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Accounting BS - Academic Experience

(HEGIS: 05.02 ACCOUNTING, CIP: 52.0301 Accounting)

Academic Opportunities

Students in this program complete the bachelor’s degree in four years. The program offers courses that are aligned with the requirements of the CPA exam. This course of study also prepares students for graduate programs in accounting, taxation, and other related areas. Qualified students from this program are given priority when they apply for our Master of Science in Accounting at UB. This program supports student clubs (Beta Alpha Psi and UB Accounting Club) by funding club activities and providing faculty advisors for the clubs. Members of these clubs have consistently earned awards in competitions and other high visibility events at the national level. Students are also supported by the program for their participation in many community services that give them the opportunity to use their academic skills (e.g. knowledge about income tax return preparation) to benefit the local community.

Experiential Learning

School of Management students participate in internship and experiential learning opportunities. Our exclusive recruitment system, BizLink, is home to internship postings for our students. Every posting is pre-screened to ensure they are related to the curriculum and meaningful in nature. Students are also encouraged to participate in the Career Passport Program for additional engagement with employers and alumni. Programs such as Case Competitions and the Management Volunteer Program provide students with comprehensive and coordinated opportunities for career development, emphasizing interpersonal and social skills required for success in business. Accounting majors participate in our nationally recognized Free Tax Preparation program. These types of experiences are often sought after by employers in the recruitment process and are expected content on student resumes.

Study Abroad

In an evolving global economy, there is no question that our best prepared students will bring an international perspective with them when they enter the job market. Not only will the experience provide valuable insight from a career perspective, but study abroad is a personally transformative experience. Whether you choose to participate in our School of Management faculty led study trips or from the vast menu of options through the UB Study Abroad Program, you are sure to find study abroad a life-changing experience.

Extracurricular Activities

Student Organizations

There are more than 20 School of Management clubs and associations open to our undergraduate students. There are UB chapters of several national organizations:

  • American Accounting Association (UBAA)
  • American Marketing Association (AMA)
  • Beta Alpha Psi, along with Delta Sigma Pi and Pi Sigma Epsilon (national honor societies).

Students may also participate in:

  • Financial Management Association (FMA)
  • Minority Management Alliance (MMA) Society (MMS)
  • Society for Human Resources in Management (SHRM)
  • Women in Management (WIM)
  • Buffalo Undergraduate Consulting Club
  • Management Information Systems Association (MISA)
  • Undergraduate Management Association (UMA)

See our Student Clubs Directory for club websites and contact information.

See the UB Student Association for additional opportunities to become involved in the UB community.

Honors and Awards

Outstanding majors are recognized at an annual awards banquet in the spring. Students are recognized for both academic achievement and contribution to the department. The NYSSCPA Kennedy award is awarded to a junior accounting major with the highest overall scholastic average. The NYSSCPA senior award is presented to the graduating senior with the highest scholastic average in accounting and who is considered to be a desirable candidate for admission to the profession of public accounting. Senior accounting majors vote to select the recipient of the Lisa Friedman Award. This award is given to the female graduating senior major who, in the opinion of her peers, has the highest potential as a professional accountant and as a friend. The Michael Dockery Memorial Award is based upon outstanding service to the University at Buffalo Accounting Association, as voted by members of the club. Beta Alpha Psi members select recipients of the David Kim Diversity Award and the PwC Service Award.

Departmental Honors

See the School of Management Honors Program for Departmental Honors. Additionally, the top 10% of the graduating class is invited by Beta Gamma Sigma to join their premier honor society recognizing business excellence.

Published: Dec 05, 2019 11:40:50