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Accounting BS

(HEGIS: 05.02 ACCOUNTING, CIP: 52.0301 Accounting)

Why study Accounting BS at UB?

Why is the University at Buffalo School of Management a great place to invest your time, money and energy?

The answer: Our programs is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and provides you with an educational experience that offers both quality and value. Of the more than 16,000 business schools in the world, only about 850 are accredited by AACSB. This prestigious accreditation is considered to be the hallmark of management education. The accounting program was accredited in 1985, one of only 188 programs in the country to achieve this level of recognition. 

Our majors prepares you for eventual managerial careers in the private and nonprofit sectors. Our curriculum emphasizes a broad exposure to quantitative reasoning, social sciences and soft skills, and a general management education required to compete in today's global market. With a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, you’ll be prepared for entry-level professional positions in public accounting as well as many careers in industry and government.

Students interested in taking the New York State CPA examination need to be aware that the undergraduate accounting degree is not sufficient to sit for the NYSCPA exam and need to explore graduate studies to qualify, such as the Master of Science in Accounting in the School of Management.

Learning Outcomes

The University at Buffalo School of Management Undergraduate Programs are committed to making a difference in the lives of our students, guided by a culture of responsibility and mutual respect. Learning outcomes for the program are determined and continuously updated through discussion with the faculty group responsible for delivery of the courses in the program, as well as external stakeholders of the program, such as the Accounting Advisory Council of the department and recruiters of our students. In this program, students will develop proficiency in four key skill areas:

  • recording, analyzing and interpreting information for external and internal use
  • risk assessment, audit processes and responsibilities of accountants
  • management and assessment of data and information technology
  • tax principles, strategy and compliance

Upon the completion of this program, students will be able to apply critical thinking skills, ethical standards and relevant accounting principles to unstructured problems. Students will also be able to communicate effectively in professional accounting settings.

The Learning Environment

Courses in the program are delivered by highly qualified faculty using instructional approaches that ensure the learning outcomes of each course. Students take a series of prerequisite courses early in their academic careers that serve as a foundation for the upper-level core curriculum. There are upper-level core requirements that cut across multiple management disciplines providing a comprehensive understanding and application of contemporary management practices. Many courses are project-based integrating case studies. The capstone course offers academic training with real-world exposure through experiential learning.

Several of the courses are delivered via Digital Access or in lecture halls, while the other half average 45 students. Recitations that accompany core courses are taught by teaching assistants in class sizes of approximately 30 or less. The class size for additional required concentration courses typically average 45 students. A concentration is not required, but all students must complete a minimum of three 300 or 400-level management courses beyond the core courses.

About Our Facilities

The Jacobs Management Center and the adjacent Alfiero Center offer a complete home for management students, faculty and staff. Together, they are among only a few buildings at UB that commingle classrooms and offices, creating an interactive community of professionals, students and scholars. The School has a computer lab with exclusive access for School of Management students.

There are nine student breakout rooms each outfitted with a large monitor for displaying laptop content. There are numerous tables and work spaces throughout the three floors of the atrium for group work, studying, networking, and socializing with peers. Take a virtual tour.

The Undergraduate Learning and Community Center includes classrooms, a community area, tutoring facilities and a group study area — all dedicated exclusively to our undergraduates, with technology throughout to enhance student experiences. The new center offers a bright, colorful space dedicated exclusively, to help undergrads feel at home in the School of Management.

About Our Faculty

The faculty of the program consists of ladder faculty and clinical faculty. Both types of faculty have the highest academic degree required for their appointment. Ladder faculty members hold doctoral degrees and maintain an active research record by publishing in the top and leading academic journals in their area of expertise. Clinical faculty members hold one or several professional certificates (e.g., CPA) in addition to academic degrees required for their appointment. Academically qualified clinical faculty also publish in their area of expertise. Our faculty frequently attend conferences, workshops, and other professional meetings to update their knowledge and develop professional networks. Our faculty is actively engaged in mentoring students (e.g., serving as faculty advisor of student clubs and coaching student teams in case competition) and ensuring a high-quality learning environment.

This expertise enables them to illustrate the theoretical side of business concepts and bring them to life with practical industry examples. Our faculty's commitment to teaching, along with their contacts, availability and friendliness, makes them a powerful and highly approachable resource for our students.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the School of Management faculty and staff directory for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

The Career Resource Center (CRC) in the School of Management serves as the primary resource for students and alumni, helping them to effectively leverage CRC tools and services in career exploration and job search. The CRC is also a key link between the school and employers, offering programs that bring these groups together, such as job fairs, networking events, the Career Passport Program, internships, campus recruiting, professional speakers for student clubs, industry presenters in the required career planning/strategies classes, as well as career development workshops and seminars.

The mission of the CRC is to create an environment that enables and motivates students to be successful in reaching their career goals. Please contact the CRC in 308 Alfiero Center for further information.

For eight years in a row, the pass rate of UB accounting students is ranked no.1 among large accounting programs in New York State. Nationally, UB is ranked no. 21 among large accounting programs.

To learn more about where alumni of our program have been employed, visit our Career Resource Center Student page.

Academic Advising

The School of Management’s Undergraduate Academic Programs office provides guidance and support to students majoring in Accounting, Business Administration, and Information Technology and Management. The department has six full-time, master’s educated, professional academic advisors who work with a designated student caseload. Student caseload is distributed based on the first letter of the student’s last name. Our advising staff assists with course planning, helping students understand academic policies and procedures, and serves as a resource for students navigating their way through the university environment. The office also has a designated admissions coordinator who works closely with transfer students and UB students planning to change their majors to accounting or business administration.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Scholarships and Financial Support

The School of Management offers a variety of opportunities for supplemental financial support including merit scholarships, study abroad scholarships, travel to professional association conferences or national competitions through our annual WOW fund program, and opportunities through various undergraduate competitions such as our annual Undergraduate Poster Competition.

Be sure to also see the Undergraduate Admissions website for additional scholarship opportunities.

At the graduate level, students ought to pursue a number of funding opportunities including discussing with the graduate programs office about how to apply for graduate assistantships.

Associated Programs

 
Published: May 26, 2020 15:54:12