Admissions

Four female MS Accounting students in Alfiero Center.

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

Are you ready to take the first 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.

If you have earned 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 UB MS in Finance program, you do not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score report for admissions consideration. You do need to upload a copy of your transcript and a copy of your academic advisement report.

Tuition and Fees

Fall 2020 Tuition and Fees

Component In-State Charges Non-Resident Charges
Master of Science Tuition 1 $5,655 $11,550
University Fees 2 $1,354 $1,354
School of Management MS Fee $250 $250
MS Finance Academy Fee 3 $75 $75
Fall 2020 Tuition and Fees for Master of Science Program $7,334 $13,229

All tuition and fees are subject to change at the discretion of the university. Tuition information was published in August 2020 and reflects SUNY-approved rates for fall 2020.  

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

MS Finance Academy is a per semester charge of $75.

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 Team

Critical Dates for Spring 2021 Applicants

Who May Apply
Application Due Decision Notification
$500 Tuition   Deposit Due 
All applicants (Final International Applicant Deadline) Oct. 1, 2020 Oct. 30, 2020 Nov. 15, 2020
U.S. Applicants Only Dec 1, 2020 Dec 31, 2020 Jan. 15, 2021

Critical Dates for Fall 2021 Applicants

Who May Apply
Application Due Decision Notification
$500 Tuition   Deposit Due 
All applicants
Nov. 15, 2020 Jan. 1, 2021 Feb. 1, 2021
All applicants Jan. 1, 2021 Feb. 15, 2021 March 15, 2021
All applicants (Final International Applicant Deadline) Feb. 15, 2021 March 15, 2021 April 15, 2021
U.S. Applicants Only June 1, 2021 June 15, 2021 June 30, 2021

Application Requirements and Process

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 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. Please be sure to remove password protection from all documents prior to uploading them. 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 U.S. 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 unless they meet the waiver qualifications below. The GMAT/GRE are aptitude tests designed to measure capabilities important to the study of management at the graduate level.

    The Graduate Management Admissions Council has a new GMAT Online Exam. Learn more and register today. The online and proctored exam begins April 20.

    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 Finance - K6RQX45

    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.

    GMAT/GRE waiver qualifications

    If you have or are earning a University at Buffalo 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.

    If you have not earned a degree from the University at Buffalo, you qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver if you meet the following criteria:

    • Have earned an undergraduate degree in business, commerce, accounting, economics, math, engineering or statistics from:
      • A university that is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU)
      • An accredited university (inclusive of any U.S. and foreign universities that are not AAU members)
      • Or from the list of universities below

    AND

    • A minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA or a minimum of two years of professional work experience in one of the aforementioned disciplines.

    GMAT/GRE exempt universities

    Asia

    Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore, Karnataka)

    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Mumbai, Maharashtra)

    Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (New Delhi, Delhi)

    Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (Karagpur, West Bengal)

    National University of Singapore

    Nanyang Technological University

    University of Hong Kong

    The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    Seoul National University (Seoul)

    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Daejeon

    The University of Tokyo (Tokyo)

    Kyoto University (Kyoto)

    Tsinghua University (Beijing)

    Peking University (Beijing)

    Fudan University (Shanghai)

    Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai)

    Zhejiang University (Zhejiang)

    Australia

    Australian National University (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory)

    University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Victoria)

    University of Sydney (Sydney, New South Wales)

    University of New South Wales (Sydney, New South Wales)

    University of Queensland (Brisbane, Queensland)

    Europe

    University of Oxford (Oxford)

    University of Cambridge (Cambridge)

    ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

    Imperial College London (London)

    UCL (London)

    University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh)

    École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

    University of Manchester (Manchester)

    King's College London (London)

    London School of Economics and Political Science (London)

  • 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.
    *Current UB undergraduate students do not need to submit transfer credit transcripts when applying to one of our graduate programs as they are already included on the UB academic advisement report.

    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 transcripts for your schools with a bachelors-level degree and specified conferral date 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.