Only the UB MBA prepares you with LeaderCORE certification.

What is at the CORE of every great leader?

That's what the University at Buffalo School of Management has been asking corporate recruiters for decades. We know that corporate leaders want business school graduates with skills beyond industry knowledge and technical ability.

LeaderCORE™  is a selective personal and professional development journey that runs concurrently with your four semesters in the UB MBA program. Throughout the process, we focus on the real world and you, with an emphasis on developing the skills employers have identified as critical for future leaders.

Why LeaderCORE?

“This is exactly what business schools need to be doing. Students who can work effectively both within teams and in leading teams will always be in high demand. LeaderCORE will ensure this development occurs before they enter the workforce.”
Rich Floersch, BS/MBA ’80 , Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
McDonald’s Corp.

Competency Focused

The LeaderCORE model is a Venn diagram. Three circles of Motivation, People and Thinking intersect to form Integrity.

The LeaderCORE model.

The driving force behind LeaderCORE is a focus on core competencies considered vital by the business community for effective performance and successful leadership. These competencies are organized into three key leadership dimensions with integrity as a unifying value.


  • Problem-solving
  • Decision-making
  • Strategic thinking
  • Global and diversity mindset


  • Self-management and adaptability
  • Results orientation


  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Communication
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Leadership

How LeaderCORE works

You will undergo a rigorous assessment process to identify the competencies you wish to strengthen and create a customized personal development plan. Over your second and third UB MBA semesters, you will work with our team of faculty, staff, external coaches and alumni, engaging in a learning environment focused on theory, practical application and personal experiences targeted to prepare you for future leadership roles.

You will have the opportunity to develop your core competencies within your courses, as well as beyond, through our Corporate Champions program, internships, case competitions, leadership initiatives and more. In your final semester, you will present and defend your progression on these competencies and, if successful, receive your LeaderCORE certification.

Logo for MBA Roundtable Innovator Award.

The MBA Roundtable has recognized LeaderCORE™ for advancing innovation in MBA education.

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Nathalie Taureau, MBA ’17

“What LeaderCORE taught me was how to make quick, good decisions, as well as how to collaborate, compromise and be a good leader.”
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
“LeaderCORE graduates are clearly more prepared to enter the workforce and engage from day one with the leadership dimensions instilled in them through the program. It truly is an important program and one that we are certainly pleased to support.”
Delaware North
Logo of MBA Roundtable Innovator Award.

The MBA Roundtable has recognized LeaderCORE™ for advancing innovation in MBA education.

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