The UB MBA: What You Need To Know
Located between the financial centers of New York, Toronto and Chicago and right next to Lake Erie, the University of Buffalo School of Management has built an impressive reputation as one of the top B-Schools, offering an MBA since 1923. Buffalo is the perfect location to get a business degree in a city known for its food (home of the buffalo wings), culture and sports with four distinct seasons.
“In addition to the recent economic renaissance and startup boom in the Western New York area, there is also a presence of various economic development programs that are helping to accelerate this entrepreneurial ecosystem and helping startups drive growth. This flourishing space makes Buffalo the perfect location to launch a business, and the Buffalo community wants to see startups succeed and grow their ventures,” says Alisa Franasiak, Class of 2024 on Buffalo’s site.
The 2-year UB MBA covers 60 credit hours, comprising 27 core course credits, 3 internship credits, and 30 elective credits.
In their first year, UB MBAs strengthen their understanding of core business with real-life scenarios and team-based learning. Their second year is a chance to channel that knowledge into a targeted direction – with the choice to deep dive into specific concentrations including Analytics Finance, Healthcare Management, Information Security Management, Information Systems & E-Business, International Management, Management Consulting, Marketing Management, and Operations & Supply Chain Management.
Unique to the UB MBA is LeaderCORE, which focuses on developing the skills employers identify as critical for future leaders. Students concentrate on developing their competencies in thinking, motivation and people. This culminates in a certification and micro-credential that is well received by industry leaders.
“I was extremely impressed with the content and structure of the program and even more impressed with the quality of the students who were graduating from the program. I have been exposed to many different executive leadership programs over my 35 years in business and I can say that the UB program is the most comprehensive and impressive program I have seen,” says CEO of Moog Inc. John Scanell on Buffalo’s site.
Outside of the required curriculum, students have many avenues of resources and support.
“Another course that is offered as an elective is Entrepreneurship Lab, or ‘Elab’ where students can develop their entrepreneurial ideas into new businesses and seek seed funding. In addition to coursework, you also have access to Blackstone Launchpad, which is an entrepreneurship program at UB. They have various resources for students looking to start a business such as hosting competitions where students can earn early-stage funding to get their ideas off the ground. They also have venture coaches who advise students on developing and growing their businesses. You also have access to an extensive alumni network, many of whom have launched successful businesses, that you can tap into for mentorship or advice when starting your new venture,” says Franasiak.
UB offers a variety of labs, clubs, seminars, conferences, team-based development opportunities and competitions regionally and nationally. Post graduation, MBAs are quite successful in their hunt for employment, with 93% of the class employed within three months of graduation.
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