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Frequently Asked Questions



Q. How many hours a week should I expect to spend on schoolwork?

A. In the PMBA program, you can expect to spend an average of 10 hours per week on activities outside of class.

Q. When are classes held? 

A. Classes for the PMBA program are primarily held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. late August through June. Mini-course electives are typically offered the week before the semester starts and are scheduled for three weeknights and one half day on Saturday.


Q. What is the GMAT and do I have to take it?

A. All PMBA program applicants are required to take the GMAT or the GRE exam as part of the application process, without exception. Test scores must be sent to the University at Buffalo School of Management directly from the testing agency. The test is offered year-round and can be taken at a time that is convenient for you. Keep in mind that appointments to take the GMAT or GRE may be more difficult to schedule as the application deadline approaches. To make an appointment to take the GMAT or for more information visit www.mba.com. To make an appointment to take the GRE or for more information visit www.ets.org/gre.

Q. How much work experience is required for the program? 

A. Students in the PMBA program need at least one year of full-time work experience after completing their undergraduate degrees. Preference for admission will be given to those with more work experience. 


Q. Will I need a computer? 

A. You will need regular access to a computer. If you do not currently have access, we can provide you with guidelines for purchasing a computer. Many of your courses in the PMBA program will require familiarity with word-processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.


Q. Can I take a concentration of courses in one discipline as part of the PMBA program?

A. The PMBA program is designed as a general MBA program. However, if you have flexibility in your work hours, you may substitute electives offered during the day for electives that are selected in the evening as part of your program. Most students decide to pursue general knowledge in a variety of business disciplines rather than specialize. Contact the PMBA office if you have questions on a specific area of concentration.


Q. Do I need any specific undergraduate courses before I can apply or enroll?

A. You are eligible for the PMBA program with an undergraduate degree in any discipline. We recommend that you take at least one semester of college calculus before enrolling, but this is not required.

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