Admissions

Find out what it takes to be accepted into one of the most challenging, recognized and rewarding MS Accounting programs in the world. 

Are you ready to take the next step to advance your career?

Completed applications and all credentials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the School of Management according to the deadlines below to be considered for admission. 

Tuition and Fees

2019-20 Tuition and Fees

Component In-State Charges Non-Resident Charges
Master of Science Tuition 1 $11,310 $23,100
University Fees (Comprehensive Fee, Academic Excellence Fee, Activity Fee) 2 $2,820 $2,820
University Medical Activity Fee 
 $200 $200
International Student Fee 4 - $200
School of Management Fee $530 $530
MS Advantage Fee (estimated) 5 $61

$61
Annual Tuition and Fees for Master of Science Program $14,921 $26,911

All tuition and fees are subject to change at the discretion of the university. Tuition information was published in July 2019 and reflects SUNY-approved rates for 2019-20.  

More information on university fees can be found on the Student Accounts website.

University Medical Activity Fee is applied in the fall semester only.

Matriculated international students pay the International Student Fee ($100/each semester).

5 MS Advantage Fee is a one-time fee applied in first year, first semester only to cover all orientation activities.

Critical Dates

Who May Apply
Application Due Decision Notification
$500 Tuition   Deposit Due 
Only UB junior level accounting students*
May 4, 2020 July 31, 2020 Sept. 30, 2020
All applicants Oct. 19, 2020 Dec. 1, 2020 Jan. 15, 2021
All applicants (final deadline)** Feb. 8, 2021 March 15, 2021 April 15, 2021

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
som-apps@buffalo.edu

Meet our staff

Important Application Deadline Information

*The May 4 deadline is only for UB junior-level accounting students who expect to complete their junior year by the end of the spring 2020 semester with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the junior accounting courses (MGA 301, 302, 311 and 314) and a minimum overall (UB and transfer credits) GPA of 3.0.

Applicants for the May 4 deadline should upload all required admissions materials by May 4, including your current transcript. You will need to log back into your application and upload your transcript, INCLUDING spring 2020 grades by June 15. UB students must also upload a copy of your academic advisement report

**Applicants applying for the Feb. 8 deadline MUST upload copies of their transcripts which include fall 2020 grades. Do not upload a copy of your transcript until fall 2020 grades have been posted to your transcript.

Follow the steps below carefully to ensure you complete the application process correctly. Be sure to adhere to the application deadlines and instructions as incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Application Requirements and Process

Follow the steps below carefully to ensure you complete the application process correctly, as incomplete and late applications will not be reviewed.

Apply

Applications should be submitted electronically through the Application Status Portal. Be sure to upload required documentation as instructed. When uploading materials to your application, upload them as PDF files. Be sure to remove password protection. Do not mail or email materials, as they will be discarded. You will be expected to complete your application within 30 days of original online submission.

A nonrefundable application fee of $100 is required. You must submit your application fee electronically via the University at Buffalo E-Payment system at the end of the electronic application.

Application fee waived for active military, veterans and their spouses

The application fee is waived for U.S. active military, veterans and their spouses. Complete and submit your online application using one of the non-payment methods. Contact som-apps@buffalo.edu for more information.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

All applicants to the School of Management are required to take the GMAT or GRE and have the results reported to this university. The GMAT/GRE are aptitude tests designed to measure capabilities important to the study of management at the graduate level.

Program Notes:

MS Accounting program - If you are a UB School of Management undergraduate accounting student applying to the UB MS in Accounting program, you DO NOT need to submit a GMAT score for admissions consideration. If you are not attending UB, the GMAT is required for the MS in Accounting program.

MS Finance program - If you have, or are earning, a UB undergraduate degree with a minimum overall GPA of 3.25 (as noted on your academic advisement report) and are applying to the MSF program, you do not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score report for admissions consideration.

MS in Management Information Systems program - If you have, or are earning, a UB undergraduate degree with a minimum overall GPA of 3.25 (as noted on your academic advisement report) and are applying to the MIS program, you do not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score report for admissions consideration.

MS in Operations and Supply Chain Management program - A GMAT or GRE score report is required for admissions consideration.

For more information regarding the GMAT test, dates and places of administration, visit the GMAT website. The GMAT institutional reporting code varies by program. Be sure to use the correct code to report your score:
MS in Accounting - K6RQX67
MS in Finance - K6RQX45
MS in Management Information Systems - K6RQX87
MS in Operations and Supply Chain Management - K6RQX01

The GRE is also accepted for MS applications other than MS Accounting. To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the GRE® General Test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering a GRE General Test at home option in selected areas.

The reporting codes for GRE are:
Department Code - 4201
Institution Code - 2925

Applications are viewed holistically. While the faculty admissions committees do not have absolute minimums for admission, it is unlikely that prospective students with a score below the 30th percentile on any section of the GMAT or a score below 152 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE will be admitted.

Be sure 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. GMAT and GRE score reports expire five years from the date the exam is taken. Be sure to submit valid score reports.

Recommendation letters

As part of the online application process, you must supply the email addresses of two recommenders. These individuals will receive an email asking them to submit an online letter of recommendation on your behalf, including how long they have known you and in what capacity and which characteristics they consider to be your strengths and weaknesses. Both letters must be received by the application deadline for admissions consideration.

The best recommenders are those who can comment on your academic and professional qualifications; current or former professors and employers are desirable. Recommenders should submit their letters as PDFs. Letters sent by applicants are not valid.

While we encourage you to continue to submit letters of recommendation as part of your admission package, as a temporary Fall 2020 COVID-19 policy we are eliminating the requirement for letters of recommendation for Fall 2020 applicants after April 1, 2020. Please be sure to list your references within the recommendation section so that the admissions committee can reach out to them.

Note: Current UB students applying to the MS in Accounting program do not need to submit letters of recommendation. For non-UB applicants applying to the MS in Accounting program, the admissions committee requires at least one letter to come from a professor in your undergraduate program.  

Personal statement

Submit a personal statement, including your reasons for pursuing the MS degree and your career aspirations. Your statement should be uploaded as a PDF. Be sure to include your full name—identical to that used on the application. Document length should be approximately 700 words.

Résumé

Submit a résumé showing relevant education and work experience, and include months and years of employment (i.e. MM/YY - MM/YY). Your résumé should be uploaded as a PDF. Be sure to include your full name—identical to the one used on the application.

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded as a PDF to the application for admissions review. Upload the front and back of transcripts (if back is blank, you do not need to upload the back). You can upload multiple transcripts. If you only attended one undergraduate institution, you may ignore the second item. UB students must also upload a copy of your academic advisement report.

Transcripts for all undergraduate credits earned towards your undergraduate degree (i.e. transfer credits) must be uploaded for admissions consideration. We will not consider your application for admission until you upload all undergraduate credit 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 a copy of the transcript in your native language and an English translation. Applicants who have attended an Indian university must upload transcripts, mark sheets and proof of degree.

If you are applying for the February deadline, be sure to upload current transcripts including fall grades.

If offered admission, you must submit an official, final transcript from every post-secondary institution attended to finalize admission. 

Domestic applicants:
Please ask all colleges and universities you have attended to send official transcripts in sealed university envelopes to the Graduate Programs Office, 203 Alfiero Center, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260.

For students enrolling during the fall semester, these official, final transcripts showing proof of degree attained must be received no later than August 1.

For students enrolling during the spring semester, these official, final transcripts showing proof of degree attained must be received no later than January 15.

UB students do not need to submit official transcripts, as they are already in the university system.

International applicants:
International applicants should not send transcripts via postal mail as additional information will be provided with I-20 materials.

Degrees cannot be conferred unless official 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.

If admitted, the Office of International Admissions will provide instructions regarding what you need to bring with you. We will accept a transcript issued in English your university. If your 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.