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University at Buffalo’s School of Management


Location: 203 Alfiero Center, Buffalo, New York 14260

Admissions Office: 716-645-3204



University at Buffalo's School of Management

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.

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.

Annual Tuition: $14,410

Median GMAT: 611 (Avg.)

Acceptance Rate: 48%

Full-Time Enrollment: 511

International: 32%

Mean Age: 25

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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