University at Buffalo School of Management

203 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, New York, 14260
Admissions: 716-645-3204
Email: som-mba@buffalo.edu
Website: http://mgt.buffalo.edu/programs/mba
Apply: http://mgt.buffalo.edu/programs/mba/application

At the University at Buffalo School of Management, the MBA experience begins with orientation and professional development sessions, known as MBA Advantage, where students become acquainted with classmates and familiarize themselves with the team-based learning environment.

As first-year students, UB MBAs are placed in a cohort of approximately sixty students, with whom they attend most classes. Students are then grouped into six-person teams, which are assembled for their diversity. Teammates prepare projects together, deliver presentations, and study together.

While the first year functions as a strong base on which students can build their professional careers, the second year is their chance to channel that knowledge into a targeted career direction. The second year allows students to broaden perspectives on management or deepen their knowledge in specific areas. While some students choose not to specialize, many choose to focus on one (or more) of ten available concentrations.

Latest Up-to-Date MBA Rankings:

Poets&Quants (2012)60
BusinessWeek (2012)57
Forbes (2011): 48
U.S. News & World Report (2014): 75

Rankings Analysis: The University at Buffalo School of Management retained its No. 60 spot on Poets&Quants’ 2012 ranking, exactly the same place achieved a year earlier, though nine places below its 51st place finish in our inaugural ranking in 2010. The school’s international population has grown substantially over the past three years so that nearly seven of every ten graduate students comes from abroad. Indeed, after the University at Buffalo, the number one feeder school here is the University of Mumbai.

Two-Year Tuition: $30,692 (in-state resident)
Two-Year Tuition: $46,854 (non-resident)

Average GMAT: 604
GMAT Range (mid-80%): 540-670
Average GPA: 3.4
Acceptance Rate: 48%

Full-Time Enrollment: 190
International: 39%
Female: 40%
Mean Age: 24

Average 2012 Base Salary: $58,209
Median Signing Bonus: NA
Percentage of Class of 2012 MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 54%
Percentage of Class of 2012 MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 82%

Where the UB MBA Class of 2012 went to work:
Consulting: 13%
Finance/Accounting: 34%
General Management: 11%
Human Resources: 4%
Information Systems and E-business: 11%
Marketing and Sales: 13%
Supply Chains and Operations Management: 8%
Other: 6%

Top employers:
M&T Bank 5
Citi 4
Ernst & Young 3
PricewaterhouseCoopers 3
BlueCross BlueShield 2
Mu Sigma 2
Rich Products 2

From the University at Buffalo School of Management: 

“UB MBA graduates are seen as extremely bright, eager to succeed and good investments – an irresistible combination for corporate recruiters seeking top business talent.”

Arjang Assad, Dean
University at Buffalo School of Management

UB MBA Distinction

The reputation of the UB School of Management spans the globe thanks to its academic excellence and affordability. The key attributes of our program — real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global nature of our programs — give our graduates a competitive edge, positioning you for success in the world of business.


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.

As part of our real-world learning initiative and to ensure that our graduates are “management ready” and can create value for their organizations, we’ve developed a comprehensive leadership certification program called LeaderCORE that spans the entire two years of our MBA program. Through LeaderCORE, you will navigate real-world business situations while developing a set of clearly identified management competencies that lead to effective performance in the workplace.

LeaderCORE is different from other leadership programs in a number of ways.


  • Creates a highly individualized experience customized for each participant
  • Empowers you to assess, develop and demonstrate levels of management readiness
  • Matches you with coaches and advisors from a core of faculty, staff, alumni and corporate partners
  • Encompasses a wide spectrum of competencies
  • Integrates coursework with multiple leadership opportunities beyond the classroom
  • Results in LeaderCORE certification for those who successfully complete the program

The UB MBA Experience and Curriculum

UB MBAs are active, innovative and collaborative. Our students are unique individuals who bring different perspectives, experience and skills to the program. This diversity of people, ideas and backgrounds will prepare you to move into an ever-changing global business environment.

The MBA experience begins before you ever set foot in the classroom. During our inventive orientation and professional development sessions, known as MBA Advantage, you will become acquainted with classmates, complete initial competency assessments and work with the Career Resource Center to develop your job-search strategy. Unlike orientations at other business schools, MBA Advantage does not end after the first few days on campus. Each semester of the program begins with informative and interactive professional development seminars.

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The UB MBA program is small and selective offering you a highly personalized experience. In every sense of the word, you will be part of our community. Our emphasis on team-based learning connects you with other students in the classroom and beyond, as you work in the same kind of team environment that exists in most top business organizations today.

For the first year, your team will be paired with a Corporate Champion, providing you with a unique opportunity to become more involved in business and the community while gaining real-world perspective on classroom theory. Corporate Champions work with students on a series of activities including MBA Advantage, a Learning Lab Experience, a company site visit, a community service activity and an end-of-semester networking reception.

The UB MBA program combines the depth of a relevant and strong management core curriculum with a breadth of career concentrations. The core curriculum reflects the latest management education trends with emphasis on the skills that you will need for our globally integrated world of business. The program offers nine concentrations, including finance, healthcare management, supply chains and operations, and human resources management.

Beyond the Classroom

As a UB MBA student, you’ll be actively involved outside of the classroom. Our MBA students are members and leaders of several organizations dedicated to professional and social pursuits, including the Buffalo MBA Consulting Club, the Turnaround Management Association and the Graduate Management Association (GMA). A variety of student organizations will help you develop and enhance your skills and provide you with opportunities to work on real projects and network with professionals.

Our students volunteer their time and talents throughout the year. Nearly 100 first-year MBA students, faculty and staff participated in this year’s United Way Day of Caring, contributing to a record number of UB volunteers.

You’ll also hone your problem-solving and analytical skills by participating in a variety of case competitions. The nature and variety of cases will require you to draw upon a range of expertise and skills and integrate what you’ve learned across functional areas, enabling you to propose solutions and present recommendations.

Draw from the Experience of Others

MBA ambassadors assist with recruiting efforts by taking prospective students out for lunch, leading campus tours and calling prospective students throughout the admissions process. Our second-year mentors offer support, feedback and practical advice, helping you transition from the role of an individual contributor to a fully functioning team member or leader.

The University at Buffalo School of Management is known for its network of industry leaders, distinguished faculty and prominent alumni. Our Executive Speaker Series features speakers from this network who have excelled in their business careers. The series will give you the opportunity to meet today’s executives and learn from their rich experience.

Global Perspective

UB MBA students experience changes in the global economy through coursework and globally diverse faculty and peers. Each year, our second-year MBA students have the opportunity to participate in a trip to China. Country forums are designed to provide students with insights to different countries represented in the MBA program.

The Bottom Line

You will graduate from our program with valuable tools for success, including the following:

  • A breadth of knowledge across all function areas
  • Comprehensive, in-depth knowledge in one or more specialized areas
  • Highly developed analytical and conceptual skills
  • Practical, hands-on business experience
  • The ability to think strategically and solve problems
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • A global perspective and understanding
  • Polished communication and presentation skills

Career Development/Management

The School of Management has its own Career Resource Center (CRC) dedicated to connecting talented students and top employers. The CRC staff will find ways to make education and real-world learning pay off in business. From your first day, the CRC will work with you to help you develop your career strategy and hone the tools needed for an effective job search and a successful career. The CRC offers you a variety of seminars to learn how to leverage skills, create a personal brand, use social media in the job search, and successfully build a network of contacts.

Student Testimonials

“Often, soft skills and competencies are regarded as qualitative, but with LeaderCORE, I developed the tools to define and measure those competencies. This is critical in the real world. UB MBAs derive significant value from this program, and the impact can be experience in the workplace.”

Harshit Purwar ‘12
Sourcing Manager, Praxair

“The Corporate Champions really opened their doors to us and were very receptive. Everything in the program tied in so well together. It was great to apply what we were learning to real-life situations.”

Jill Pitzonka ‘10
Assistant Project Manager, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

“From intriguing lectures and challenging case studies, to the countless team-based projects with students from across the globe, the school’s focus on preparing students for success in the real world was evident. The strong foundation, touching on all aspects of business management, that was built during my two years in the MBA program continues to help me progress  in my career.”

Timothy Silverstein ‘08
Director of Investor Relations, National Fuel Gas Co.

Prominent Alumni

    • John R. Alm ’73, Retired President and CEO, Coca Cola Enterprise
    • John Doyle ’86: President and CEO, Chartis U.S.
    • Millard S. Drexler ’66, Chairman and CEO, J. Crew
    • Richard R. Floersch ’80, MBA ’80, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, McDonald’s Corp.
    • Glenn Fosdick ’74, President and CEO, Nebraska Medical Center
    • Jeremy Jacobs ’60, Chair and CEO, Delaware North Cos.
    • Mitchell S. Klipper ’79, CEO, Barnes & Noble Inc.
    • James P. Lederer ’82, MBA ’96, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Qualcomm
    • Larry Leva ’78, Global Head of Risk/U.S. Vice-Chair Professional Practice, KPMG
    • Mr. James M. Lienert ’74, MBA ’84, Executive Vice President and CFO, Occidental Petroleum Corp.
    • Charles Narang, MBA ’71, Chair and CEO, NCI, Inc.
    • Richard Osborne ’69, Senior Managing Partner, Madison Capital Partners
    • Barry Sloane ’81, Chair and CEO, Newtek Business Services
    • Robert Swan ’83, CFO and Senior Vice President of Finance, eBay
    • Judy Vredenburgh, MBA ’75, President and CEO, Girls Inc.
    • Dr. Michael  Cropp, MBA ’03, President and CEO, Independent Health Corporation
    • Lisa Peters ’80, Executive Vice President and Director of Human Resources, Bank of New York Mellon
    • Mara Swan, ’81, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Talent, ManpowerGroup

Dual and Collaborative Degree Programs

If you are interested in other degrees in addition to an MBA, and you don’t want to choose one over the other, we offer several accelerated dual and collaborative degree programs that allow you to combine a full-time MBA with another graduate degree from the University at Buffalo.

MBA – Master of Architecture

MBA – Doctor of Audiology

MBA – Doctor of Dental Surgery



MBA – Master of Public Health

MBA – Master of Social Work

MBA – Doctor of Pharmacy

Master of Science Programs

The UB School of Management’s Master of Science (MS) degree programs offer in-depth study for students who wish to expand their knowledge and experience in Accounting, Finance, Management Information Systems and Supply Chains and Operations Management.



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