Most of the questions we receive from applicants and accepted students can be found below. If your concerns are not addressed here, contact admissions.
For up-to-date requirements and deadline information, visit the admissions page.
The School of Management uses a test-optional admissions process for our Master of Science programs. You have the option to submit GMAT or GRE scores in support of your application, but are not required to do so.
All international applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting official test scores from one of the approved tests listed below. Unofficial score reports may be uploaded for admissions consideration. If admitted, you must send official score reports to the institution.
Score reports must be valid at time of planned enrollment. Score reports expire two years from the test date. Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.
The first payment due is your $500 tuition deposit. Your tuition will be due according to the university’s schedule. Note: Tuition and fees cannot be paid in cash.
Students must request, in writing, a deposit refund by the following dates:
* There are no refunds of the tuition deposit after the first day of classes.
Refund requests made after the dates noted above will not be considered.
There are multiple ways to fund your degree. New York State residents may be eligible for New York State financial aid. All domestic students may be eligible for some form of educational loans. No direct School of Management aid is available for the MS programs. Students can apply for student loans by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
We encourage candidates to explore all scholarship and financing opportunities available to them in their home country or country of residence.
Students may apply for assistantships and on-campus employment just prior to enrollment or when they arrive on campus. Admitted and confirmed students can search assistantship and on-campus employment postings on Bullseye powered by Handshake.
A detailed curriculum planner outlining required and elective courses can be found on the Your Program/Curriculum webpage.
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any subject area.
Application process and requirements can be found on the Admissions page.
The program faculty director will review requests for transfer credits on a case-by-case basis. Per the UB Graduate School policy, up to 20% of a program’s required credits can be considered for transfer credits. To be considered for transfer credit, a graduate course must have a full ‘B’ grade or better completed at an equivalent AACSB-accredited institution within the last 10 years.
This depends on your residency/visa status and program requirements. Due to U.S. immigration regulations, internships are available to international students who are in a program that requires them as part of the curriculum. International students may elect to complete Optional Practical Training (OPT) following completion of their degree.
No, the MS in Management is not considered a STEM program.
However, our MS in Business Analytics, MS in Finance, MS in Management Information Systems and Master of Business Administration programs are STEM-eligible, which provides international student F-1 visa holders additional time for Optional Practical Training (OPT).
For information on the foreign student policies for studying in the U.S., visit the Department of Homeland Security Study in the States website. For additional information, visit the University at Buffalo International Student Services website.
If you are a prospective applicant, you can view and register for information sessions via our recruitment events calendar. You can also schedule an appointment to meet with an admissions advisor. If you are an admitted student, your academic advisor will reach out to you prior to the start of your first semester of graduate enrollment.
Some faculty will provide recommended reading, podcasts or videos prior to the start of classes. They are not required, they are just for fun and to help prepare you for your program.
The MS in Management requires 30 credits of coursework. Students attend classes in the fall and spring semesters, with an additional 6 credits completed in the summer. Reference the curriculum planner found on Your Program/Curriculum webpage.
Study time outside the classroom varies greatly from student to student and fluctuates throughout the semester based on assignments and exams. You should expect to invest a minimum of 20 hours per week studying.
Refer to the UB academic calendar for start dates. We also note the first date of classes in program acceptance letters. You will want to pay close attention to pre-enrollment communications you receive from the admissions and advising teams for arrival and orientation dates.
Yes. Faculty members will tell you on the first day of class via the course syllabus if you need textbooks or course material packs. Typically, course material packs are downloadable for either a fee or free. If you are assigned a textbook, it will be available in the University Bookstore, which maintains book lists, or you can find the textbook through various publicly available online sources.
UB faculty employ theoretical, case study, applied and practical teaching methods throughout the curriculum. The individual professor chooses the teaching method used in his or her class, and most courses will combine these methods. Students are expected to participate and contribute to class and team discussions.
Faculty members are here to support you. It's up to you 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.
Yes, our alumni remain engaged with the school and love to connect with students. There are many events and opportunities to connect with alumni.
UB expects every incoming master's student to have access to a personal computer beyond those provided in the university’s public computing sites. Most students have laptops. All School of Management classrooms provide wireless computer access. Faculty may assign computer-intensive work and design computer-intensive courses that will engage every entering student, on or off campus. As an entering student, you are expected to possess or develop computer skills in the following areas: word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, internet research and email. If you do not already have these skills, there are many campus resources available to help develop them. Learn more about software and services UB provides.
No, none of our MS programs require work experience to apply. However, work experience is beneficial.
Yes, we believe military experience is valuable and encourage military personnel to apply to our programs, as they have proven leadership and interpersonal skills. Employers also value military experience.
The School of Management’s Career Resource Center offers state-of-the-art and relevant resources for our graduate level students. The CRC teaches your Career Action Teams course and provides a variety of career preparation resources including individual career advising. Students can post their résumés and search opportunities on the online BizLink recruiting system. The CRC continues to grow the list of companies that recruit at UB. A credit bearing internship is not part of your curriculum, however, students who are citizens or permanent residents are welcome to pursue paid internships while attending class if you have the time. You also have access to UB's central Career Design Center.
The Career Resource Center publishes a list of companies who have recruited UB School of Management students. In addition, each graduate program has a Career Preparation webpage listing employers of recent graduates.