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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 (UB and transfer credits) GPA of 3.5 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.

Critical Dates for Spring 2019 Applicants

Who May Apply
Application Due Decision Notification
$500 Tuition Deposit Due
All Applicants
Final International Applicant Deadline
Oct. 1, 2018 Oct. 30, 2018 Nov. 15, 2018
U.S. applicants only
Dec. 1, 2018 Dec. 31, 2018 Jan. 15, 2019

Critical Dates for Fall 2019 Applicants

Who May Apply
Application Due Decision Notification
$500 Tuition Deposit Due
All applicants Nov. 15, 2018 Jan. 1, 2019 Feb. 1, 2019
All applicants Jan. 1, 2019 Feb. 15, 2019 March 15, 2019
All Applicants
Final International Applicant Deadline
Feb. 15, 2019 March 15, 2019 April 15, 2019
U.S. applicants only May 15, 2019 June 1, 2019 June 15, 2019

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.

Reference the Admissions Checklist [PDF] to assist you throughout the application process.

Required Application Steps


Applications should be submitted electronically through the Graduate Application website. 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.

Note: Once all admissions requirements have been received, it can take up to two business days for your application status to reflect as complete.

A non-refundable 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.

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 - The GMAT is required for the MS in Accounting program. If you are a UB School of Management undergraduate accounting student applying to the UB MS in Accounting program, you are no longer required to submit a GMAT score for admissions consideration.

MS Finance and Management Information Systems programs - If you have, or are earning, a UB undergraduate degree with a minimum overall (UB and transfer) GPA of 3.5 and are applying to the MSF or MIS programs, you do not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score report 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

The GRE is also accepted for MS applications other than MS Accounting. 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. You will be notified by automated email when your recommenders have completed the process. Both letters must be received by the application deadline for admissions consideration. No exceptions will be made.

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

Note: UB's MS in Accounting program 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.


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.


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. Transcripts for all undergraduate credits earned towards your undergraduate degree (i.e. transfer, A.P., etc.) must be uploaded for admissions consideration. We will not consider your application for admission until you upload all undergraduate credit transcripts.

If you are applying for the Feb. 1 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.

Calculus requirement

A calculus prerequisite is required for applicants to the MS Finance program. This requirement is met with completion of one semester of college level calculus with a "B" grade or better, or completion of two semesters with at least "C" grades. If you are an applicant to the MS Finance program and have not satisfied the requirement, you should plan to take a calculus course in the semester or summer prior to your intended enrollment date. As it is a prerequisite, it must be completed prior to enrolling in the MS Finance program.