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Admissions FAQs

We receive many e-mail messages and telephone calls daily from accepted students who have questions regarding the University at Buffalo MBA program. Many of the questions are answered in this FAQ document. This document is updated as new questions are received. By reviewing this document first, you are likely to have your question answered sooner. If your concerns are not addressed in this document, please do not hesitate to send an e-mail or call us at 716-645-3204 (or toll free in the U.S. and Canada at 877-BFLO-MBA). Thank you for helping us serve you better.

Admissions Process and Requirements


Program Structure


Student Life

Work Experience/Career Placement

Q.  What are the admissions requirements and application deadlines?

A.  Our fall admissions requirements and application deadlines are posted at http://mgt.buffalo.edu/programs/new-york-mba/admissions/application.

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Q.  What is the interview process?

A.  Interviews are by invitation only and are determined after an application has been submitted and evaluated. Interviews are conducted by the admissions staff on-campus or via Skype.

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Q.  How can I sign up for a campus tour?

A.  We offer several UB MBA for a Day events throughout the fall and spring semesters. Prospective students attend an MBA core course, discuss their career goals with a Career Resource Center staff member, review the admissions process with a Graduate Programs Office staff member and enjoy lunch and a tour of campus with UB MBA Ambassadors. Click here to register for an upcoming event.

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Q.  Can I contact current students and alumni?

A.  Yes, prospective students can contact UB MBA Ambassadors and also meet UB MBA Alumni at our recruitment events.

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Q.  What is the average GMAT score?

A.  For the fall 2013 incoming class, students accepted to the full-time MBA program scored an average of 604 on their GMAT and the middle 80 percent scored between 560 and 710. We evaluate each candidate’s overall application when making decisions, so there is no minimum cut-off. We also accept the GRE. The target class size for fall 2014 is 120 students per incoming class.

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Q.  What is the average TOEFL or IELTS score? 

A.  Due to a variety of TOEFL formats currently being offered we cannot give an average. Our computer-based minimum is 230 and our IBT target is 95 with no section lower than 22 but be sure to consult with your recruiter on your score.  We are also accepting the IELTS and the Pearson Test of English.  The IELTS is accepted with an overall score of 6.5 and no section below 6.0.  The new PTE from Pearson is also accepted with an overall score of 73 and no section below 68.

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Q.  What are the characteristics of the incoming class?

A.  The average student is about 24.5 years old with average work experience of about 2 years for the fall 2013 incoming class. The age range of this fall's class was 21 - 37.

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Q.  What percentage of the incoming class is international? 

A.  Approximately 30 percent of the 2013 incoming class is international with 10 countries are represented, including the USA.

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Q.  What is the tuition and cost breakdown? 

A.  Current tuition information is maintained on central university sites.

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Q.  When do I have to pay tuition and fees? 

A.  The first payment due is your tuition deposit. Your tuition bill will be due according to a university schedule. Please note that tuition and fees cannot be paid in cash.

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Q.  What types of Financial Aid are available? 

A.  There are three forms of financial aid available to U.S. citizens:

  1. Fellowships: The University at Buffalo MBA program offers a limited number of fellowships to full-time students each year. These fellowships are awarded to the strongest candidates after interviews, some with our corporate sponsors. Our UB MBA Dean's Fellows receive a full-tuition scholarship, $5,000 annual stipend and other special program benefits. The M&T Bank Fellowship covers the greater part of tuition and fees and offers a paid summer internship with the potential to enter the Executive Associate career track at this top 20 full-service U.S. commercial bank. Students interested in consideration for awards should complete their applications by February 15, 2014.
  2. Assistantships: Assistantships are awarded to highly qualified candidates who did not receive a fellowship. An interview process may also be required. A student awarded an assistantship works 20 hours per week in return for a stipend and tuition waiver (waivers differ by department and should be verified with hiring unit.)
  3. Student loans: Students can apply for student loans by completing a FAFSA application.

    General financial aid information can be found on the university financial aid website.

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Q.  What financial assistance is available for international students? 

A.  UB School of Management offers financial assistance to a small number of our most qualified international students prior to the start of classes. We encourage candidates to explore all scholarship and financing opportunities available to them in their home country or country of residence. International students may apply for assistantships once they arrive on campus.

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Q.  Where can I find housing information? 

A.  There are several on-campus and off-campus housing options available. You may wish to contact a current student to discuss options.
      For additional information, click here.

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Q.  Can I waive management subjects or transfer credits from previous coursework? 

A.  The MBA program generally does not accept transfer credit and no core courses are waived regardless of previous experience or education due to our cohort/study team structure.

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Q.  What dual degrees are offered? 

A.  The following dual degrees are offered:

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Q.  What are the degree requirements? 

A.  All degree candidates enrolled in the MBA Program complete a required core curriculum in their first year of study. The second year is designed for the student to select electives. A detailed description of the curriculum can be found on the website and in the MBA Handbook. Handbook and website information may differ at a given time - the Handbook reflects requirements for current students while the website may reflect updates coming for the next year.

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Q.  When can I choose my electives? 

A.  You can choose your electives beginning in the spring semester of the first year. Our MBA academic advisor can discuss options with you based on your academic and career goals.

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Q.  What concentrations are available? 

A.  Formal concentrations are: 

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Q.  Can I take a dual concentration? 

A.  Absolutely, although you’ll have to plan carefully from the beginning and be sure to meet with your academic advisor on a regular basis.

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Q.  How do I make an advisement appointment? 

A.  Call us at 716-645-3204. Admitted and deposited students should make an academic advising appointment. All students should meet with their advisors prior to MBA Advantage. Group advising sessions may be scheduled for new students.

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Q.  What is the average class size? 

A.  The target size of the UB MBA class for fall 2013 is 120 students. Incoming classes are divided into two cohorts of approximately 50-60 students in each. Cohorts are then subdivided into study teams of five or six students each.

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Q.  What is the objective/purpose of the study teams? 

A.  The study teams give students the opportunity to develop team skills which are critical in today’s business world. Team skills include things such as oral and written communication, managing diversity and conflict, making meetings work, and leadership. In addition, students can work together to minimize weaknesses and maximize strengths.

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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. Allocating time to study group meetings is critical and is the second most important aspect of the program next to class attendance. It is not unusual for students to spend eight to 12 hours a week in group meetings in addition to personal study time.

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Q.  When do classes start? 

A.  School begins with MBA Advantage the week prior to the start of regular classes. If you are relocating to Buffalo, you should plan to arrive at least one week earlier to get settled. International students will begin orientation on the Wednesday prior to MBA Advantage.

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Q.  What is MBA Advantage? 

A.  MBA Advantage is a required professional development program that consists of eight days over the course of your two years in the MBA program. Required sessions are scheduled in August and January of your first year, and September of your second year. Please be sure to check on dates before making any travel arrangements.

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Q.  Will I need to buy books? 

A.  Yes. You will need to buy textbooks assigned by the faculty member 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 Web sites.

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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).

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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.

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Q.  How accessible is the faculty to the students? 

A.  Teaching faculty members are there 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 clubs exist in the UB School of Management? 

A.  The School of Management offers the following student clubs:

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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 notified of these via e-mail and/or postings around the Jacobs Management Center and the Alfiero Center. Contact the sponsoring student organization for details.

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Q.  Do I need a computer? 

A.  UB expects every incoming MBA 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 to a PC owned by the student, ownership is not required.

As an entering student, you are expected to possess and 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.

Check university licensing agreements before purchasing software.

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Q.  Why is having access to a computer important to your 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 via 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. Because all School of Management classrooms provide wireless computer access, you may find it useful to have a notebook computer with a WiFi card that you can bring to class to use when requested by faculty.  

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Q.  Is work experience required to apply to the UB MBA?

A.  No, work experience is not required for admission, although having work experience can help your likelihood of being admitted and leverage job opportunities upon graduation. Students who already have a framework of experience to apply to their education, and who understand workplace issues, generally get more out of the program and contribute more to classroom discussions and team projects. They may also be viewed differently during the full-time interview process.

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Q.  What constitutes work experience?

A.  Work experience is defined as full-time employment after completing a bachelor's degree. While co-op, internship and part-time work experience is valuable to your application and in the MBA classroom, AACSB reporting standards require us to report post-bachelor's work experience.

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Q.  Do you count military experience as work experience?

A.  Yes, we believe military experience is valuable and encourage former military personnel to apply to our program, as they have proven leadership and interpersonal skills. As noted above, we can only report experience post-bachelor's, however, military experience completed before finishing your degree will positively impact your application and is often viewed favorably by employers.

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Q.  Will you help me find an internship?

A.  Yes.  Our Career Resource Center (CRC) and Credit-Bearing Internship Program (CBIP) work together to develop internship opportunities for UB MBA students. Both programs share the online BizLink recruiting system. They maintain and continue to grow the list of companies that recruit at UB. Their goal is to not only help you get an internship and full-time job, but to ensure that you graduate with the skills to successfully search for positions throughout your career.

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Q.  How can I find out what companies recruit at UB?

A.  A list of companies who have recruited UB School of Management students can be found here.

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