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ENROLLMENT UP 40 PERCENT FOR UB'S MBA PROGRAM

Enrollment in the University at Buffalo's MBA program shot up by 40 percent this fall, following positive reviews from national business publications.

The Management Business Administration program enrolled 258 students, up from 184 a year ago, the university said.

"The bottom line is, MBA students are driven by the quality of the program," said Jerry M. Newman, interim dean of the School of Management. "To the extent that we do well on ratings, our (enrollment) numbers are going to improve."

The Wall Street Journal put UB's School of Management among the top 37 business schools in the U.S. in a study published in April. A survey in Business Week also included UB among elite schools.

UB's full-time MBA program costs $5,100 for in-state students, $8,416 for out-of-state.

The 40 percent increase in enrollment was driven by a 10 percent increase in applications, the university said, meaning that the rate of accepted applications increased.

However, the school managed to let in more students without lowering standards, Newman said. The average student scored 609 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test, the same as last year. And the average length of work experience is up about three months, to 2 1/2 years, Newman said.

UB also offers part-time programs designed for working people.

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