We receive many e-mail messages and telephone calls daily from applicants and accepted students who have questions regarding a University at Buffalo MS program. Many of the questions are answered in this FAQ document. This document is updated as new questions are received. Please review this document in detail. If your concerns are not addressed in this document, then please do not hesitate to send e-mail or call us at 716-645-3204.
Q. What is the admissions process and when are the application deadlines?
A. Our MS programs offer fall admission only. Admissions requirements and application deadlines can be found at http://mgt.buffalo.edu/programs/ms.
Q. Do I need to take the GMAT or GRE to apply to UB MS programs?
A. Yes. The GMAT exam is a requirement for application to the UB MS Accounting program. We will accept either the GMAT or GRE for the MS Finance, MS Management Information Systems and the MS in Supply Chains and Operations Management programs.
Q. What is the average GMAT score?
A. Average GMAT scores vary by program. The admissions committee evaluates each candidate’s overall application when making decisions. The faculty admissions committees do look for a minimum of 30% on each section of the GMAT.
Q. What is a competitive GRE score?
A. The faculty admissions committees look for a score of at least 150 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. Admission is competitive. The entire exam is evaluated for admission.
Q. What is the average TOEFL or IELTS score?
A. Our IBT target is 95 with no section lower than 22. The university minimum for the IELTS exam is an overall score of 6.5 with no individual section below 6.0. The Pearson Test of English will be considered with an overall score of 73 and no section below 68.
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Q. What is the tuition and cost breakdown?
A. Current tuition information is maintained on the university website.
Q. When do I have to pay the tuition and fees?
A. The first payment due is your $500 tuition deposit to confirm your seat. It is nonrefundable. Your tuition bill will be due according to a university schedule. Please note that you cannot pay your tuition bill with cash.
Q. What types of financial aid are available?
A. New York State resident students may be eligible for New York State financial aid. All domestic students may be eligible for some form of educational loans. No direct School of Management aid is available for the MS programs. Student loans: Students can apply for student loans by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application at the FAFSA website. Students may also apply for on-campus work opportunities once they arrive on campus.
Q. Can I waive management subjects or transfer credits from previous coursework?
A. The University at Buffalo generally does not accept transfer credit and no courses are waived regardless of previous experience or education.
Q. Are there prerequisites required for the MS programs?
A. It depends on the program. Please review each MS program website in detail.
Q. What are the degree requirements?
A. A detailed description of each of the program curriculums can be found in the MBA/MS Handbook.
Q. Can I do an internship?
A. This depends on your residency/visa status. Due to U.S. immigration regulations, internships are available to international students who are in a program that requires them as part of the curriculum. International students may elect to complete Optional Practical Training following completion of their degree. U.S. students may be able to an internship, even if it is not required, depending on availability of sponsoring organizations.
Q. Are any of the MS programs considered STEM programs?
A. The MS in MIS program does qualify for the 17 month OPT STEM extension. The MS in Accounting, MS in Finance and MS in Supply Chain and Operations Management programs do not qualify as STEM and therefore do not qualify for the 17 month OPT STEM extension.
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 an on-campus information session or schedule a personalized visit day. If you are an admitted student, the Graduate Programs Office will provide you with information over the summer prior to enrollment regarding academic advisement appointments.
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Q. What is the average class size?
A. An average MS class will include about 30-40 students. Some electives may be as small as 15 and some may be as large as 50.
Q. What is a typical course load?
A. MS students must take five courses or 15-16 credits per semester in order to graduate on schedule. The MS Accounting, Management Information Systems and Supply Chain and Operations Management programs are two semesters in length. The MS Finance program is three semesters long. Some students with limited business backgrounds may be required to take an additional course each semester.
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. You should expect to invest a minimum of 20 hours per week studying.
Q. When do classes start?
A. Fall 2014 classes begin on August 25. International students will have orientation the week prior to the start of classes. Additional details and MS Advantage registration information will be provided on the incoming student website.
Q. What is MS Advantage?
A. MS Advantage is a required program for both domestic and international students. International students must also attend the International Student Orientation run by the university. Additional MS Advantage information will be communicated via our incoming student website.
Q. Will I need to buy books?
A. Yes. You will need to buy textbooks assigned by faculty members and you will probably want to buy additional books to help you read around the subject. Texts are available at the University Bookstore as well as through other sources, such as a number of websites. Book lists are maintained by the university bookstore. The Graduate Programs Office does not maintain this information.
Q. What books are required for each class?
A. A list of the texts used in each class is available at the campus bookstore. You may purchase the book at the bookstore or acquire it from other sources (i.e. online). Professors will provide a syllabus with required textbooks on the first day of class.
Q. What is the teaching style for professors at UB?
A. UB 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.
Q. How accessible is the faculty to the students?
A. Teaching faculty members are here to support you. It is up to the student to contact them to make an appointment to discuss a particular issue. In addition, most faculty members use e-mail regularly and will happily answer quick questions using that technology.
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Q. What student activities are available?
A. There are various extracurricular activities throughout the year organized by the student organizations. You will be made away of these by e-mail or postings. Contact the sponsoring student organization for details.
Q. Do I need a computer?
A. UB expects every incoming MS student to have access to a personal computer beyond those provided in the university’s public computing sites. Faculty may assign computer-intensive work and design computer-intensive courses that will engage every entering student, on or off campus. While the easiest and most direct access will be through a PC owned by the student, ownership is not required. As an entering student, you are expected to possess/develop computer skills in the following areas: word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, Internet research, and electronic mail. If you do not already have these skills, there are many campus resources available for developing them.
Q. Why is having access to a computer important for academic success?
A. Computer and information technologies play an increasing role in teaching and learning at UB. Many UB instructors post course material on Web pages, assign projects involving Internet and database searching, communicate with class members by e-mail, and expect professionally prepared projects and research papers. If you don’t have access to a computer, you may not be able to fulfill course requirements. All School of Management classrooms provide wireless computer access.
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