Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Business Administration BS/MBA

School of Management

Office of Undergraduate Programs
204 Alfiero Center
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010
Paul E. Tesluk
BobbyJo LaDelfa
Associate Dean
David Murray
Chair, Undergraduate Program
Diane Dittmar
Assistant Dean

Why study Business Administration BS/MBA at UB?

The BS/MBA program reduces by one year the usual pattern of a conventional four-year BS in business administration program and a two-year MBA program. Students accepted into this program must meet undergraduate requirements exactly as specified in the following course schedule for the first three years. Any deviation in the curriculum must be approved. After completion of the undergraduate portion of the curriculum, the student completes no less than 60 graduate hours (excluding waivers) for the MBA degree during year four and five. Provided the student has satisfied all of the requirements for the BS degree at the end of year four, the BS degree may be awarded at that time and the MBA degree is conferred upon completion of the MBA courses at the end of the fifth year.

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. The over-arching goal of our program is to develop a well-rounded business professional who is capable of:

  • Leading through innovation and embracing positive change.
  • Applying quantitative analysis and critical thinking skills to solve problems and develop opportunities.
  • Communicating effectively, including both clarity of message and professionalism.
  • Fostering collaboration to achieve organizational goals.
  • Thriving in a global business environment.

The hallmark of a School of Management graduate should be a highly skilled, emotionally mature and culturally sensitive professional with a strong sense of integrity and ethics. Our program prepares students to enter directly into their chosen career path or to apply to graduate school upon completion of our bachelor’s degree.

The Learning Environment

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 12 upper-level core requirements cutting across multiple management disciplines providing a comprehensive understanding and application of contemporary management practices. Many courses are project based integrating case studies. Capstone courses offer academic training with real-world exposure through experiential learning.

About half of the 12 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. Opportunities for independent study and study abroad are available both during the regular semester and over summer/winter breaks.

At the graduate level, courses are organized around a cohort, a group of students moving through the program requirements together.

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 of Management has twelve technology-equipped classrooms. They range in seating capacity from 40 to 82. Three of the classrooms offer a computer at each seat to support recitations. The School has a computer lab open over 100 hours a week with access limited to just Management students.

There are nine student breakout rooms with a seating capacity of 4-6 students available for scheduling in three-hour blocks through a web application. Each room is outfitted with a large monitor for displaying laptop content. There are another 26 tables throughout the three floors of the atrium that are available as well.

The Undergraduate Learning and Community Center includes three classrooms (of the 12), a community area, tutoring facilities and a group study area — all dedicated exclusively to our undergraduates, with technology throughout to enhance their experience.

About Our Faculty

The School of Management includes six departments with a total of 56 tenured/tenure track faculty members, 20 full-time clinical faculty members, 20 part-time adjuncts, and 22 graduate teaching assistants who support our courses. Our faculty includes some of the most experienced and knowledgeable teachers you will find on any business school campus. Their research is published frequently in leading academic journals and textbooks, and their expertise and advice is sought regularly by the business community and mainstream media.

In the classroom, 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.

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Please visit the Business Administration department website 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 class, the LinkedIn UB alumni MentorLink group, as well as career development workshops and seminars.

The mission of the Career Resource Center (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.

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

Academic Advising

The School of Management’s Undergraduate Academic Programs office provides guidance and support to students. The department has six full-time, master’s educated, professional advisors who work with a designated student caseload. Caseload is distributed based on the first letter of the student’s last name. This model enables our advisors to work with a student from backpack to briefcase all through the academic career helping to create a sense of community and connection right from a student’s first day here. Our advising staff assists with course planning, understanding academic policies and procedures, and serves as a resource for students navigating their way through the complex university environment. The office has a designated admissions coordinator who works closely with transfer students and UB students planning to change their majors to accounting or business administration.

At the graduate level, students are advised by the SOM graduate Programs office in 203 Alfiero Center.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Scholarships and Financial Support

School of Management offers a variety of opportunities, supplemental financial support including scholarships for juniors and seniors, 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 DEAL Expo and Target Case Competition.

Be sure to also see the University 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.

Published: November 17, 2017 09:58:03 AM