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Introduction to Undergraduate Programs and Student Services

The University at Buffalo, the Division of Undergraduate Education and the faculty of the School of Management grant the Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Management degrees and establish standards for the undergraduate programs.

Student’s Responsibility

All School of Management students are subject to university and school regulations concerning student affairs, conduct and discipline.

It is the student’s responsibility to know the regulations in effect and stay informed on registration policies, prerequisites, degree requirements, calendar dates, etc.

The School of Management reserves the right to make changes in program, policy, admission standards and regulations as circumstances dictate subsequent to publication. Each student is expected to have knowledge of the information contained in this handbook and in other university publications.

School’s Right to Amend Rules and Procedures
The School of Management reserves the right to amend its rules and procedures when necessary. The school grants students the right to petition for relief from its rules and procedures in individual cases. The school, however, does not have the authority to waive requirements set by the University at Buffalo.

Advisement and Student Services

Undergraduate Programs Office
Students seeking advice, assistance and information concerning the program should call 716-645-3206 or visit 204 Alfiero Center for an appointment. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The school’s Undergraduate Academic Programs Office establishes curriculum requirements for each student when he or she enters the program. At that time, the student’s course schedule and standing will be determined.

Undergraduate Learning and Community Center (ULCC)
The Frank and Marilyn Clement Undergraduate Community Hub is a place for students to network, study, work on group projects and relax. The Learning Hub provides a meaningful network of resources to help students achieve success in the School of Management and beyond, with one-on-one or group tutoring and workshops, study groups, and guided study skill sessions to help meet academic goals. The center is located in B20 Jacobs Management Center.

Career Resource Center
Located in 308 Alfiero, the school’s Career Resource Center (CRC) provides advisement in all areas of the job search process.  The CRC has a library of books, periodicals, newspapers, manufacturing directories and other resources, and schedules professional development workshops and activities.  The Internships and Experiential Learning program is part of the CRC and serves all School of Management students as well as employers across industries.

Additional Career Resources:
The School of Management Alumni Association also organizes professional development and networking opportunities. In addition, the university’s Career Services Office is located in 259 Capen Hall.  

Computer Resources
The School of Management’s computer lab, located in 210 Jacobs, offers networked computers for students to use. With a consultant on duty to assist users, the lab is generally open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call 716-645-3332 or visit the lab's webpage for more information.

Additional computer resources are located in Baldy Hall, Bell Hall, Clemens Hall, Diefendorf Hall and the Undergraduate Library in Capen Hall.

Calendars, Important Deadlines and Directories

Management Course Enrollment Requirements

Academic Policies and Procedures

The School of Management conducts an academic review of all approved undergraduate majors every fall and spring semester.

Students who are enrolled in lower-level prerequisite courses for their management major are reviewed each semester to ensure that the standards to continue to the major's upper-level requirements are maintained.  See the "Good Standing in Major" Charts.

Good Standing in Upper-level requirements for majors
Once students enter the upper-level (300/400 level) management courses, to maintain good academic standing in your major, you must achieve a minimum upper-level major GPA of 2.0 in addition to a UB cumulative and an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Accounting majors must also achieve minimum grades of C in MGA 301, MGA 311, MGA 302 and MGA 314 to continue to the senior year accounting courses. “C” grades in both MGA 301 and MGA 311 are required to remain enrolled in MGA 302 and MGA 314. Students who are dismissed from the accounting major in the junior year can join the business administration major provided their upper-level requirements GPA is still a minimum of 2.0 and they have not failed a required management course during a second enrollment in the course. 

Entering college freshmen who were admitted directly to one of the 4+1 programs must earn an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.25* to move seamlessly to the MS program.

* BS/MS Accounting students must also achieve a minimum junior-senior year accounting GPA of 3.0 to continue to the graduate courses.

Class Attendance
Since UB strives to promote student responsibility, there is no rule concerning absences from classes. However, instructors may take account of absences in final grades, and course attendance is expected.

Courses Taken Outside UB
School of Management students are expected to complete their programs at UB. However, students who wish to take lower-division summer work at another accredited institution for credit toward their degree may do so if the course is identified as an equivalent on the Taurus website or by first obtaining approval. Petition forms are available in the School of Management’s Undergraduate Programs Office for MGA 201, MGA 202 or MGQ 201. In rare circumstances, students may be able to petition for consideration for upper-level equivalents from AACSB-accredited business schools.

Students must take at least 30 credit hours at UB to obtain a degree from this institution and meet all other requirements. In addition, a minimum of 24 units of 300- and 400-level management coursework must be completed at UB to be eligible for a BS in business administration and information technology and management. UB’s BS in accounting requires all upper-level requirements to be completed at UB.

Independent Study
Independent studies are supervised research, usually limited to 3 credit hours. Students are typically permitted up to 9 hours of independent study, except when a student takes more than the required electives and exceeds the minimum 120 units for a bachelor’s degree. Independent study forms are available in the Undergraduate Programs Office. Complete and return the form to 204 Alfiero Center to register for an independent study course.

Internships and Experiential Learning
Students are limited to six hours of internship credit, regardless of whether credit will be used for a management elective.

Repeating Courses
A student may repeat a major course only once, provided the department approves the repeat. Students may not take a course required for the major a third time. For courses outside the School of Management — including ECO 181 and 182, PSY 101 and MTH 131 — visit https://catalog.buffalo.edu/policies/repeat.html.  Students may not repeat courses for which their grade is Incomplete.

  • Information Technology and Management majors are not permitted to repeat MGS 101, MGS 102 or MGG 150.

Residency Requirement
Students are required to earn a minimum of 24 units of management courses at the 300 and 400 levels offered by the University at Buffalo School of Management.  If more than 15 management units have been waived, students must take additional undergraduate management courses. The university’s residency requirement is 30 units.

Student Evaluation
Eligibility for admission, graduation, retention, probation and dismissal are determined by the Undergraduate Program Committee of the School of Management faculty and by the Undergraduate Education Division’s Policy Committee.

Time Limit of Prior Business Administration Coursework
If a student leaves the university for 10 years or more, during which he or she has not registered for any UB courses, and is later readmitted to the university, none of the 300- or 400-level management courses taken during the earlier period of matriculation shall be permitted to count toward the graduation requirements of the management program.

If a student re-enters UB after an absence of less than 10 years, courses that are more than 10 years old will be individually evaluated for waiver credit toward the degree. Upper division electives — from the same area as the course for which the student is seeking a waiver and if completed within 10 years of re-entry — can serve as a basis for waiving a required course that was taken more than 10 years earlier.

Waiver Policies

Residency Requirement
Students are required to earn a minimum of 24 units of management courses at the 300 and 400 levels offered by the University at Buffalo School of Management.  If more than 15 management units have been waived, students must take additional undergraduate management courses. The university requires a minimum of 30 units to be completed at UB.

The following courses will be considered for equivalency through petition only:

MGQ 201
To receive a waiver of MGQ 201, a student must present evidence to the School of Management that he or she has completed at least one course in statistics and has formal coursework or experience involving a spreadsheet program.

MGA 201 and 202
Two semesters of financial and managerial accounting from a two-year community college or an accredited four-year college with equivalent coverage. Under exceptional circumstances, students not meeting the above requirements may be required to take a waiver exam.

Note: Accounting majors are required to earn a minimum grade of B in both MGA 201 and MGA 202.

MGA 306
Waivers are considered only when comparable courses are taken at an upper-division level from an AACSB-accredited, four-year college.

Note: MGA 306 is an elective for non-accounting students and is not part of the accounting major.

MGA 301, 302, 303, 311, 314, 401, 402, 403, 404, 410, 415
Waivers are usually not approved. In general, the accounting faculty will consider the waiver of only one accounting course throughout the entire program. To be considered, the course must be from a four-year AACSB school.

MGB 301
Waivers are considered only when comparable courses are taken at an upper-division level from an AACSB-accredited, four-year college.

(Introduction to psychology, sociology or management courses are not similar to MGB 301.)

MGF 301
Waivers are considered only when comparable courses are taken at an upper-division level from an AACSB-accredited, four-year college.

MGE 302
Economics 405 and 407 at UB with grades of “B” or higher in both courses will waive MGE 302. Waivers for non-UB courses are considered only when comparable courses are taken at an upper-division level from an AACSB-accredited, four-year college.

MGI 301
Waivers are considered only when comparable courses are taken at an upper-division level from an AACSB-accredited, four-year college. In addition, the course must have been completed within the past three years.

MGM 301
Waivers are considered only when comparable courses are taken at an upper-division level from an AACSB-accredited, four-year college. Alternatively, the faculty will consider two full-semester marketing courses with the same content within the last two academic years from a two-year school.

MGQ 301
Two courses, with a grade of “B” or better in each course, which include the following components: introductory statistics; probability theory; hypothesis testing including Chi Square, "t" and F tests; multiple regression and analysis of variance.

MGS 351
One full-semester introduction to MIS course within the last two academic years from an AACSB-accredited, four-year school. Alternatively, two full-semester MIS courses with the same content as MGS 351 from a two-year school.

MGO 403
MGO 403 is the School of Management capstone course. Waivers are not permitted.

MGT 401
Public Policy, Law and Management - Business Law I and II with the same content as MGT 401 from a two-year school will be considered for waiver of MGT 401. Students who have completed an upper-level course in Legal Environment of Management or Business Law with the same content as MGT 401 from a four-year, AACSB-accredited institution may also be considered for a waiver.

MGT 403
Waivers are not permitted.

Academic Integrity, Grievance Policies and Procedures, Student Code of Conduct

Archived Handbook

If you need access to a handbook older than the one posted, please contact the Undergraduate Programs Office at 716-645-3206 or mgt-undergrad@buffalo.edu.