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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 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 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.

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 our business administration major if you meet the preferred standards below. If you are below the preferred standards but still in good academic standing, we will consider you for admission on a space available basis.

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.

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 my 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 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.