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International Applicant Supplements

English Language Proficiency

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. Some applicants may qualify for a TOEFL waiver. Consult an PMBA staff member to discuss eligibility.

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. 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
    The Pearson Test of English is 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 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.

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 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 form along with official supporting documentation as outlined in the instructions. Supporting financial documentation should be a bank statement or a letter from a bank official stating the funds available (liquid assets) in U.S. dollars and must show the account holder's name. 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 which permits them to attend graduate school on a part-time basis in the U.S. while they continue to work. A copy of your current visa and passport must be submitted with your application package.

Permanant residents will be asked to submit a copy of their green card and a form, which will be supplied to you by an admissions representative.

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 in 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, Center for Executive Education, School of Management, University at Buffalo, 108 Jacobs Management Center, Buffalo, NY 14260-4000.