Updated July 1, 2020.
COVID-19 Impact at the University at Buffalo
Admissions and Admissions Process Documentation
Current and Future Course Format/Enrollment
Master of Science in Management Information Systems Program Questions
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MBA Program Questions
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During this challenging time, we know you have questions about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) could impact your impending enrollment, especially if you are traveling to us. If you are planning to enroll in a School of Management program in summer 2020, fall 2020 or spring 2021, we want you to know that we are busy preparing and planning an impactful academic experience for you, and eagerly awaiting your arrival. However, as of March 17, 2020, we are not taking in-person meetings, appointments, walk-ins or information sessions. We have moved to a fully virtual system for all conversations, recruiting activities, information sessions and events.
For any questions not addressed in this FAQ, contact us directly:
At this time, the University at Buffalo is open and fully operational, and courses are being offered online for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. We are evaluating academic options for the summer and fall 2020 terms. For specific details on university operations and policies, visit the University at Buffalo COVID-19 FAQs webpage, the official channel of COVID-19 communication for the entire UB community.
Admitted students have shared with us their fear of not being able to make it to Buffalo in time to start their academic program. We understand that it may be difficult to make plans for your arrival in Buffalo. As we receive information from various authorities, including the U.S. and New York State governments and the University at Buffalo, we will share it with you in a timely and transparent manner through multiple communications channels: via this FAQ page, email and social media. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to connect with us on our social media channels.
Summer 2020 courses will be delivered via distance learning where possible. At present, we have made no changes to the fall university academic calendar. The university is anticipating regular enrollment for summer and fall 2020. However, these are extraordinary circumstances and it is possible the situation will change. If any changes occur that impact your specific program, we will contact you directly via email regarding enrollment options. In addition, we will share information via our FAQ and social channels.
Applications for spring 2021, summer 2021 and fall 2021 programs open July 1, 2020. Check the individual program website for appropriate dates.
If you are a U.S. applicant for the fall 2020 term, we are still accepting applications for MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA and Master of Science programs. Contact Aaron Shaw, assistant director of recruiting.
If you are a non-U.S. applicant for the fall 2020 term, we are no longer accepting international applications. We encourage you to apply for spring 2021, summer 2021 or fall 2021 programs.
Yes, where possible, we have extended application deadlines. Check the Admissions page for your program to see if deadlines have changed.
President Trump signed into law S. 3503, March 21, which will enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Students receiving GI Bill benefits are not required to take any action. Benefits will continue automatically. VA will work closely with schools to ensure enrollments are accurately certified and processed timely. Press release.
Yes, we recommend you pay your tuition deposit to secure your seat in the incoming class as soon as possible. Should you defer to the next enrollment term, your tuition deposit will be deferred to that term. We have extended our deposit date to July 1, 2020, for fall 2020 incoming MBA and MS students. For PMBA and EMBA students, your deposit dates are already July 15 and August 1, respectively. If any changes occur that impact your specific program, we will contact you directly via email. In addition, we will share information via our FAQ and social channels.
Complete your application with all materials except your scores. We will review your application materials on an ongoing basis. However, we encourage you to take advantage of online testing resources as soon as possible.
The Duolingo (DET) is an online test for English language proficiency for admission to all UB degree programs for fall 2020 and spring 2021.
The UB School of Management will accept the online version of the above exams.
No, you will not need to retake the GMAT/GRE in this situation, as you would be an admitted student deferred to the next available term. However, if you decide to apply to a different program than the one to which you are admitted, you may need to retake the GMAT/GRE exam.
We understand there may be disruptions in services at other institutions related to COVID-19. We will evaluate each situation and be as flexible and accommodating as possible.
Summer 2020 courses will be delivered via distance learning where possible. Fall 2020 courses are scheduled to be delivered in their original format. However, the university is evaluating which additional courses may be converted to online or distance education to best serve our students. If any changes occur that impact your specific program, we will contact you directly via email regarding enrollment options. In addition, we will share information via our FAQ and social channels.
We admit students from many countries, and recognize that not all countries will lift COVID-19 restrictions at the same time, so we are currently evaluating all options for admitted students to begin their program on time. We are looking at both partial and full distance learning possibilities. If any changes occur that impact your specific program, we will contact you directly via email regarding enrollment options. In addition, we will share information via our FAQ and social channels.
Some of our programs have both spring and fall start dates, some have a summer start date, while some of our programs are fall start only. Speak with your admissions team to find out if you are eligible for a deferral and what the next applicable term would be for your enrollment. As a normal policy, we allow any admitted student to defer admission for one year.
No, you would not have to go through the application process again. We can defer your application to the next applicable admissions term.
Note: If you are currently in the United States and plan to attend graduate school for summer 2020 or fall 2020, please DO NOT LEAVE the country. The State Department is currently advising that you will NOT get a visa to travel back to the U.S. in August.
If you have been admitted and uploaded all of your required I-20 documents, in accordance with U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement COVID-19 guidance, UB International Admissions will provide you with both a physical and a digital .pdf copy of your signed I-20. In addition, you have access to your SEVIS ID number and the SEVIS School Code for UB in the student portal. With this information, you can apply for a visa appointment when U.S. consulates reopen. Original I-20s with physical signatures will be mailed/couriered as soon as we are capable of ensuring delivery.
Our UB International Admissions Office has started shipping original I-20s with physical signatures. You must select 'Express courier service' in your Student Application Status Portal to ensure timely delivery.
There is no specific deadline for submitting immigration documents. However, we encourage you to complete these steps as soon as possible so when shipping and visa appointments resume, you have the appropriate materials to move forward.
Yes, you can complete the DS-160 and pay the SEVIS fee now.
The I-901 SEVIS fee remains valid regardless of the I-20 start date. If your admission is deferred, UB can also defer the I-20 to a future term. Visit fmjfee.com for more information on the I-901 SEVIS fee.
We understand the challenge you may have securing appropriate financial documentation due to COVID-19 closures. You should continue, to the best of your ability, to work to get your bank documents and other I-20 documents as soon as possible. We can begin processing your I-20 once we receive all of your required documentation.
All visa issuance questions should be directed to your local U.S. consulate office. Visa appointment and issuance are regulated by the U.S. government. Information about visa appointment wait times, news and alerts can be found at the U.S. Department of State website. You can also contact your local U.S. consulate office for specific information about the impact of COVID-19 on visa issuance in your area.
Note, if you are considering using a private visa documentation processing firm, be aware that their specific calendars are separate from those of the U.S. Department of State or consulate offices. Private visa processing firms may have different availability and dates.
U.S. embassies and consulates have cancelled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020. Embassies and consulates will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Students are encouraged to check in with the embassy and consulate regularly to monitor visa appointment changes.
If your arrival in Buffalo is delayed by any COVID-19 related issue, we will continue to inform you of your enrollment options and ask that you work with your admissions team to understand the impacts for your specific program. You can also refer to FAQs on course format, enrollment options and deferral process.
Applications are still open for U.S. domestic and permanent resident students. Work with our admissions team to complete your application.
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, applications for fall 2020 admission to this program have been suspended.
You have several options.
You have several options.
You have several options.
To ensure that those who are interested in pursuing an MBA are not hindered by any restraints to sit for the GMAT and GRE, the University at Buffalo School of Management is temporarily waiving GMAT/GRE test requirements for experienced or accomplished fall 2020 applicants to its full-time MBA program.
Fall 2020 applicants may also submit expired GMAT/GRE or SAT/ACT scores in lieu of a current GMAT/GRE score.
Learn about the specific waiver requirements.