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Business Administration BS/MS Finance - Program Requirements

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

Completing the Business Administration BS/MS Finance 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 2.000 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

Courses from other institutions that have been previously evaluated in comparison to UB courses are listed on UB's course articulation TAURUS website. For courses not listed, students can submit a new request to TAURUS. Courses at the upper division (300 and 400 level) must be taken from other four-year AACSB Accredited Institutions. 

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
Four additional courses for the financial analysis concentration 

For Concentration:

MGA 306 Financial Reporting and Analysis
MGF 405 Advanced Corporate Finance
MGF 633 Investment Management (replaces MGF 402)
One of the following: MGF 600 level course (replaces the 400-level finance elective)
Graduate level courses include:
MGF 635 Financial Derivatives
MGF 638 Fixed Income Securities
MGF 641 Financial Policies and Strategies
MGF 644 Supervised Research – Fixed Income or MGF 645 Supervised Research - Equities
MGF 661 Management of Financial Institutions
MGF 685 International Finance Management
MGF 696 Portfolio Theory and Strategy
Minimum of three additional MGF 600-level electives for track chosen from the lists below

STEM Electives:

Non-STEM Electives: 

Note: Not all graduate electives are offered every semester.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Business Administration BS/MS Finance degrees
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate) 73
Additional Credits required for UB Curriculum36
Additional Credits Required for Electives11
MS Graduate Credits30
Credits Required for Major150

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: Jun 29, 2022 13:26:18