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Application Materials

You will need to submit the following items before January 15, 2016, to be considered for registration in our spring 2016 PMBA non-matriculated classes. International applicants must submit their application items by December 15, 2015. International applicants should contact an admissions representative to discuss your specific application requirements.

Application Form

The Professional MBA program requires that all of the following application materials be submitted before your applicaiton will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Complete all items on the application form.


Upload your current résumé to your application.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable $35.00 non-matriculated application fee can be paid online using a credit card or e-check.


An official transcript from all educational institutions you have attended for graduate and undergraduate coursework must be submitted directly to the PMBA Office from your educational institutions as part of your application package. The School of Management cannot request transcripts on your behalf. Faxed and email copies will not be accepted.

Directions for UB graduates
Applicants who attended or graduated from the University at Buffalo after 1994 are not required to obtain official transcripts from UB. Applicants must provide accurate information on the online application form, so the PMBA Office can download an individual transcript.

Please note that any coursework transferred into UB for your undergraduate degree will require that transcripts be sent to the PMBA Office as those transcripts cannot be forwarded from your sealed undergraduate file to our office. Applicants who attended UB prior to 1994 must request an official transcript. Transcript requests can be made through the Registrar's Office.

Regarding transfer credits
Transcripts will only list the credits transferred to that institution and not the grades for the courses. The grades for those courses remain with the institution where the original course was taken. To review your academic performance we must review all grades and courses taken on both an undergraduate and graduate level. Example: An applicant has a bachelor’s degree from one institution and transferred six credits from summer courses at another institution. We need both institutions’ transcripts to view all coursework and grades used toward the degree.

Applicants with international transcripts
Official certified copies for all college transcripts or marksheets must be sent to the PMBA Office 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.

International Applicant Supplements

International applicants must submit some of the following application pieces in addition to the standard application and materials. Please speak with a recruiter to determine which requirements apply to your situation.

English Language Proficiency

Please contact an admissions Representative to discuss your application requirements.

    • A TOEFL taken within the last two years with a minimum score of 550 is required as part of the application package. If you have significant education or work experience in the U.S., discuss the possibility of a TOEFL waiver with an admissions representative.
  • Transcripts
    • Official transcripts must be submitted and will be retained by the university. Official transcripts must be submitted in their original language and translated into English, if English is not the original language in which they were issued.
  • Diploma
    • If you are not able to have a certified copy of your diploma sent from your former educational institution, upon approval from the PMBA Office, you must bring your original diploma to the International Admissions Office. If your original diploma is not in English, a certified translation must be submitted as well.
  • Visa and passport
    • A copy of your current visa and passport must be submitted with your application package.

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 [PDF](98 KB) 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 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 PMBA Program. The official responsible for the maintenance of this information is the assistant dean for executive education, 108 Jacobs Management Center, Buffalo, New York 14260-4000. We adhere to the University Non-discrimination Policy.