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Accounting BS - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 05.02 ACCOUNTING, CIP: 52.0301 Accounting)

Completing the Accounting BS Program

Academic Requirements

To graduate with a degree in accounting, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in upper division (300 and 400 level) management classes, as well as meet the University Degree Requirements.

Students entering UB in the spring semester should be aware of possible course sequence obstacles that will necessitate registration in summer school or waiting additional semesters to take specific courses. Please be aware that admission to the junior year in accounting occurs only in fall semesters.

Academic Advice

A BS degree in accounting does not qualify students to sit for the CPA exam. Students interested in the CPA should visit the NYS CPA website to investigate MS programs that meet the 150 credit hour requirement.

If you are an undergraduate accounting major and you wish to enhance your technical and professional skills through completion of an advanced degree in accounting or plan to pursue licensure as a certified public accountant (CPA), our Master of Science in Accounting is for you.

Transfer Credit Policy

New incoming transfer students who select business administration or accounting as their applied major will automatically have their transcripts reviewed by the School of Management. To be considered for direct admission at the lower-division or gain junior-year admission to accounting or business administration, students must meet the minimum standards before starting the junior-year curriculum.

Important note: To be eligible for the accounting or business administration majors, you must meet the minimum overall transfer GPA when entering UB.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

If you are a current UB student in a non-management major and wish to add or change your major to accounting or business administration, submit a change of major request. Your request will be reviewed by the School of Management and you will receive an email with your admission decision and instructions for making an academic advisement appointment. Please see our admissions standards for more information.

Residency Requirement

Accounting majors are expected to complete all upper-level accounting program courses at the University at Buffalo. The Accounting Department will consider a request to complete one upper-level accounting course at another school provided it is a four-year AACSB International accredited program. Students may request individual course reviews of transfer work from other four-year AACSB institutions by submitting course syllabi to the Undergraduate Academic Programs office in 204 Alfiero Center. Please remember to consult with your academic advisor about any plans to take courses outside of UB.

Prerequisite Courses

ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics
MGA 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting (minimum grade of B required)
MGA 202 Introduction to Management Accounting (minimum grade of B required)
MGQ 201 Introduction to Statistics for Analytics
MTH 131 Mathematical Analysis for Management*
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology

*Transfer students who have successfully completed a Calculus I course (MTH 121, MTH 141, or MTH 153 equivalent) prior to entering UB will be waived from MTH 131. UB students who began their studies in a major outside of the School of Management who completed MTH 121, MTH 141, or MTH 153 as part of their prior academic program will also be waived from MTH 131. Entering freshmen who have earned AP credit for MTH 141 will also be waived from MTH 131. All intended or approved School of Management majors are required to complete MTH 131.

Required Courses

MGA 301 Intermediate Financial Accounting I: Assets and Income Determination*
MGA 302 Intermediate Financial Accounting II: Equities*
MGA 311 Accounting Systems*
MGA 314 Cost Accounting*
MGA 402 Auditing**
MGA 403 Introduction to Federal Income Taxes**
MGA 404 Advanced Financial Accounting**
MGB 301 Organizational Behavior and Administration
MGE 302 Applied Economics
MGF 301 Corporation Finance
MGG 298 Career Connections I
MGG 303 Communication Literacy for Business
MGG 398 Career Connections II
MGI 301 Human Resources Management and Labor Relations for Managers
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 403 Business Law I
Finance elective (3 credits): choose from MGF 401 Financial Institutions, MGF 402 Investment Management, MGF 403 International Financial Management, MGF 405 Advanced Corporate Finance, MGF 407 Financial Derivatives and Their Markets, MGF 420 Special Topics in Finance, or MGF 439 Security Trading and Exchange Design

*MGA 301, MGA 302, MGA 311, and MGA 314 must be completed with grades of C or better to continue in the accounting program. No repeating is allowed.
** No more than two 400-level accounting courses can be taken in the same semester.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours for the Accounting BS degree
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate)85
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum36
Total Credits Required for Degree121

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.

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: Dec 05, 2019 11:40:50