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About Business Management

The master of science (M.S.) in business management is a career-oriented program designed to instill the skills and knowledge essential for effective management practices in today’s globalized economy.

The program's curriculum equips students with critical knowledge in a wide variety of business and management disciplines—such as digital communication, information systems management, leadership, business analytics, marketing, and strategic management.

Graduates from our 30-credit hour program may apply their skills in a variety of workplace settings—private companies, public institutions, multinationals, not-for-profits, and small businesses.

Business Management, M.S.

Degree Information

Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree in any discipline 
     
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher (based on 4.0 scale)
     
  • International applicants: Proof of English language proficiency. Minimum score requirements for TOEFL is 61 iBT or IELTS is 5.5

Application Materials

  1. Complete online application form
     
  2. Include a personal statement (not to exceed 1,000 words): Our admissions committee members look for interesting, insightful, and personal statements that provide evidence of your competency and motivation. This statement should:

    -Indicate the reason why you are applying for SUNY Buffalo State’s M.S. Business Management program
    -Include your career goals, hopes about the program, and past work or educational experiences as they relate to the program.
     
  3. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation
     
  4. Submit your current resume.

Application Deadline

Our rolling admission policy means we continue to evaluate applications until we have filled all the slots for our incoming class.

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B grade) on a 4.0 scale in all graduate courses completed at the college.

GPA Consideration

  • Grades received for coursework completed at another institution through cross registration are included in the GPA
     
  • Transfer credits are not included in GPA
     
  • Undergraduate coursework completed while working toward the graduate degree is not included in the GPA but is shown on the transcript.

At the graduate level, grades of C (2.0) or higher may be applied toward credit requirements for a master’s degree. Typically, no more than 9 credit hours with a grade of C can be accepted toward a master’s degree, and some degree programs permit even. Grades of C– (1.67) or lower are not used to satisfy degree requirements. Grades of B– or lower may be repeated.
 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, management occupations are expected to grow five percent between 2019 and 2029 nationwide and will result in about 505,000 new jobs.

A master’s in business management provides many career choices in the service industry—such as banking, insurance, health care, law, or sports—or in the product industry—such as manufacturing or marketing management. You may opt for a career with a multinational corporation, college administration, or government agency. 

Career examples:

Academic sales manager
Business adviser/analyst
Business development manager
Construction manager
Data analyst
Logistics and distribution manager
Marketing coordinator/executive

 

Operations and quality management
Project manager
Property administrator
Retail manager
Risk manager
Supply chain manager

 

Unique Focus

The M.S. in business management program includes a distinct focus on management development and highlights digital communications, applicable to both the private business and nonprofit sectors.

Bustling Location

The program capitalizes on Buffalo State’s urban location and low cost, as well as business opportunity growth in Western New York.

Serving Many Disciplines

Our program accepts students without business prerequisites and work experience. The program is open to undergraduates from numerous disciplines including art, criminal justice, education, engineering, hospitality and tourism, the sciences, and many others. 

Exceptional Faculty

The program is taught by a mix of full- and part-time faculty members who are involved in the business community, have extensive industry experience, and are committed to providing quality education to their students. 

Small Class Sizes

Our small class sizes allow for more engagement, creating a collaborative atmosphere that helps include students in the conversation.

SUNY Value

Receive the highest quality management education at a substantial cost savings compared to other local private colleges and universities. 

Completion Time

The business management M.S. program is offered in an intensive 12-month full-time format, or a part-time format.

“Successful managers today need to understand the strategic opportunity afforded by digital communications. This program will help students develop the tools and systems necessary to advance in an organization and in their own private businesses.”

- Kevin Miller Dean, The Graduate School

“This program fills a niche in the Western New York market; our program is the only M.S. with a distinct focus on management development.”

- Michael Littman Chair of the Business Department