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The University at Buffalo School of Management's undergraduate programs leads to a Bachelor of Science in Accounting or Business Administration.  All students must complete the seven prerequisite courses and requirements listed in the chart below.

  • If you are a student who was admitted to the accounting or business administration major as freshmen, you must meet the standards below before starting the junior year's major requirements. To apply to change majors within the School of Management, visit the Undergraduate Programs Office in 204 Alfiero Center.
  • If you are a new transfer student who applied to UB as an accounting or business administration major, you will automatically be considered for admission to the major by the School of Management.
  • If you are a current UB student in a non-management major and want to add or change your major to accounting or business administration, submit a change of major request. Your request will be reviewed by the School of Management and you will receive an email with your admission decision and instructions for making an academic advisement appointment.

In order to continue to the upper division accounting courses and for access to registration in restricted courses, you must meet the minimum criteria in the chart below. You will be guaranteed admission to business administration major if you meet the preferred standards below. If you are below the preferred standards but still in good academic standing, you will be given consideration for admission on a space available basis

Important note: High school students interested in the accounting or business administration major are encouraged to apply early for admission to the University at Buffalo. Due to the quantitative nature of these majors it is recommended students complete pre-calculus and be calculus-ready prior to enrollment to UB.

Admission Criteria Chart

Admission Criteria
Minimum Standards
Business Administration
Preferred Standards

Cumulative GPA in seven management prerequisite courses

The prerequisite courses are:
PSY 101, ECO 181-182, MTH 131, MGQ 201, MGA 201-202
How do I calculate the prerequisite GPA?

3.0 2.75
Overall transfer GPA at entry to UB
This transfer GPA cannot be improved once you start attending UB.
3.0 2.5
This GPA is all courses completed at UB
3.0 2.5
Cumulative overall GPA
This GPA is all courses completed at UB and all transfer credits
3.0 2.5
Class standing (units)
Junior standing achieved by completing 60 units
Junior standing Junior standing
Minimum grades in MGA 201 and MGA 202 (each course)
B Must complete both. 

Major Change Requests

Read the important reminders below 


Accepted throughout the year. Accepted throughout the year.

When to Submit Your Major Change Request

Students can submit Major Change Request before any prerequsite courses for the major are completed. If you are in the last prerequisite course for the major, submit your Major Change Request at least four weeks prior to your enrollment date to avoid delay in registering for upper-division courses in the major.

Starting the Junior-Year Curriculum

Approved majors must complete the admission criteria to enroll in junior-year curriculum in the major.


Accounting majors can only start junior-level courses in a fall semester.

  • Admission requirements and policies are set by School of Management faculty and are subject to change.
  • If a prerequisite course for the major is repeated, the grade that is counted is the grade earned the second time, even if the grade is lower than the grade earned the first time. Students may not take a course for a third time.