Apply Now: MS in Accounting

Thank you for your interest in the MS in Accounting program.

Our program offers fall admission only. Completed applications and all credentials, including letters of recommendation, must be received in the School of Management according to the deadlines below to be considered for admission.

Critical Dates for Fall 2018 Applicants

Who May Apply
Application Due Decision Notification
$500 Tuition  Deposit Due 
Only UB junior level accounting students*
May 1, 2017
June 30, 2017
July 31, 2017
All applicants
Oct. 15, 2017 Dec. 1, 2017
Jan. 1, 2018
All applicants (final deadline)**
Feb. 1, 2018 March 15, 2018
April 15, 2018

*The May 1 deadline is only for UB junior level accounting students who expect to complete their junior year by the end of the spring 2017 semester with an minimum overall (UB and transfer credits) GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in MGA 301, 302, 311 & 314.

**Applicants applying for the Feb. 1 deadline MUST upload copies of their transcripts that include fall 2017 grades.

Follow the steps below carefully to ensure you complete the application process correctly. Be sure to adhere to the application deadlines and instructions as incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

If you are a UB School of Management undergraduate accounting student applying to the UB MS in Accounting program, you are no longer required to submit a GMAT score report for admissions consideration.
If you are earning/have earned your undergraduate accounting degree at another U.S institution, you must submit a current GMAT score report.

Reference the Admissions Checklist [PDF] to assist you throughout the application process.

Required Application Steps


Applications should be submitted electronically through the Graduate Application website. Be sure to upload required documentation as instructed. When uploading materials to your application, upload them as PDF files. Be sure to remove password protection from all documents prior to uploading them. Do not mail or email materials, as they will be discarded. You will be expected to complete your application within 30 days of original online submission.

Note: Once all admissions requirements have been received, it can take up to two business days for your application status to reflect as complete.

A nonrefundable application fee of $100 is required. You must submit your application fee electronically via the University at Buffalo E-Payment system at the end of the electronic application.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

All applicants to the School of Management are required to take the GMAT or GRE and have the results reported to this university. The GMAT/GRE are aptitude tests designed to measure capabilities important to the study of management at the graduate level.

Program Notes:

MS Accounting program - The GMAT is required for the MS in Accounting program. If you are a UB School of Management undergraduate accounting student applying to the UB MS in Accounting program, you are no longer required to submit a GMAT score for admissions consideration.

MS Finance, Management Information Systems and Supply Chain and Operations Management programs - If you have, or are earning, a UB undergraduate degree with a minimum overall (UB and transfer) GPA of 3.5 and are applying to the MSF, MIS or SCOM programs, you do not need to submit a GMAT or GRE score report for admissions consideration.

For more information regarding the GMAT test, dates and places of administration, visit the GMAT website. The GMAT institutional reporting code varies by program. Be sure to use the correct code to report your score:
MS in Accounting - K6RQX67
MS in Finance - K6RQX45
MS in Management Information Systems - K6RQX87
MS in Supply Chain and Operations Management - K6RQX91

The GRE is also accepted for MS applications other than MS Accounting. The reporting codes for GRE are:
Department Code - 4201
Institution Code - 2925

Applications are viewed holistically. While the faculty admissions committees do not have absolute minimums for admission, it is unlikely that prospective students with a score below the 30th percentile on any section of the GMAT or a score below 152 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE will be admitted.

Be sure to allow yourself enough time to prepare for the exam and for the score to be reported by the intended application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. GMAT and GRE score reports expire five years from the date the exam is taken. Be sure to submit valid score reports.

Recommendation letters

As part of the online application process, you must supply the email addresses of two recommenders. These individuals will receive an email asking them to submit an online letter of recommendation on your behalf, including how long they have known you and in what capacity and which characteristics they consider to be your strengths and weaknesses. You will be notified by automated email when your recommenders have completed the process. Both letters must be received by the application deadline for admissions consideration. No exceptions will be made.

The best recommenders are those who can comment on your academic and professional qualifications; current or former professors and employers are desirable. Recommenders must upload their letters as PDFs. Letters sent by applicants are not valid.

Note: UB's MS in Accounting program requires at least one letter to come from a professor in your undergraduate program.

Personal statement

Submit a personal statement, including your reasons for pursuing the MS degree and your career aspirations. Your statement should be uploaded as a PDF through the Graduate Application site. Be sure to include your full name — identical to that used on the Graduate Application site. Document length should be approximately 700 words.


Submit a résumé showing relevant education and work experience, and include months and years of employment (i.e. MM/YY - MM/YY). Your résumé should be uploaded as a PDF through the Graduate Application site. Be sure to include your full name — identical to that used on the application site.


Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded as a PDF to the Graduate Application site for admissions review. Upload the front and back of transcripts (if back is blank, you do not need to upload the back). The site checklist has more than one line item for transcripts. If you only attended one undergraduate institution, you may ignore the second item. Transcripts for all undergraduate credits (i.e. transfer, A.P., etc.) must be uploaded for admissions consideration. We will not consider your application for admission until you upload all undergraduate credit transcripts.

If offered admission, you must submit an official final transcript from every post-secondary institution attended to finalize admission. If you are a domestic applicant, ask all colleges and universities you have attended to send official transcripts in sealed university envelopes to the Graduate Programs Office, 203 Alfiero Center, Buffalo, NY, 14260. UB students may print their transcripts from the HUB system. The School of Management will not request transcripts for UB students. International applicants should not mail transcripts, as additional information will be provided with I20 materials.

Degrees cannot be conferred unless official transcripts are on file from every school attended. Applicants who are currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate courses must submit transcripts from the most recent semester completed, but will need to provide final and official transcripts to finalize admission.

If you are applying for the Feb. 1 deadline, please be sure to upload transcripts with fall 2017 grades.

The Personal Privacy Protection Law requires this notice to be provided when collecting personal information from individuals: The information on this admissions application will be used by the School of Management at the University at Buffalo to evaluate your request for admission. Failure to provide the requested information could prevent your application from being processed. The authority to request this information is found in section 355 (2) (I) of the Education Law.

This application will be maintained in the Graduate Programs Office. The official responsible for the maintenance of this information is the assistant dean, 203 Alfiero Center, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260-4010.