Revised, more flexible MBA options available from the UB School of Management

Release Date: April 2, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Working professionals who wish to earn a Master of Business Administration degree now have even more flexibility to balance work and a world-class business education through two updated programs from the University at Buffalo School of Management.

The Professional MBA (PMBA) program will now offer blended in-person and web-based classes in a format that improves the quality of the program, and enhances the MBA learning experience to meet the changing demands of today’s working professionals.

Students can choose from courses that meet on weeknights or Saturdays, with one-third of coursework taking place in the classroom and two-thirds technology assisted.

Courtney Walsh, assistant dean of executive education in the UB School of Management, says a key advantage of the program will be the high-caliber network-building opportunities.

“The shift gives busy professionals time outside traditional class hours to learn and work in groups, and spend in-class time applying, executing and reinforcing,” says Walsh. “As an added benefit, they’ll have more time to interact with faculty applying the concepts, tools and skills they are learning in the program.”

The School of Management’s Part-time MBA program began in 1931 and was transformed to the Professional MBA in 1997.

“These changes are the next step in a continual evolution that keeps our graduates competitive and prepares them for success in today’s global workplace,” adds Walsh.

In addition to the updates to the PMBA program, experienced leaders in the school’s Executive MBA (EMBA) program will now meet for classes on Fridays and Saturdays every other week, allowing them to complete the program in just 17 months — three months shorter than the previous format, which met every three weeks. In addition, the program will provide more executive coaching and leadership development, as well as tools and skills to advance their career and build their professional network, tutoring for all quantitative courses and the opportunity to study abroad.

“The participants in our EMBA program have always benefitted from a transformational experience,” says Walsh. “Now they can do so in a format that is more manageable for professionals who have been out of school for many years, and gets them to their goal even faster.”

The revised programs will begin in fall 2018, and applications are now open. To learn more, call 716-645-3200, send an email to

The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school also has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report for the quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides its graduates. For more information about the UB School of Management, visit

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