Many of your questions about the UB MBA program will be answered in the FAQs below. If your concerns are not addressed here, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-645-3204.
A. Our full-time MBA program offers fall admission only. Read our admissions requirements and application deadlines.
A. Interviews are by invitation only and are determined after an application has been submitted and evaluated. Admissions staff conduct interviews on campus or via Skype.
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. Register now for an upcoming event.
A. For the fall 2015 incoming class, the average GMAT score for our enrolled students was 611. We evaluate each candidate’s overall application when making admissions decisions. We also accept the GRE. For the fall 2015 incoming class, the average GRE score for our enrolled students was 153 on each of the verbal and quantitative sections.
A. The admissions committee prefers a minimum IBT target of 95 with no section lower than 22. We also accept the IELTS and the Pearson Test of English. The university minimum for the IELTS exam is an overall score of 6.5 with no section below 6.0. The PTE is also accepted. The admissions committee prefers an overall score of 73 and no section below 68.
A. Indian applicants must upload a copy of their proof of degree as a PDF. Read additional information [PDF] regarding Indian 3-year degrees.
A. The average age for our fall 2015 incoming class was 25 years old, with average work experience of 2.23 years. The age range of the fall 2015 incoming class was 20-33.
A. Visit the UB Student Accounts page for current tuition information.
A. The first payment due is your $500 tuition deposit. Your tuition will be due according to university's schedule. Note: tuition and fees cannot be paid in cash.
A. There are multiple forms of financial
aid available to applicants. Students who wish to be considered
for scholarships, fellowships and assistantships must submit a
completed application and all required admissions materials by
February 1, 2016. Both domestic and international students are
considered for these opportunities and there is not a separate
application process to be considered, unless noted within
individual scholarship requirements.
Visit the UB Office of Financial Aid for more financial aid information.
A. We offer 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.
A. The MBA program generally does not accept transfer credit and will not waive any core courses regardless of previous experience or education because of our cohort/study team structure.
A. We offer several dual and collaborative degrees:
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 MBA curriculum page and in the MBA handbook. The handbook reflects requirements for current students, while the website may include updates coming for the next year.
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.
A. Formal concentrations are:
A. Absolutely. Plan carefully from the beginning and meet with your MBA academic advisor regularly.
A. Call us at 716-645-3204. If you are a prospective applicant, we encourage you to attend MBA for a Day, schedule a personalized visit day or meet us at a recruitment event near you. If you're currently attending UB for an undergraduate or graduate program, we encourage you to attend an information session. If you're an admitted student, the Graduate Programs Office will provide information over the summer prior to enrollment regarding academic advisement appointments.
A. The target size of the UB MBA class for fall 2016 is 110-120 students. Incoming classes are divided into two cohorts of 50-60 students. Cohorts are then subdivided into study teams of five or six students.
A. The study teams give students the opportunity to develop team skills that are critical in today’s business world. Team skills include leadership, oral and written communication, conflict management and the ability to run effective meetings. Students work together to minimize weaknesses and maximize strengths. Additionally, each first-year team is assigned a Corporate Champion who will help you become involved in a community business and gain real-world perspective.
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; it is not unusual for students to spend eight to 12 hours a week in group meetings, in addition to personal study time.
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.
A. MBA Advantage is a required professional development program that takes place for 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. Be sure to check these dates before making any travel arrangements.
A. Yes. You will need to buy textbooks assigned by the faculty member and will probably want to buy additional books to help you read around the subject. Texts are available at the University Bookstore and other online sources.
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 online.
A. Our 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.
A. Teaching faculty members are there to support you. It is up to you to make an appointment with your professor to discuss a particular issue. In addition, most faculty members will happily answer quick questions via email.
A. Student organizations host various activites throughout the year. You will be notified of these through the GPO weekly email and/or postings around the Jacobs Management Center and the Alfiero Center. Contact the sponsoring student organization for details.
A. While computer ownership is not mandatory for admission and some computers are available through the university’s public computing sites, we strongly recommend that every incoming MBA student have a personal computer. Many courses will have computer-intensive work. In addation, as an incoming 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.
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 email, 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. All School of
Management classrooms provide wireless computer access.
A. No, work experience is not required for admission, although having work experience will increase 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 also may be viewed differently during the full-time interview process.
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.
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.
A. Yes. Our Career Resource Center and Internships and Experiential Learning Office 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 help you get an internship and full-time job, and ensure you graduate with the skills to successfully search for positions throughout your career.
A. The Career Resource Center pubishes a list of companies who have recruited UB School of Management students.