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Bachelor of Science in Accounting

It is not all about crunching numbers!

Students who major in accounting also are exposed to courses in marketing to human resources and develop "soft" skills in addition to the quantitative and analytical competencies important to career success. Because accounting has often been considered the language of business, students who study this major are prepared for entry-level professional positions in public accounting as well as many careers in industry and government. However, if an accounting major wishes to become licensed as a CPA in New York State and virtually all other states, the student must satisfy the 150-hour education requirements. New York, as well as many other jurisdictions, not only requires completion of 150 college credit hours, but also mandates fairly specific requirements regarding accounting and business coursework within those 150 hours. The University at Buffalo School of Management offers a one-year Master of Science in Accounting that is registered by NYS. Completing a “registered” accounting program puts you in the express lane for CPA licensing approval, i.e. your application will get automatic approval with respect to the educational requirements, rather than a detailed review by a government employee. In addition, a graduate degree will offer a competitive advantage in a very credential-conscious marketplace, not only for the first position but also for later competitive employment opportunities. A graduate degree is an investment in your long-term success.

Curriculum Plan

Academic performance in the freshman and sophomore courses is the main criterion for admission to the upper-division in the School of Management. In the first two years, students complete the university writing requirements, general education courses and seven prerequisite courses for the major.

Students not ready for calculus are advised to complete pre-calculus before attempting MTH 131.

Freshman Year

1st semester

2nd semester

ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics (prerequisite to business major) ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics (prerequisite to business major)
MTH 131 Mathematical Analysis for Business (prerequisite to business major) PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (prerequisite to business major)
ENG 101 Writing I ENG 201 Advanced Writing II
UGC 111 World Civilization I UGC 112 World Civilization II 
  Free Elective (AACSB - 3 units)

Sophomore Year

1st semester

2nd semester

MGA 201 Introduction to Accounting I (prerequisite to business major) MGA 202 Introduction to Accounting II (prerequisite to business major)
MGQ 201 Introduction to Computers and Statistics (prerequisite to business major) Arts General Education Course
Natural Science Natural Science (with lab)
UGC 211 American Pluralism Free Elective (AACSB - 3 units)
Free Elective (AACSB - 1 unit) Free Elective (AACSB - 3 units)

After successful completion of the freshman and sophomore year curriculum at the minimum admission standards and gaining formal admission to the major, the following requirements remain:

Junior Year

1st semester

2nd semester

MGA 301 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 
[Required ACC Course]
MGA 302 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
[Required ACC Course]
MGA 314 Cost Accounting 
[Required ACC Course]
MGA 311 Accounting Systems 
[Required ACC Course]
MGA 303 Communication for Accountants (2 units - fall or spring)
[Required ACC Course]
MGG 300 Career Strategies, Planning and Management
(2 units - fall or spring) **
MGQ 301  Statistical Decisions in Management ** MGO 302 Production and Operations **
MGS 351 Introduction to Management Information Systems ** MGE 302 Applied Economics **
MGF 301 Corporation Finance ** Free Elective (AACSB - 3 units)

Important advising notes:

Senior Year

1st semester

2nd semester

MGA 402 Auditing [Required Concentration Course] MGA 404 Advanced Financial Accounting [Required ACC Course]
MGA 403 Federal and State Taxes [Required ACC Course] MGF 401, 402, 403, 405, or 407 [Required ACC Course]
MGT 403 Business Law I [Required ACC and Core Course] MGO 403 Fundamentals of Strategic Management **
MGM 301 Principles of Marketing** MGB 301 Organizational Behavior and Administration **
MGI 301 Human Resources Management **  

KEY: **Required MG Core Courses

Students interested in the CPA should visit the NYS CPA website and investigate the MS in Accounting to the meet the 150-hr requirement.

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