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

Business Administration BS/Management Information Systems MS

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Admission Criteria

  • Complete prerequisite courses
  • Minimum 2.500 prerequisite GPA
  • Minimum UB GPA of 3.250 
  • Minimum overall GPA 3.250
  • Minimum major GPA 3.250
  • 60 earned credit hours by end of the second year and 90 hours by end of the third year

Current UB students seeking admission to the Business Administration BS should submit the Major Change Request form.

Undergraduate Course Requirements

Management Information Systems Concentration Requirement (16 credits)

Graduate Course Requirements

Management Information Systems Core (21 credits):

  • MGG 503 - Introduction to Business
  • MGQ 606 - Statistical Foundations of Analytics
  • MGS 607 - Technology and Innovation Management
  • MGS 616 - Predictive Analytics
  • MGS 625 - Management of IT Projects
  • MGS 649 - MS Practicum (variable credits)
  • MGS 655 - Distributed Computing and Big Data Technologies

Management Information Systems Electives (12 credits)

  • MGS 602LEC - Global IT Infrastructure Management
  • MGS 611LEC - Global Distribution Systems
  • MGS 632LEC - Seminar in Health Information Systems
  • MGS 634LEC - Integrative approaches to Healthcare Management
  • MGS 640LEC - IT Risk Management
  • MGS 641LEC - Advanced IT Risk Management
  • MGS 642LEC - IS Auditing for IT Managers
  • MGS 647TUT - Supervised Research
  • MGS 650LEC - Information Assurance
  • MGS 651LEC - Managing Computer Networks
  • MGS 653LEC - Social Network Analytics
  • MGS 657LEC - Online Analytical Processing: Data Warehousing
  • MGS 659LEC - Web Analytics and Optimization Techniques for eCommerce
  • MGS 662LEC - Optimization Methods for Machine Learning


Not all graduate electives are offered every semester and not all graduate courses are three credit hours each.

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 77

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 150 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduate Degree: 33

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 150

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.

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 2.0 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.

Transfer Credit Policy

Courses at the upper division (300 and 400 level) must be taken from other four-year AACSB Accredited Institutions. Students are expected to complete all graduate level coursework for this program at the University at Buffalo.

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.

Total Credits: 15

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 16

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 13

Fifth Year Fall

  • MGS 607LEC - Technology & Innovation Mgmt Credits: 3
  • MGQ 606LEC - Statistical Analytics Credits: 3
  • MGS 655LEC - Distribtd Computing & Big Data Credits: 3
  • MG 600 Level elective from approved list Credits: 3
  • MG 600 Level elective from approved list Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fifth Year Spring

  • MGS 616LEC - Predictive Analytics Credits: 3
  • MGS 625LEC - Management of IT Projects Credits: 3
  • MGG 503LEC - Introduction to Business Credits: 3
  • MGS 649SEM - MS Practicum
  • MG 600 Level elective from approved list Credits: 3
  • MG 600 Level elective from approved list Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits Required: 150

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

Learning Outcomes

Our Undergraduate and Graduate 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 programs 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 such as the School of Management’s Dean’s Advisory Council and recruiters of our students.

Employers seek future leaders like you with advanced knowledge to identify problems and leverage technology to develop solutions in any business worldwide and that is what you will be prepared to do upon completion of this combined program. You will gain the strong analytical skills, academic training and practical experience and expertise using tools that employers are seeking in their ideal candidates. At the graduate level, you will choose the analytics or information systems track which arms you with the knowledge, skills, and tools to launch your career.


(HEGIS: 05.06 BUSINESS MGT & ADMINISTR, CIP52.0201 Business Administration and Management, General)


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