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Accounting BS/Accounting MS

(HEGIS: 05.02 ACCOUNTING, CIP: 52.0301 Accounting)

Why study Accounting BS/Accounting MS at UB?

The combined Accounting BS/MS provides a full-life-cycle educational pathway students. This is a five-year program combining undergraduate and graduate coursework that will qualify you to sit for the CPA exam and graduate with both your Bachelor of Science in Accounting and your Master of Science in Accounting. In today’s competitive workplace, you need a complete package of skills and abilities to rise to the top. At UB, you'll satisfy the 150-credit-hour CPA licensure requirement while refining your skills in critical thinking, communications, time management, leadership and other areas. Additionally, our students continue to have the highest CPA exam pass rates among large programs in New York State!

Our program is accredited by the AACSB International-The Association to Advance College Schools of Business. The accounting program was accredited in 1985, one of only 190 programs in the country to achieve this level of recognition.

Our program provides you with an educational experience that offers both quality and value and provides a path seamlessly completing your undergraduate and graduate degrees. This program provide a cost and time efficient means to increase a student’s career potential.

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
  • gain hands-on experience with complex, real-life accounting problems through consulting engagements, case studies and more
  • study data analytics, tax planning strategies, risk management, IT audits and other complex accounting issues with top-notch faculty and industry professionals

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. Throughout the program, students are exposed to a variety of learning approaches, such as lectures, technology-driven lab sessions and after-lecture tutorial sessions. All junior and senior year accounting courses and all graduate courses are offered with multiple sections with the size of each section limited to 40-45 students. Course delivery and learning evaluation are uniform across all sections. Team-based projects are incorporated into most courses and are structured to simulate real-life business scenarios that require collaboration, communication, and creative problem solving in a team setting. Students have access to the Accounting Resource Center, a meeting and learning space funded by an alumnus and staffed by teaching assistants.

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.

About Our Faculty

Nine members of our faculty are recipients of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes outstanding teaching ability through superb classroom performance. These scholars bring to their classes broad interests and current, far-ranging knowledge.

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) exclusively serves School of Management students and alumni and promotes proactive career exploration and development with life-long strategies for individual career success. The CRC is also a key link between the school and employers, offering programs that maximize connections between our students, employers, and networks. In addition to job fairs, employer sessions and networking events, the CRC has tailored programming for undergraduate students through the Career Passport Program. This program includes two hands-on courses facilitated by CRC staff that will lead you through every aspect of your career development process. Self-assessment, résumé writing, interviewing skills and job-search techniques are just a few of the topics covered in this mandatory, two-course sequence.

Our staff is dedicated to providing a caring environment that enables and motivates students to be successful in reaching their individual career goals. We invite you to connect with our office to find out more about these resources.

Our program also has a very strong track record in CPA exam pass rates, consistently ranking in the top two among the large accounting programs in NYS and among the top 30 in the country.

Academic Advising

The School of Management’s Undergraduate Programs office provides academic advisement to undergraduates majoring in Accounting, Business Administration, and Information Technology and Management. The office has eight full-time, master’s educated, professional academic advisors who work with a designated student caseload. You are assigned to a management advisor based on the first letter of your last name. This model enables our advisors to create a sense of community and connection right from your first day on campus and through the transition from backpack to briefcase. Our advising staff assists you with course planning, and to navigate academic policies, procedures, and resources for students at the university. The office also has a designated staff member who works closely with transfer students and UB students planning to change their majors.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Undergraduate Academic Programs Office
204 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, NY 14260
Ph: 716-645-3206
Fax: 716-634-2341
Email the Undergraduate Academic Programs Office

Graduate Academic Programs Office
203 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, NY 14260
Ph: 716-645-3204
Fax: 716-634-2341

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.

Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for additional scholarship opportunities.

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

Associated Programs

Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:49:26