Only the UB MBA prepares you with the MBA LeaderCORE certification and micro-credential.

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.

MBA 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 MBA 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. MBA LeaderCORE will ensure this development occurs before they enter the workforce. ”
Rich Floersch, BS/MBA ’80 , Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
McDonald’s Corp.

Competency Focused

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The LeaderCORE model.

The driving force behind MBA 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

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

Contact Us

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A micro-credential is available for those who successfully complete this program. Visit the School of Management micro-credential website for more information.

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