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Admissions FAQs

We receive many email messages and telephone calls daily from accepted students who have questions regarding the University at Buffalo MBA program. Many of the questions are answered in this FAQ document. This document is updated as new questions are received. By reviewing this document first, you are likely to have your question answered sooner. If your concerns are not addressed in this document, please do not hesitate to send an email or call us at 716-645-3204.

Admissions Process and Requirements

Q. What are the admissions requirements and application deadlines?

A.  Our full-time MBA program offers fall admission only. Click for detailed admissions requirements and application deadlines.

Q. What is the interview process?

A.  Interviews are by invitation only and are determined after an application has been submitted and evaluated. Interviews are conducted by the admissions staff on-campus or via Skype.

Q. How can I sign up for a campus tour?

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. Click here to register for an upcoming event.

Q. Can I contact current students and alumni?

A.  Yes, prospective students can contact UB MBA Ambassadors and also meet UB MBA Alumni at our recruitment events.

Q. What is the average GMAT/GRE score?

A.  For the fall 2014 incoming class, the average GMAT score for our enrolled students is 614. We evaluate each candidate’s overall application when making admissions decisions. We also accept the GRE. For the fall 2014 incoming class, the average GRE score for our enrolled students was 152 on each of the verbal and quantitative sections.

Q. What is the average TOEFL or IELTS score?

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.

Q. Do you accept 3-year degrees from India?

A.  Indian applicants must also upload a copy of their proof of degree as a PDF. For additional information regarding Indian 3-year degrees, see additional information [PDF].

Q. What are the characteristics of the incoming class?

A.  The average age for our fall 2014 incoming class is 25 years old with average work experience of 2.1 years. The age range of the fall 2014 incoming class is 21-37.

Q. What percentage of the incoming class is international?

A.  Approximately 32 percent of the fall 2014 incoming class is international with 13 countries represented, including the USA.


Q. What is the tuition and cost breakdown?

A.  Current tuition information is maintained on central university sites.

Q. When do I have to pay tuition and fees?

A.  The first payment due is your $500 tuition deposit. Your tuition bill will be due according to a university schedule. Please note that tuition and fees cannot be paid in cash.

Q. What types of Financial Aid are available?

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.

  1. Scholarships: The University at Buffalo MBA program offers several scholarships ranging in value from $1,000 to full-tuition. Some scholarships have specific consideration criteria, while others are merit-based.
  2. Fellowships: The University at Buffalo MBA program offers a limited number of fellowships to full-time students each year. These fellowships are awarded to our most competitive candidates. Our UB MBA Dean's Fellows receive a full-tuition scholarship, $5,000 annual stipend and other special program benefits. The M&T Bank Fellowship covers the greater part of tuition and fees and offers a paid summer internship with the potential to enter the Executive Associate career track at this top 20 full-service U.S. commercial bank.
  3. Assistantships: Assistantships are awarded to highly qualified candidates who did not receive a fellowship. An interview process may also be required. A student awarded an assistantship works 20 hours per week in return for a stipend and tuition waiver (waivers differ by department and should be verified by hiring department).
  4. Student loans: Students can apply for student loans by completing a FAFSA application. General financial aid information can be found on the university financial aid website.

Q. What financial assistance is available for international students?

A.  UB School of Management offers 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.

Q. Where can I find housing information?

A.  There are several on-campus and off-campus housing options available. You may wish to contact a current student to discuss options. For additional information, click here.

Program Structure

Q. Can I waive management subjects or transfer credits from previous coursework?

A.  The MBA program generally does not accept transfer credit and will not waive any core courses regardless of previous experience or education due to our cohort/study team structure.

Q. What dual degrees are offered?

A.  We offer several dual and collaborative degrees:

  • Audiology/MBA
  • M Arch/MBA
  • JD/MBA
  • MD/MBA
  • PharmD/MBA

Q. What are the degree requirements?

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 website and in the MBA Handbook. Handbook and website information may differ at a given time - the Handbook reflects requirements for current students while the website may reflect updates coming for the next year.

Q. When can I choose my electives?

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.

Q. What concentrations are available?

A.  Formal concentrations are: 

  • Finance
  • Health care Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Assurance
  • Information Systems and E-Business
  • International Management
  • Management Consulting
  • Marketing Management
  • Supply Chains and Operations Management

Q. Can I take a dual concentration?

A.  Absolutely, although you’ll have to plan carefully from the beginning and be sure to meet with your MBA academic advisor on a regular basis.

Q. How can I make an advisement appointment?

A.  Call us at 716-645-3204. If you are a prospective applicant, we encourage you to attend an MBA for a Day, schedule a personalized visit day or meet us at a recruitment event near you. If you are currently attending the University at Buffalo for an undergraduate or graduate program, we encourage you to attend one of our information sessions. If you are an admitted student, the Graduate Programs Office will provide you with information over the summer prior to enrollment regarding academic advisement appointments.


Q. What is the average class size?

A.  The target size of the UB MBA class for fall 2016 is 110 - 120 students. Incoming classes are divided into two cohorts of approximately 50-60 students in each. Cohorts are then subdivided into study teams of five or six students each.

Q. What is the objective/purpose of the study teams?

A.  The study teams give students the opportunity to develop team skills which are critical in today’s business world. Team skills include things such as oral and written communication, managing diversity and conflict, making meetings work, and leadership. Students can work together to minimize weaknesses and maximize strengths. Additionally, each first year team is assigned a Corporate Champion who will help you become involved within a community business and gain real-world perspective.

Q. How many hours per week will I need to study?

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 and is the second most important aspect of the program next to class attendance. It is not unusual for students to spend eight to 12 hours a week in group meetings in addition to personal study time.

Q. When do classes start?

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.

Q. What is MBA Advantage?

A.  MBA Advantage is a required professional development program that consists of 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. Please be sure to check on Advantage dates before making any travel arrangements.

Q. Will I need to buy books?

A.  Yes. You will need to buy textbooks assigned by the faculty member and you will probably want to buy additional books to help you read around the subject. Texts are available at the University Bookstore as well as through other online sources.

Q. What books are required for each class?

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 (i.e. online).

Q. What is the teaching style for professors at UB?

A.  UB 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.

Q. How accessible is the faculty to the students?

A.  Teaching faculty members are there to support you. It is up to the student to contact them to make an appointment to discuss a particular issue. In addition, most faculty members use email regularly and will happily answer quick questions using that technology.

Student Life

Q. What student activities are available?

A.  There are various extracurricular activities throughout the year organized by the student organizations. You will be notified of these via the GPO weekly email and/or postings around the Jacobs Management Center and the Alfiero Center. Contact the sponsoring student organization for details.

Q. Do I need a computer?

A.  UB expects every incoming MBA student to have access to a personal computer beyond those provided in the university’s public computing sites. Faculty may assign computer-intensive work and design computer-intensive courses that will engage every entering student, on or off campus. While the easiest and most direct access will be to a PC owned by the student, ownership is not required. As an entering 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.

Q. Why is having access to a computer important to your academic success?

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. 

Q. Is work experience required to apply to the UB MBA?

A.  No, work experience is not required for admission, although having work experience can help 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 may also be viewed differently during the full-time interview process.

Work Experience/Career Resources

Q. What constitutes work experience?

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.

Q. Do you count military experience as 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.

Q. Will you help me find an internship?

A.  Yes.  Our Career Resource Center (CRC) and Internships and Experiential Learning Office (IEL) 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 not only help you get an internship and full-time job, but to ensure that you graduate with the skills to successfully search for positions throughout your career.

Q. How can I find out what companies recruit at UB?

A.  A list of companies who have recruited UB School of Management students can be found here.