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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting BS

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Accounting is at the core of nearly every institution and organization-from your favorite sports teams and bands to nonprofit groups and Fortune 500 companies. If you want the financial expertise and big-picture business perspective to help organizations make smarter decisions and make a difference, even in uncertain times, this is the program for you. And if you like giving back and being at the center of it all-and you want a flexible, highly respected career that can take you virtually anywhere-then accounting might be the perfect fit.

Visit the Accounting academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the School of Management page  for contact information, a brief overview of the school and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

  • Complete prerequisite courses
  • Minimum B grades in MGA 201 and MGA 202
  • Minimum 3.000 prerequisite GPA
  • Minimum UB GPA of 3.000
  • Minimum overall GPA 3.000
  • 60 earned credit hours

Current UB students seeking admission to the Accounting BA should submit the Major Change Request form.

Course Requirements


*MGA 301 , MGA 302 , MGA 311 , and MGA 312  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 Credits Required for Major: 85

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

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

Academic Requirements

  • Students must successfully complete the seven prerequisite courses to be permitted to take the required courses for the major and meet the stated minimum admission requirements (minimum B grades in MGA 201  and MGA 202 , 3.000 prerequisite GPA, 3.000 UB GPA, 3.000 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.
  • C or better grades are required in MGA 301 , MGA 311 , MGA 302 , and MGA 312   to continue to the 400 level accounting courses. 
  • 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. Please be aware that admission to graduate programs will require a much higher GPA.

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

Courses at the upper division (300 and 400 level) must be taken from other four-year AACSB Accredited Institutions. Accounting majors are expected to complete all required accounting program courses at the University at Buffalo. The Accounting Department will consider a request to complete one required accounting course at another four-year AACSB International accredited institution. Consult with your academic advisor about any plans to take courses outside of UB.

Program Honors

Third-years with exemplary first and second-year records and high promise for leadership and independent study, may be eligible for the School of Management honors program. Students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.500 to be eligible to apply. Admitted students complete 9 additional credit hours of coursework over three semesters, including MGB 359 , 6  “Flex Credits”, MGB 360 , MGB 361 , and must take the designated honors section of MGO 403 . Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 14 or 15

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 16

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

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. Learning outcomes for the program are determined and continuously updated through discussion with the faculty group responsible for delivery of the courses in the program, as well as external stakeholders of the program, such as the Accounting Advisory Council of the department and recruiters of our students. In this program, students will develop proficiency in four key skill areas:

  • recording, analyzing and interpreting information for external and internal use
  • risk assessment, audit processes and responsibilities of accountants
  • management and assessment of data and information technology
  • tax principles, strategy and compliance

Upon the completion of this program, students will be able to apply critical thinking skills, ethical standards and relevant accounting principles to unstructured problems. Students will also be able to communicate effectively in professional accounting settings.


(HEGIS: 05.02 ACCOUNTING, CIP52.0301 Accounting)


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