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Admissions Process and Deadlines

Instructions for Applicants

Incomplete files will not be reviewed. It is expected that early applications will be complete within 30 days of original online submission. Applications must be complete and all documents filed by the deadline date to be considered for a given round.  These programs admit for the fall semester only, there is no spring admission.

Critical dates for fall 2014 applicants:

Due to the volume of qualified MS Accounting applications we have received, the fall 2014 application is now closed. The fall 2015 application will open on July 1, 2014. Thank you for your interest.

Who may apply Application due Decision notification Tuition deposit due              ($500 nonrefundable)
Accounting applicants ONLY October 15, 2013 November 14, 2013 January 20, 2014
All applicants November 15, 2013 December 19, 2013 January 20, 2014
All applicants January 15, 2014 February 17, 2014 March 24, 2014
All applicants (Accounting, Finance, Supply Chains only) February 15, 2014 March 17, 2014 April 14, 2014
All applicants - final international deadline for Accounting, Finance, Supply Chains only March 1, 2014 March 31, 2014 April 28, 2014
U.S. applicants only (Finance, Supply Chains only) April 15, 2014 May 5, 2014 June 2, 2014
U.S. applicants only (Finance, Supply Chains only) June 1, 2014 June 12, 2014 June 23, 2014

Documents that must be submitted online:

Incomplete files will not be reviewed by the admissions committee. In order for a file to be considered complete, all bulleted items listed above must be included in application by the application deadline.

Please be sure to submit required documentation as instructed and do not send in multiple ways as this slows down application processing.  If you uploaded it, do not mail hard copies and do not e-mail it to the Graduate Programs Office.  The items marked with an asterisk (*) should be uploaded before you mark your application complete.  If you failed to upload the documents you may send them as attachments to som-apps@buffalo.edu

Documents that must be submitted after you receive an admissions decision:

Items needed from testing agencies:

If you have begun your application, you may view your checklist to find out what materials you are missing. Please give our office two to three weeks from the time you sent the documents to update this list. NOTE: The checklist is not active until you pay the application fee.

Explanation of the items that are necessary to complete this application

Application Fee

A nonrefundable fee of $100 is required. Pay online by credit card at the end of the online application process. (If credit card payment is not possible, a $100 fee is payable in U.S. funds by check or money order to "University at Buffalo, The State University of New York."     Be sure to indicate your full name on the check or money order.) Cash is not accepted.


Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application for admissions review. If you are an international applicant and have an official World Education Services (WES) credential evaluation, we encourage you to upload the official WES evaluation along with your transcripts. The WES evaluation is not required, but is encouraged. Please note that the WES evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement.
All transcripts must be in English and Chinese applicants must also submit a transcript in Chinese.
Indian applicants must also upload individual marksheets along with their transcripts, along with a copy of their proof of degree. Applicants from India please see additional information [PDF].

If offered admission, an official final transcript from every post-secondary institution attended must be submitted to finalize admission:
 - If you are a domestic applicant, please ask all colleges and universities you have attended to send official transcripts in sealed university envelope to the Graduate Programs Office.
   UB students may print their transcripts from the HUB system. The School of Management will not request transcripts.
 - If you are an international applicant, please do not mail materials to our office. Instructions will be provided with your I-20 materials and you will need to bring these documents to campus.

MS degrees cannot be conferred unless 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. Indian applicants must also submit a copy of their proof of degree. Applicants from India please see additional information [PDF].

The Interactive Graduate Application checklist has more than one line item for transcripts - if you only attended one undergraduate institution you may ignore the second item. If you attended multiple schools, you must upload transcripts from all schools attended.

Letters of Recommendation

As part of the online application process, you will be asked to supply the e-mail address of two recommenders. Once you complete your online application and pay the application fee, your recommenders will be sent an e-mail message asking them to submit an online statement of recommendation on your behalf. Recommenders will be charged with creating an original letter of recommendation on your behalf, since no standard form will be provided. You will be notified by an automated e-mail when your recommenders have completed the submission and your checklist will be updated. You must complete the online application and submit the application fee in order for the recommendation request to be sent to your recommenders and for your recommenders to be able to upload the letter to your application.
MS Accounting applicants: We require at least one letter from a professor in your undergraduate accounting program.

Calculus Requirement

A calculus prerequisite is a requirement for all programs. The requirement is completion of one semester of college level calculus with a "B" grade or better, or completion of two semesters of college calculus with at least "C" grades.  MS Accounting: this requirement may be satisfied by one calculus course with a grade of "C" or better.

If you have taken a course containing calculus concepts (functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, etc.) that is not specifically called calculus on your transcript, please forward a note indicating which course contained calculus content.

If you have not satisfied the calculus requirement you should plan to take a calculus course in the semester or summer prior to your intended enrollment date. 

Personal Statement

Briefly describe your career objectives. Be as specific as you can concerning the types of positions and responsibility levels to which you aspire. Include short-term and long-term goals. Describe how you expect the MS program to help you achieve your goals. (Approximately 700 words.)

All personal statements must be uploaded to the application. Be sure to include your full name identical to that used on the application site.


Submit a résumé showing relevant work experience and education. Your résumé must be uploaded to the application. Be sure to include your full name identical to that used on the application site.

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

You may upload copies of score reports to the online application for admissions consideration. If admitted, you will need to have the testing agencies send official score reports to the University at Buffalo.

Applicants for the MS in Accounting must submit a GMAT score. All other MS applicants must submit either a GMAT or GRE score. You must specify that the testing service report scores to the University at Buffalo School of Management.  While the admissions committees do not have absolute minimums for admission it is unlikely that prospects with a percentile score below the 30th percentile in any section of the GMAT or less than a score of 152 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE will be admitted.

The GMAT institutional code for the School of Management varies by program.  Be sure to use the correct code:

MS in Accounting - K6RQX67

MS in Finance - K6RQX45

MS in  Management Information Systems - K6RQX87

MS in Supply Chains and Operations Management - K6RQX91

The codes for the GRE are:

Department Code - 4201 (general business) or 4303 (MIS)

Institution Code - 2925

See GMAT or GRE if you have not yet taken one of them.  Download the GMAT Handbook [PDF]

Buffalo area GMAT testing site: Code 47075

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Application Deadline and Financial Assistance

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It is advisable to apply early as some programs may be closed prior to the final application deadline due to limited seat availability. The admissions committee reviews applications according to the “critical dates” schedule provided at the top of this page. The committee will not review incomplete applications, so please be sure to submit all required materials by the deadline you select.

Please note that we award a few scholarships to our most qualified MS applicants. General financial aid information for domestic applicants may be found on the university financial aid site.

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Additional Information for International Applicants

Please Note: It takes approximately three to four weeks to process and prepare an international application for admissions review. The admissions committee reviews completed applications according to the schedule at the top of this page. You will receive a decision by e-mail followed by a letter sent via surface mail. Any international applications arriving close to the final deadline of March 1 will be reviewed in order of receipt. Therefore, it is prudent to apply earlier.

Eligibility for Graduate Admissions

International applicants must have completed an academic program equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling. Students may apply during the final year of such a degree program but must furnish proof of graduation before the end of the first semester of enrollment.

English Language Proficiency

You may upload copies of score reports to the online application for admissions consideration. If admitted, you will need to have the testing agencies send official score reports to the University at Buffalo.

All applicants who are not native speakers of English, including those who are transferring from or who have completed degree programs at other U.S. colleges or universities, must prove their English language proficiency by taking a standardized test and reporting the score to the university.  Scores expire two years from the date the exam is taken - please be sure to submit valid scoresUnofficial score reports may be submitted as the admissions office has the capability to verify scores.   (Important - No Certificate of Eligibility will be issued until a satisfactory language test score has been submitted.) The following tests are accepted:


The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report must be dated within two years of applying to this university. Further information about the TOEFL may be obtained from the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Information Service in your country or by writing the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08540-6151, U.S.A. The school code and department code for the University at Buffalo are 2925 and 02 respectively.  The school generally requires a TOEFL score of at least 570 or 230 on the CAT TOEFL for admission. The IBT TOEFL is also accepted, with a preferred score of 95 or better and no section lower than 22. Visit the TOEFL for website for more information. 

Pearson Test of English

The Pearson Test of English is accepted for admission to the UB MBA and MS programs.  The university has established minimum acceptable scores at a 73 total and a minimum of 68 on each of the individual sections.  Students who enter the program with the PTE will be required to take an institutional TOEFL after arrival at the university - at no cost.  The TOEFL score will be used for benchmarking purposes since the PTE is a newly developed test.  See the PTE website for testing and reporting information. 


The IELTS is accepted for admission to the UB MBA and MS programs.  The university requires a score of 6.5 overall with no section lower than 6.0.  Information on testing and reporting for the IELTS can be found on their website.  [School code: 4454]

If your English skills are not strong, you may wish to consider the English Language Institute (ELI) at this university prior to applying. ELI offers intensive English language courses during the summer (six- and twelve-week sessions), fall, and spring semesters. Information and application forms for ELI may be obtained by contacting ELI, 320 Baldy Hall, North Campus, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York 14260. See: UB English Language Institute

Financial Documentation

All international applicants must document their ability to meet all educational and personal expenses for the entire period of intended study before this university can issue an I-20 or IAP-66. It is essential that you read the International Applicant Financial Form carefully. Complete and upload the form along with official supporting documentation as outlined in the instructions. Supporting financial documentation should be a letter from a bank official stating the funds available (liquid assets) in U.S. dollars. No certificate of eligibility will be issued without satisfactory financial documentation. Financial documentation is required for visa issuance, documentation may be submitted after acceptance, but we recommend that you submit it with your application to avoid any delays.

Living in the U.S.

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The Personal Privacy Protection Law

The Personal Privacy Protection Law requires this notice to be provided when collecting personal information from individuals: The information on this admissions application will be used by the School of Management at the University at Buffalo to evaluate your request for admission. Failure to provide the requested information could prevent your application from being processed. The authority to request this information is found in section 355 (2)(i) of the Education Law.

This application will be maintained in the Office of Academic Programs Administration. The official responsible for the maintenance of this information is the assistant dean, Graduate Programs Office, School of Management, University at Buffalo, 203 Alfiero Center, Buffalo, NY 14260-4010.