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.


You may upload a copy of your unofficial transcript to your application for admissions consideration. If admitted, you will need to mail an official transcript prior to the start of classes.

You must request an official transcript from the educational institution who conferred (granted) your degree (for graduate and undergraduate coursework) to be sent from the institution directly to the Graduate Programs Office in 203 Alfiero Center, Buffalo, NY 14260. For electronic transcripts, please email them to We need unofficial copies transcripts for all institutions you've attended for credits earned toward your conferred degree. You may upload copies of these transcripts to your application. The School of Management cannot request transcripts on your behalf.  

Applicants with international transcripts

In regards to international transcripts, we will accept a transcript issued in English by the university. If the university does not provide the transcript in English, you must submit the transcript in your native language and an English translation. Applicants who have attended an Indian university must provide transcripts, mark sheets and proof of degree.

Official certified copies for all college transcripts or marksheets must be sent to the PMBA Office (150 Jacobs Management Center) 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

Submit a current 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.

Personal 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 you've listed as recommenders will automatically be sent an email asking them to submit an online letter of recommendation on your behalf. 

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 or veteran status or are the spouse of, 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. After completing the test, it takes approximately two weeks for your official results to be available.  

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 have been approved for the waiver, you will notified in your application status portal. Resume and transcripts are required to determine eligibility. 

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

All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency by submitting official test scores from one of the approved English language proficiency tests. Unofficial score reports may be uploaded as the admissions office has the ability to verify scores.

The following tests are accepted:

  • Duolingo English Test (DET) UB is temporarily accepting the DET for admission to all UB degree programs for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Fall 2021. The DET is fully online. 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    The IBT TOEFL is accepted, with a preferred score of 95 or better. The TOEFL (rPDT) is also accepted. The school code and department code for the University at Buffalo are 2925 and 02, respectively. For more information, visit the TOEFL website. If admitted, you will need to submit an official score report to finalize admission.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
    The university has established a minimum acceptable score of 55. For more information, visit the PTE website. If admitted, you will need to submit an official score report to finalize admission.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    The university requires a minimum overall score of 6.5 (out of 9.0). The school reporting code is 4454. For more information, visit the IELTS website.
  • The Cambridge English Proficiency (CEP) exam and the Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
    The university's minimum score for the CEP (also known as the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam) is 185 (out of 230). The university's minimum score for the CAE (also known as the Cambridge C1 Advanced) is 185 (out of 210). For more information, visit the Cambridge English website. If admitted, you will need to submit an official score report to finalize admission.

Score reports are valid two years from the test date. 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.  

English Language Proficiency Automatic Exemptions

The following categories of international applicants are automatically exempt from the English language proficiency requirement.  

  1. Applicants who are citizens of, and who were educated in the English medium from Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, eSwatini (Swaziland), Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  2. Non-matriculated (non-degree) students attending UB under reciprocal exchange agreements with international institutions of higher education.
  3. Applicants who were enrolled at UB and are moving from one degree-level to another or one program to another with a break in their studies of no more than three years between the time of graduation and new enrollment.
  4. International students transferring from another U.S. college to UB, who
    (a) completed (or will complete) a degree at that U.S. college or were enrolled for at least two years at the prior institution; and
    (b) had a minimum 2.0 GPA at the prior institution; and
    (c) had no more than a three year break between the time of graduation / attendance at the previous institution and new enrollment at UB.

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 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 upload a copy of your current visa and passport to your application.

Permanent residents must upload a copy of their green card to their application.

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 Graduate Programs Office The official responsible for the maintenance of this information is the assistant dean for Graduate Programs, 203 Alfiero Center, Buffalo, New York 14260-4000. We adhere to the university non-discrimination policy.