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Instructions for Domestic and International Applicants

Incomplete files will not be reviewed. It is expected that early applications will be complete within 30 days of original online submission but all applications should be complete by the deadline date.

The fall 2014 application is now available.  All materials must be received by January 15, 2014 to be considered for fall 2014 admission.

Tuition and fees information for University at Buffalo graduate programs.  (Note: All PhD applicants accepting admission to the program will be required to submit a $500 non-refundable tuition deposit with their confirmation that will be applied to their student account.)

The following must be submitted online:

Please be sure to submit required documentation as instructed and do not send in multiple ways as this slows down your application processing.  If you uploaded it, do not mail hard copies and do not e-mail it to the program office.  The items marked with an asterisk (*) should be uploaded before you mark your application complete.  If you failed to upload the documents you may send them as attachments to som-apps@buffalo.edu.

Documents which must be submitted after you receive your admissions decision:

Submit all paper-based materials to:

Graduate Programs Office
School of Management
203 Alfiero Center
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York, 14260-4000 

The following items are necessary to complete this application:

A. Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $50 is required for applications submitted via the online application process. You must submit your application fee electronically via the University at Buffalo E-Payment system, which is at the end of the electronic application.

B. Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application for admissions review. 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. If you are an international applicant, further instructions will be provided with your I-20 materials and you will need to bring these documents to campus. All transcripts must be in English and Chinese applicants must also submit a transcript in Chinese. UB students may print their transcripts from the HUB system. The School of Management will not request transcripts.

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. Indian applicants must also submit a copy of their proof of degree. Applicants from India please see additional information [PDF].

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.

C. 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 and to rate you on ten relevant factors on the university application site. You will be notified by automated e-mail when your recommenders have completed the process. The best recommenders are those who can comment on your academic qualifications; former professors are most desirable. If possible they should be from faculty in the field in which you wish to concentrate.  Recommendation letters must be received directly from the recommenders - those sent from applicants will not be considered valid.

D. Calculus requirement

A calculus prerequisite is a requirement for the PhD program. The requirement is:

E. Sample of Writing

We are looking for evidence of your ability to reason coherently and to express yourself clearly. The sample presented must be in ENGLISH, should not be co-authored and should not be more than approximately five pages in length. A term paper or research project is ideal.

The writing sample must be uploaded through the Graduate Application site- be sure to include your full name identical to that used on the application site and indicate that the document is your writing sample.

F. Statement of Purpose

Your statement is not the same as the sample of writing. It should include your reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree.

The statement of purpose must be uploaded through the Graduate Application site- be sure to include your full name identical to that used on the application site and indicate that the document is your statement of purpose.  (Approximately 700 words.)

G. Résumé

Submit a résumé showing relevant education and work experience. Please include telephone and e-mail contact information for the two most recent workplaces shown on your résumé.

The résumé must be uploaded through the Graduate Application site- be sure to include your full name identical to that used on the application site.

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 is an aptitude test designed to measure capabilities important to the study of management at the graduate level. For further information regarding the GMAT test, dates and places of administration, please see the MBA Web site. Download the GMAT Handbook [PDF]. The School of Management (school code is K6RQX02 for the GMAT, 002925 for the GRE) should be designated for score reporting. We will access your scores electronically. There is no formal cut-off. Most successful applicants have GMAT scores in the 75th percentile or better. Means for the past two years have been in the mid-to-upper 600 range.

The GRE is also accepted for PhD applications. 

Additional Information for International Applicants

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.

English Language Proficiency

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.  Unofficial score reports may be submitted as the admissions office has the capability to verify scores.  (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]

Spoken Proficiency of English Assessment Kit (SPEAK)
In addition to the required Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the School of Management requires that all entering international students take the SPEAK test prior to beginning the program. The SPEAK test is a standardized test developed by the Educational Testing Service as a means of evaluating speaking and listening skills. If a student tests below the acceptable score as determined by the admissions committee, he or she will be required to register for ESL 411 (English as a Second Language) during the first semester and in subsequent semesters until a minimum test score of 50 is attained. In order to teach, a student must achieve at least a 55 on the SPEAK test. English as a second language course work must be continued until a SPEAK test of 55 is achieved.

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, or at the 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 (a minimum of four 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 return the hardcopy form along with official supporting documentation as outlined in the instructions. Photocopies will not be accepted. No certificate of eligibility will be issued without satisfactory financial documentation. Financial documentation is required for visa issuance only but we recommend that you submit it with your application to avoid potential delays in the issuance of your I-20.

Application Dates

Completed applications and all credentials must be received in the School of Management by the following dates to be considered for admission. All applicants are urged to submit application materials, with the exception of your GMAT or GRE test score, well in advance of the deadline dates. This provides time to correct any discrepancies in the application or to secure additional documentation if needed.

Fall Semester Deadline:

Only international students who are currently residing in the U.S. may be considered for the spring semester. Admission for spring is exceptional due to course sequencing. Please consult faculty to determine feasibility.

*Financial Assistance - A limited number of teaching, graduate, or research assistantships are awarded to newly admitted PhD students. The assistantships include a stipend and a tuition scholarship. In return for this study grant, the assistant will be required to teach, assist with research or perform other duties as assigned by the department.

If you are accepted without aid, and wish to accept the offer, sufficient financial documentation will be required for international students. These materials must be received immediately to avoid delays in processing international students I-20. 

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. 

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Graduate Programs Office
School of Management
University at Buffalo
203 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010

Tel:  716-645-3204
Fax: 716-645-2341

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