The School of Management offers three undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Business Administration, or Information Technology and Management.
For our Bachelor of Science in accounting and business administration, you must complete the seven prerequisite courses and requirements listed in the chart below.
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.
Major Change Request Deadlines
If you submit a request by the deadline, you will receive notification of the admission decision before the start of registration for the next semester. Late requests are accepted - however, there is no guarantee that you will receive an admission decision before registration for the next semester begins. Admission into these majors for the current semester closes on the last day of drop/add.
Students can submit Major Change Request before any prerequisite courses for the accounting and business administration 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.
Approved accounting and business administration 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 Criteria Chart
|Admission Criteria ||Accounting |
|Business Administration |
Cumulative GPA in seven management prerequisite courses (PGPA)
The prerequisite courses are:
|Overall transfer GPA at entry to UB |
This transfer GPA cannot be improved once you start attending UB.
|UB GPA |
This GPA includes all courses completed at UB
|Cumulative overall GPA |
This GPA includes all courses completed at UB and all transfer credits
|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 has an earned grade, these substitute for MTH 131. The School of Management's repeat policy is applied to all attempted calculus courses.
Semester Academic Review
The School of Management conducts an academic review of accounting and business administration 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 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 to the program is limited and highly competitive. You should first apply to UB and indicate an interest in business administration. The School of Management will invite new freshman to apply to the BS in Information and Technology Management major. All applicants will be reviewed by the admissions committee, and the top 50 will be offered admission.