Admissions FAQ

Many of your questions about the UB MBA program will be answered in the FAQs below. If your concerns are not addressed here, contact us at or 716-645-3204.

Admissions Process and Requirements

Q. What are the admissions requirements and application deadlines?

A.  Our full-time MBA program offers fall admission only. Read our admissions requirements and application deadlines.

Q. What is the interview process?

A.  Interviews are by invitation only and are determined after an application has been submitted and evaluated. Admissions staff conduct interviews on campus or via Skype.

Q. How can I sign up for a campus tour?

A.  We offer several UB MBA for a Day events throughout the fall and spring semesters. Prospective students attend an MBA core course, discuss their career goals with a Career Resource Center staff member, review the admissions process with a Graduate Programs Office staff member and enjoy lunch and a tour of campus with UB MBA Ambassadors. Register now for an upcoming event.

Q. Can I contact current students and alumni?

A.  Yes, prospective students can contact UB MBA Ambassadors and meet UB MBA alumni at our recruitment events.

Q. What is the average TOEFL or IELTS score?

A.  The admissions committee prefers a minimum IBT target of 95. The university minimum for the IELTS exam is an overall score of 6.5. The university minimum for the PTE is 55.


Q. What is the tuition and cost breakdown?

A.  Visit the UB Student Accounts page for current tuition information.

Q. When do I have to pay tuition and fees?

A.  The first payment due is your $500 tuition deposit. Your tuition will be due according to university's schedule. Note: tuition and fees cannot be paid in cash.

Q. What types of financial aid are available?

A.  There are multiple forms of financial aid available to applicants. Students who wish to be considered for scholarships, fellowships and assistantships must submit a completed application and all required admissions materials by February 1. Both domestic and international students are considered for these opportunities and there is not a separate application process to be considered, unless noted within individual scholarship requirements.

Q. What financial assistance is available for international students?

A.  We offer financial assistance to a small number of our most qualified international students prior to the start of classes. We encourage candidates to explore all scholarship and financing opportunities available to them in their home country or country of residence. International students may apply for assistantships once they arrive on campus.

Q. Where can I find housing information?

A.  There are several on-campus and off-campus housing options available. You may wish to contact a current student to discuss options, or visit our UB MBA housing page for more information.

Program Structure

Q. Can I waive management subjects or transfer credits from previous coursework?

A.  The MBA program generally does not accept transfer credit and will not waive any core courses regardless of previous experience or education because of our cohort/study team structure. There is potential to transfer up to 6 graduate elective credits, but must be approved by the Assistant Dean.

Q. When can I choose my electives?

A.  You can choose your electives beginning in the spring semester of the first year. Our MBA academic advisor can discuss options with you based on your academic and career goals.

Q. How can I make an advisement appointment?

A.  Call us at 716-645-3204. If you are a prospective applicant, we encourage you to attend MBA for a Day, schedule a personalized visit day or meet us at a recruitment event near you. If you're currently attending UB for an undergraduate or graduate program, we encourage you to attend an information session. If you're an admitted student, the Graduate Programs Office will provide information over the summer prior to enrollment regarding academic advisement appointments.


Q. What is the objective/purpose of the study teams?

A.  The study teams give students the opportunity to develop team skills that are critical in today’s business world. Team skills include leadership, oral and written communication, conflict management and the ability to run effective meetings. Students work together to minimize weaknesses and maximize strengths. Additionally, each first-year team is assigned a Corporate Champion who will help you become involved in a community business and gain real-world perspective.

Q. How many hours per week will I need to study?

A.  Study time outside the classroom varies greatly from student to student and fluctuates over the course of the semester based on assignments and exams. We recommend for every one hour of class, you commit two hours outside of class. Allocating time to study group meetings is critical; it is not unusual for students to spend 8 to 12 hours a week in group meetings, in addition to personal study time.

Q. When do classes start?

A.  All classes start according to the University Academic calendar. But, you will need to pay close attention to the pre-enrollment communications you receive from the Admissions and Advising team for arrival and orientation dates, which can be 3 to 4 weeks prior to the start of classes.

Q. What is MBA Advantage?

A.  MBA Advantage is a required professional development program that is integrated throughout the MBA program.

Q. Will I need to buy books?

A.  Some of your faculty use textbooks, some use cases and presentations. Your faculty will share this information in the course syllabus. You will need to buy textbooks assigned by the faculty member and will probably want to buy additional books to help you read around the subject. Some students choose to purchase books at the University Bookstore and others prefer to rent or buy from  online sources. Choose what works best for you.

Q. What is the teaching style for professors at UB?

A.  Our faculty employ theoretical, case study, applied and practical teaching methods throughout the curriculum. The teaching method used in a class is the choice of the individual professor. Most courses will combine these methods. Students are expected to participate and contribute to class and team discussions.

Student Life

Q. What student activities are available?

A.  Student organizations host various activities throughout the year. You will be notified of these through the GPO weekly email and/or postings around the Jacobs Management Center and the Alfiero Center. Contact the sponsoring student organization for details.

Q. Do I need a computer?

A.  While computer ownership is not mandatory for admission and computers are available through the university’s public computing sites, we strongly recommend that every incoming MBA student have a personal computer. 

Work Experience/Career Resources

Q. What constitutes work experience?

A.  Work experience is defined as full-time employment after completing a bachelor's degree. While co-op, internship and part-time work experience is valuable to your application and in the MBA classroom, AACSB reporting standards require us to report post-bachelor's work experience.

Q. Do you count military experience as work experience?

A.  Yes, we believe military experience is valuable and encourage military personnel to apply to our program, as they have proven leadership and interpersonal skills. Military experience completed before finishing your degree will positively impact your application and is often viewed favorably by employers.

Q. Will you help me find an internship?

A.  Yes. Our Career Resource Center and Internships and Experiential Learning Office work together to develop internship opportunities for UB MBA students. Both offices share the online BizLink recruiting system. They maintain and continue to grow the list of companies that recruit at UB. Their goal is to help you get an internship and full-time job, and ensure you graduate with the skills to successfully search for positions throughout your career.

Q. How can I find out what companies recruit at UB?

A.  The Career Resource Center publishes a list of companies who have recruited UB School of Management students.

Contact Us

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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