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Business Administration BS/Management Information Systems MS - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 05.06 BUSINESS MGT & ADMINISTR, CIP: 52.0201 Business Administration and Management, General)

Completing the Business Administration BS/Management Information Systems MS Program

Academic Requirements

  • Students must successfully complete the seven business administration prerequisite courses to be permitted to take the required courses for the major and meet the stated minimum admission requirements (2.500 prerequisite GPA, 2.500 UB GPA, 2.500 overall GPA, and 60 earned credit hours). If a course is repeated, the School of Management will only look at the grade earned the second time, even if the grade is lower than the grade earned the first time. Students may not enroll in any major-related course (including prerequisites) for a third attempt.
  • After beginning the required courses for the major, students must maintain a minimum UB and Major GPA of 2.0 and successfully complete all degree requirements for degree conferral (note that a higher GPA is required for continuation at the graduate level).
  • In order take the 600 level concentration courses and continue at the graduate level, students must earn a UB and overall GPA of >=3.250 at the end of junior and senior year. If the standards are met, then the student will be waived of the necessity to submit a GMAT or a GRE score, and will be automatically continue seamlessly to the Master’s program in the fifth year. The Graduate Programs Office will continue to guide the student through the admissions process as required by The Graduate School at UB (minus the application fee) and provide advisement through completion of the MS degree.

Academic Advice

It is important for students to meet with their academic advisors on a regular basis as well as take advantage of professional development opportunities offered through the School of Management Undergraduate and Graduate Programs Office, the Undergraduate Learning and Community Center, the Career Resource Center, and student clubs and organizations.

Transfer Credit Policy

Internal and external transfer students may request an individual evaluation to determine qualification for this combined BS/MS program by contacting the Undergraduate Academic Programs Office.

Residency Requirement

Business Administration majors must complete a minimum of 24 credits of upper-division (300 and 400 level) School of Management courses at UB. Please remember to consult with your academic advisor about any plans to take courses outside of UB. Students are expected to complete all graduate level coursework for this program at the University at Buffalo.

Prerequisite Courses

ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics
MGA 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
MGA 202 Introduction to Management Accounting
MGQ 201 Introduction to Statistics for Analytics
MTH 131 Mathematical Analysis for Management
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology

Required Courses

For Major:
MGB 301 Organizational Behavior and Administration
MGE 302 Applied Economics
MGF 301 Corporation Finance
MGG 150 Business and Society
MGG 215 Career Connections I
MGG 303 Communication Literacy for Business (Required UB Foundations)
MGG 315 Career Connections II
MGM 301 Principles of Marketing
MGO 302 Production and Operations Management
MGO 403 Fundamentals of Strategic Management
MGQ 301 Statistical Decisions in Management
MGS 351 Introduction to Management Information Systems
MGT 401 Public Policy, Law and Management
Five additional courses for the Management Information Systems concentration 

For Concentration:
MGS 314 Applied Business Programming or CSE 115 Introduction to Computer Programming I
MGS 402 Telecommunications Management
MGS 425 Management of IT Projects
MGS 613 Database Management Systems (replaces MGS 404)
MGS 614 Systems Analysis and Design (replaces MGS 405)

Graduate level courses include:
MGG 503 Introduction to Business
MGQ 606 Statistical Foundations of Analytics
MGS 607 Technology and Innovation Management
MGS 616 Predictive Analytics
MGS 625 Management of IT Projects
MGS 649 MS Practicum (variable credits)
MGS 655 Distributed Computing and Big Data Technologies

Plus 12 credit hours of electives from the following:

  • MGS 602LEC Global IT Infrastructure Management
  • MGS 611LEC Global Distribution Systems
  • MGS 632LEC Seminar in Health Information Systems
  • MGS 634LEC Integrative approaches to Healthcare Management
  • MGS 640LEC IT Risk Management
  • MGS 641LEC Advanced IT Risk Management
  • MGS 642LEC IS Auditing for IT Managers
  • MGS 647TUT Supervised Research
  • MGS 650LEC Information Assurance
  • MGS 651LEC Managing Computer Networks
  • MGS 653LEC Social Network Analytics
  • MGS 657LEC Online Analytical Processing: Data Warehousing
  • MGS 659LEC Web Analytics and Optimization Techniques for eCommerce
  • MGS 662LEC Optimization Methods for Machine Learning

Note: Not all graduate electives are offered every semester and not all graduate courses are three credit hours each.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Business Administration BS/Management Information Systems MS degrees
Credits Required for Major 77
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 36
Additional Credits Required for Electives 7
MS Graduate Credits 30
Total Credits Required for Degree 150

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the Graduate School's Policies and Procedures Manual for requirements for master's degree candidates.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jan 25, 2023 07:58:41