Admissions

The School of Management offers two undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Accounting or Business Administration. In either major, you must complete the seven prerequisite courses and requirements listed in the chart below.

  • If you were admitted to the accounting or business administration major as a freshman, you must meet the standards below before starting the upper-level requirements (300/400 management courses). 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 wish 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.  Submit a major information request if you aren't ready to change your major, but want to learn more about the accounting or business administration major. An initial evaluation of your academic record with information about the major will be sent to you. 

Important note: If you're a high school student interested in the accounting or business administration major, you should apply early for admission to the University at Buffalo. Due to the quantitative nature of these majors, you should complete precalculus and be calculus-ready prior to enrollment.

Semester Academic Review

The School of Management conducts an academic review of all approved majors every fall and spring semester. Students who are enrolled in lower-level prerequisite courses (ECO 181, ECO 182 PSY 101, MTH 131*, MGA 201, MGA 202 and MGQ 201) taken across the freshmen and sophomore years are reviewed each semester to ensure that the standards to continue to the upper-level (junior year) requirements are maintained.  See the Admission Criteria Chart below for the minimum standards for accounting and business administration.

Important note: Although students must meet all of the conditions in the chart below, it is possible the academic review process directs students to choose an alternative major as soon as the end of the freshman year if performance indicators are too low to rise to the minimum standards in a timely fashion. Transfer students should note that they will also be subject to this review process.

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. 

Admission Criteria Chart

Admission Criteria
Accounting
Minimum Standards
Business Administration
Minimum
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 my prerequisite GPA?

3.0 2.5
Overall transfer GPA at entry to UB
This transfer GPA cannot be improved once you start attending UB.
3.0 2.5
UB GPA
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

* If MTH 121 or MTH 141 is successfully completed prior to changing to the accounting or business administration major, these substitute for MTH 131. The School of Management's repeat policy is applied to all attempted calculus courses.

When to Submit Your Major Change Request

Students can submit Major Change Request before any prerequisite 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 upper-level curriculum in the major (300/400 level management courses).

 

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 you repeat a prerequisite course for your major, the second grade is counted, even if that grade is lower than the grade you earned the first time. You may not take a course for a third time.