.

The Interactive Graduate Application checklist has more than one line item for transcripts - if you only attended one undergraduate institution you may ignore the second item.  If you attended multiple schools, you must upload transcripts from all schools attended.

Letters of Recommendation

As part of the online application process you will be asked to supply the e-mail addresses of two recommenders. Your recommenders will be sent an e-mail message asking them to submit an online statement of recommendation on your behalf. Recommenders will be charged with creating an original letter of recommendation on your behalf, since no standard form will be provided. You will be notified by automated e-mail when your recommenders have completed the process. You must complete the online application and submit the application fee in order for the request to be sent to your recommender and for your recommender to be able to upload the recommendation.  Recommendation letters must be received directly from the recommenders - those sent from applicants will not be considered valid.

Calculus Requirement

A calculus prerequisite is a requirement for the full-time MBA program. The requirement is completion of one semester of college-level calculus with a "B" grade or better, or completion of two semesters of college calculus with at least "C" grades.

If you have taken a course containing calculus concepts (functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, etc.) that is not specifically called calculus on your transcript, please contact your graduate recruiter to indicate which course fulfills the requirement.

If you have not satisfied the calculus requirement you should plan to take a calculus course in the semester (or summer) prior to your intended enrollment date.

Personal Statements

Two personal statements are required as follows:

1. Describe your career objectives. Be as specific as you can concerning the types of positions and responsibility levels to which you aspire. Include long-term as well as short-term goals. Describe your expectations concerning the role of the MBA program in achieving your goals. (Approximately 700 words.)

2. Select ONE of the following three topics and submit a response of approximately 700 words:


Submit a résumé showing relevant work experience, including month and year of employment, and education. Your résumé must be uploaded on the application site.  Be sure to include your full name identical to that used on the application.


Students who meet initial screening criteria will be invited to interview with a recruiter, faculty member or alumni representative. In some cases an earlier interview during a campus visit or meeting with a recruiter will satisfy this requirement. Your graduate recruiter will advise you of your status.

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You may upload copies of score reports to the online application for admissions consideration. If admitted, you will need to have the testing agencies send official score reports to the University at Buffalo.

GMAT: You must designate the University at Buffalo as a recipient of your test score. We no longer accept paper score reports, but once you pay your application fee we will query PearsonVUE for your electronic score report. You may upload the unofficial GMAT or GRE score report to your online application for admissions review. If accepted, you must submit the official score report to finalize admission. Visit the GMAT website if you have not yet taken the GMAT. The LSAT is not accepted.  While the admissions committee does not have an absolute minimum, it is unlikely that a prospect with a score below the 30th percentile on either the verbal or quantitative sections of the test will be admitted.  Download the GMAT Handbook [PDF]

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

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GRE: We currently accept GRE scores for the MBA application.  As with the GMAT, you must specify that the testing service report scores to the University at Buffalo School of Management.  While the admissions committee does not have an absolute minimum, it is unlikely that a prospect with a score below 150 on either the verbal or quantitative sections of the test will be admitted.  There are no current averages available since acceptance of the GRE is new for the MBA program.  Our recent average for the GMAT is in the 615 range and you may check the ETS site for a conversion chart though that is valid for the GRE prior to October 2011 only. 
GRE site link.

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

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Financial Assistance and Application Deadline

Domestic applications are received on a rolling basis. The final application deadline for fall admissions is June 1; however, applicants interested in School of Management fellowships, assistantships or scholarships should submit completed applications by February 15 for priority consideration. This deadline does not apply for loan financing and other FAFSA-based financial aid.  Please contact the university financial aid office regarding general financial aid questions.

There are a few scholarships offered to our most qualified international applicants. Completed applications must be submitted by February 15 for priority consideration. All international applicants must complete the financial statement and document their ability to meet the educational and personal expenses for each year of intended study. Applications lacking sufficient financial documentation will not be reviewed.

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Additional Information for International Applicants

Application deadline: March 1

Please Note: It takes approximately three to four weeks to process and prepare an international application for admissions review. The admissions committee reviews completed applications in rounds. Decisions from each round should be communicated within about a month of the application deadline. You will receive a decision by e-mail followed by a letter sent by surface mail. Any international applications arriving close to March 1, the final deadline, will be reviewed in order of receipt. Therefore, it is recommended that you apply early.

Eligibility for Graduate Admissions

International applicants must have completed an academic program equivalent to a U. S. bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling. Students may apply during the final year of such a degree program but must furnish proof of graduation before the end of the first semester of enrollment. In most cases two to three years of work experience is expected to be considered a strong applicant.

English Language Proficiency

You may upload copies of score reports to the online application for admissions consideration. If admitted, you will need to have the testing agencies send official score reports to the University at Buffalo.

All applicants who are not native speakers of English, 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. You may upload the unofficial score report to your online application for admissions review. If accepted, you must submit the official score report to finalize admission. (Important - No Certificate of Eligibility will be issued until a satisfactory language test score has been submitted.)  The following tests are accepted:


The 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.  [School code: 4454]

If your English skills are not strong, you may wish to consider the English Language Institute (ELI) at this university prior to applying. ELI offers intensive English language courses during the summer (six- and twelve-week sessions), fall, and spring semesters. Information and application forms for ELI may be obtained by contacting ELI, 320 Baldy Hall, North Campus, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York 14260. See: UB English Language Institute

Financial Documentation

All international applicants must document their ability to meet all educational and personal expenses for the entire period of intended study (for each of the two years) 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 upload the form along with supporting financial documentation as outlined in the instructions. Supporting financial documentation should be a letter from a bank official 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

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The Personal Privacy Protection Law

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 in the Office of Academic Programs Administration. The official responsible for the maintenance of this information is the assistant dean, Graduate Programs Office, School of Management, University at Buffalo, 203 Alfiero Center, Buffalo, NY 14260-4010.

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