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The UB MBA Experience
The UB MBA Experience
A Team Environment
To be successful in today's global marketplace, you must be able to skillfully lead, work and communicate with colleagues from diverse social, political and functional backgrounds. In the UB MBA program, you'll work in the same kind of team environment that exists in most top business organizations today. As a first-year student, you will be placed in a cohort of approximately sixty students with whom you will attend most classes.
You also will be grouped into six-person teams, assembled for their diversity. You and your teammates will prepare projects, deliver presentations, complete assignments and study together. You will become adept at collaboration and team problem solving, and challenge each other to think from different perspectives and to adapt to new ideas. As an added benefit, teammates often become friends and future colleagues, contributing to one another's lifetime career networks.
The Bottom Line - you will leave our program with these tools for success:
A breadth of knowledge across all functional areas
Comprehensive, in-depth knowledge in one or more specialized areas
Highly developed analytical and conceptual skills
Practical, hands-on business experience
The ability to think strategically and solve problems
Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
A global perspective and understanding
Polished communication and presentation skills
- UB MBA Advantage
- At the University at Buffalo School of Management, your MBA experience begins before you even set foot in a classroom. During our innovative orientation and professional development sessions, known as MBA Advantage, you will become acquainted with your classmates and begin to familiarize yourself with the team-based learning environment that is the backbone of our curriculum.
- The School of Management MBA Ambassadors are a volunteer group of first-year and second-year MBA students. These student ambassadors assist with the recruiting efforts for the full-time MBA program. Some recruitment activities include lunch with prospective students during the MBA for a Day program, leading campus tours and calling prospective students during the application process.
- MBA Case Competitions
- At the UB School of Management, case competitions provide important opportunities for students to integrate their learning across functional areas. The nature and variety of cases require students to draw upon a range of expertise and skills enabling them to propose solutions and present their recommendations.
- China Trip
- China is an increasingly important participant in global economic affairs. Since January 2002, the School of Management has sponsored an annual trip to China as an elective element of our MBA International Business Environment course.
- Corporate Champions
- As a UB MBA, you'll participate in the Corporate Champions program, a unique opportunity that will help you become more involved in business and the community as you gain a real-world perspective on what you learn in your classes.
- Country Forums
- Country Forums are designed to provide students with insights to the different countries represented in the MBA program. Student speakers discuss their experiences with their fellow MBAs from their perspective.
- Executive Speakers
- The Executive Speaker Series features speakers who have excelled in their business careers, and was designed to give students the opportunity to meet today’s executives (primarily School of Management alumni) and learn from their rich expertise.
- Lippes Speaker Series
- The Gerald S. Lippes Speaker Series focuses on current issues and topics related to business and finance. It is part of a larger effort to foster an integrated understanding of the worlds of business and law and to encourage a collaborative dialogue between business and legal professionals.
- Mentor Program
- Mentors offer support, encouragement, feedback, inspiration and practical advice that facilitates the first-year student's transition from that of an individual contributor to a fully functioning team member and/or leader. A team mentor’s primary role is to help team members examine their work process by assisting their identification of behaviors that enhance team functioning, and by providing guidance with respect to those that may impede it.
- Student Organizations
- School of Management students run a number of organizations dedicated to professional and social pursuits.
Some are exclusive to graduate or undergraduate students but many serve both populations.