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Application Instructions for All Applicants

Applications should be submitted electronically through the Graduate Application website. Reference the MBA Admissions Checklist [PDF] to assist you throughout the application process. It is expected that applications will be completed within 30 days of original online submission. Applications must be completed and all documents uploaded in PDF format by the deadline date to be considered for a given round. Incomplete applications will be not be reviewed.

Be sure to upload required documentation as instructed. When uploading materials to your application, upload them as PDF documents. Do not mail or email materials, as they will be discarded.

1. Application and fee

Apply online.

A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required. You must submit your application fee electronically via the University at Buffalo E-Payment system at the end of the electronic application.

2. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

All applicants to the School of Management are required to take the GMAT or the GRE and have the results reported to this university. The GMAT/GRE are aptitude tests designed to measure capabilities important to the study of management at the graduate level.

For more information regarding the GMAT test, dates and places of administration, see the GMAT website. The GMAT institutional reporting code for the full-time MBA program is K6RQX67.

The GRE is also accepted for the full-time MBA program. The reporting codes for GRE are 4201 (department code) and 2925 (institutional code).

Applications are viewed holistically. While the MBA admissions committee does not have absolute minimums for admission, it is unlikely that prospective students with a score below the 30th percentile on any section of the GMAT or a score of less than 152 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE will be admitted.
Note: GMAT and GRE score reports expire five years from the date the exam is taken. Be sure to submit valid score reports. Additionally, you should plan accordingly to allow yourself enough time to prepare for the exam and for the score to be reported by the intended application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

3. Recommendation letters

As part of the online application process, you will be asked to supply the email addresses of two recommenders. Recommenders will be sent an email message asking them to submit an online letter of recommendation on your behalf. Recommenders will be asked how long they have known the applicant and in what capacity, characteristics of the applicant that would be considered strengths and characteristics that would be considered weaknesses. You will be notified by automated email when your recommenders have completed the process. Both letters must be received by the application deadline for admissions consideration. No exceptions will be made. Letters should be uploaded as PDFs.

The best recommenders are those who can comment on your academic and professional qualifications; current/former professors and current/former employers are desirable. Recommendation letters must uploaded as pdfs and must be received directly from the recommenders - those sent from applicants will not be considered valid.

4. Personal statements

Two personal statements are required for admissions consideration:

  1. Describe your short-term and long-term career objectives. Be as specific as you can concerning the types of posititions and responsibility levels to which you aspire. Describe how earning the UB MBA will help you achieve your goals.
  2. Submit a response to ONE of the following three topics:
    - Describe a time when you were leading a group that faced a significant problem. How were you able to resolve it in a positive manner?
    - Describe a time when your ethics were challenged. How did you deal with the situation and what did you learn from it?
    - Describe a time when you had a significant misunderstanding with someone from a different background or culture. How did you resolve the understanding?

Each personal statement should be uploaded as a PDF through the Graduate Application site. Document length for each statement should be approximately 700 words. Be sure to include your full name--identical to that used on the Graduate Application site.

5. Résumé

Submit a résumé showing relevant education and work experience. Include months and years of employment (i.e. MM/YY - MM/YY). Your résumé should be uploaded as a PDF through the Graduate Application site. Be sure to include your full name--identical to that used on the application site.

6. Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded as a PDF to the Graduate Application site for admissions review. Upload the front and back of transcripts (if back is blank, you do not need to upload the back). The site checklist has more than one line item for transcripts. If you only attended one undergraduate institution, you may ignore the second item. Transcripts for all undergraduate credits (i.e. transfer, A.P., etc.) must be uploaded for admissions consideration. We will not consider your application for admission until you upload all undergraduate transcripts.

If offered admission, you must submit an official final transcript from every post-secondary institution attended to finalize admission. If you are a domestic applicant, ask all colleges and universities you have attended to send official transcripts in sealed university envelopes to the Graduate Programs Office, 203 Alfiero Center, Buffalo, NY 14260. UB students may print their transcripts from the HUB system. The School of Management will not request transcripts for UB students. International applicants should not send transcripts via postal mail, as additional information will be provided with I20 materials.

Degrees cannot be conferred unless official 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.

International applicants should review additional instructions for international applicants and provide information as indicated.

7. Calculus requirement

A calculus prerequisite is required for the full-time MBA program. This requirement is met with completion of one semester of college level calculus with a "B" grade or better, or completion of two semesters with at least "C" grades.
If you have not satisfied the requirement, you should plan to take a calculus course in the semester or summer prior to your intended enrollment date. As it is a prerequisite, it must be completed prior to enrolling in the graduate program.


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