Business Administration : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BS in Business Administration
Business Administration Concentrations: Financial Analysis, Human Resources Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management
Combined Degrees: BS/MBA
Graduate: MBA, MS, PhD
Minor:Management

Advisement

Academic advisement is available in the Undergraduate Academic Programs Office in 204 Alfiero Center (716-645-3206). The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed noon-1:00p.m.)

Acceptance Information

Freshmen who declare an interest in business administration will be admitted provisionally to the School of Management business administration major. In the first two years, students will complete the university writing requirements (ENG 101/ENG 201 or ENG 201/Humanities), remaining general education courses, and the seven School of Management prerequisite courses.

All provisionally admitted students go through an academic review at the end of the second semester of the sophomore year. To remain in the business administration major and be permitted to take restricted upper division (300/400-level) School of Management courses, students must satisfy the prerequisite and GPA admission criteria in the business administration BS degree chart below.

Current UB students who are intended business administration majors and students wishing to change majors to business administration will also need to satisfy these prerequisite and GPA admission criteria. Students may visit 204 Alfiero Center to declare their interest in changing to business administration and to pick up appropriate application materials. For upper division students, applications to the major should be made in the semester in which students satisfy the requirements previously stated. The application deadlines are March 1 and June 15 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission.

Students who do not meet these requirements must select another major.

Transfer Policy

Students may apply for transfer from two year and four year colleges and enter the business administration program as intended majors; they are subject to the academic review and requirements previously stated, including a minimum transfer GPA of 2.5 at time of admission to UB. Transfer students who have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours and the seven management prerequisite courses (or approved equivalents) with a minimum GPA of 2.75 are admitted to the upper division business administration program.

The following foundation courses are prerequisites to upper level courses in the major and must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.75: introductory psychology, computer applications and statistics, accounting principles I, accounting principles II, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and business calculus/calculus I. The normal requirements for a transfer student to petition for course equivalencies for MGA 201 and MGA 202, Introduction to Accounting I and II, is the successful completion of two semesters of accounting courses, including financial and managerial accounting. Upper level management related courses should be deferred until the junior or senior year at the university.

All admissions decisions and other policies and regulations established by the School of Management are subject to review by the written petition procedures.

Business Administration - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Students may apply for admission to the business administration BS when they enter the university as freshmen, transfer students, or later in their academic careers. To remain in the business administration major and to be permitted to take restricted upper-level (300/400 level) School of Management courses, students must satisfy the following requirements:

1. Successful completion of the seven management prerequisite courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the seven courses. 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.

2. Minimum overall UB GPA (including transfer credits) of 2.5.

3. Junior standing (completion of 60 credits.)

Advising Notes

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

Students entering in the spring semester should be aware of possible course sequence problems that may necessitate registration in summer school or waiting additional semesters to take specific courses.

The AACSB International standards mandate that an undergraduate curriculum should have a general education component that makes up at least 50 percent of the student's four-year program. Up to 9 credit hours of economics and up to 6 credit hours of statistics may be counted toward AACSB's 50 percent rule. In addition to the allowable 9 credits of economics and 6 credits of statistics (included in the business administration curriculum), all students must complete at least 45 credit hours of non-business, non-economics, and non-statistics credit hours to satisfy the 50 percent rule.

Free elective credit ranges from 8 to 15 hours in the junior and senior years depending upon the concentration selected.

Prerequisite Courses

ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics
MGA 201 Introduction to Accounting I
MGA 202 Introduction to Accounting II
MGQ 201 Introduction to Computers and Statistics
MTH 131 Mathematical Analysis for Management*
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology

*Transfer students who have successfully completed a Calculus I (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

MGB 301 Organizational Behavior and Administration
MGE 302 Applied Economics
MGF 301 Corporation Finance
MGG 300 Career Strategies, Planning, and Management
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 401 Public Policy, Law and Management
Three to six management concentration courses or general management electives
Completion of 45 AACSB elective credit hours

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major85
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed27
Additional Credits Required for Electives8
Total Credits Required for Degree120

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall ECO 181*, ENG 101 or ENG 201**, MTH 131*, UGC 111
Spring ECO 182*, ENG 201 or Humanities Gen Ed**, PSY 101*, UGC 112, AACSB elective (3 credits)

SECOND YEAR
Fall MGA 201*, MGQ 201*, UGC 211 or American Pluralism Cognate, Natural Sciences (first semester course), AACSB elective (1 credit)
Spring MGA 202*, Natural Sciences (second semester course), Arts Gen Ed, AACSB elective (3 credits), AACSB elective (3 credits)

THIRD YEAR
Fall MGQ 301, MGS 351, MGB 301, MGG 300, AACSB elective (3 credits)
Spring MGF 301, MGI 301, MGM 301, MGO 302, AACSB elective or Free elective (3 credits)

FOURTH YEAR
Fall MGT 401, MGE 302, Management concentration elective, Management concentration elective, Management concentration elective or Free elective** *
Spring MGO 403, Management concentration elective, Management concentration elective or Free elective** *, Free elective (Internship recommended), Free elective

*One of the seven School of Management prerequisite courses.
**Students placed into ENG 101 should take ENG 101 in the fall semester and ENG 201 in the spring semester. Students placed into ENG 201 should take ENG 201 in the fall semester and a Humanities Gen Ed in the spring semester.
***The number of management electives varies depending upon the concentration selected.

Students need to pay special attention to the AACSB elective requirement.

Business Administration Concentrations

Note: A concentration/elective course cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of more than one concentration.

FINANCIAL ANALYSIS CONCENTRATION - 4 courses required
MGA 306 Financial Reporting and Analysis
MGF 405 Advanced Corporate Finance
MGF 402 Investment Management
One of the following: MGF 401 Financial Institutions, MGF 403 International Financial Management, MGF 407 Financial Derivatives and Their Markets or MGF 420 Special Topics in Finance

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION - 3 courses required
MGI 415 Human Resources Strategy, Development, and Implementation
Two of the following: MGI 416 Talent Management, MGI 417 Performance Management and Rewards, or MGB 425 Power and Influence in Organizations
MGI 496 Internship


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CONCENTRATION - 3-5 courses required
Three of the following: GEO 330 Dynamics of International Business, GEO 333 Bases of World Commerce, GEO 334 International Environments and Commercial Problems, MGF 403 International Financial Management, MGM 483 International Marketing
Two semester proficiency in a foreign language

MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS CONCENTRATION - 6 courses required
CSE 113 Introduction to Computer Science I or CSE 115 Introduction to Computer Science for Majors I
MGS 314 Applied Business Programming
MGS 402 Telecommunications Technology
MGS 404 Database Management Systems
MGS 405 Systems Analysis and Design
MGS 425 Management of IT Projects

MARKETING CONCENTRATION - 3 courses required
MGM 403 Marketing Research
Two of the following: MGM 402 Selling and Sales Force Management, MGM 404 Consumer Behavior, MGM 405 Seminar in Marketing, MGM 406 Product and Brand Management, MGM 409 Advertising and Promotion, MGM 483 International Marketing

OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT - 3 courses required
MGO 303 Supply Chain & Logistics Management
MGO 304 Service Operations & Extreme Events Management
Plus one of the following courses: MGO 330 Entrepreneurship, MGO 450 Business Forecasting, MGB 425 Power & Influence in Organizations, IE 409 Six Sigma Quality, IE 408 Quality Assurance, IE 460 Lean Enterprise & Industrial Applications

Business Administration - B.S / M.B.A

About the Program

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 degree, the student completes no less than 30 graduate hours (excluding waivers) for the MBA degree. The BS and the MBA degrees are conferred upon completion of the MBA courses at the end of the fifth year.

Advising Notes

Students can complete MGM 615, MGB 610, and MGO 640 as part of the MBA core rather than the corresponding undergraduate level courses (MGM 301, MGB 301, and MGO 403.) Students who apply and are admitted to the BS/MBA business administration program are advised to choose MGT 640 as an elective at the graduate level to satisfy the MGT 401 requirement and will need to take MGE 302 during the summer after junior year. It may also be necessary for BS/MBA students to enroll in summer courses if behind on general education or AACSB electives. See the Advising Notes section in the business administration BS degree chart for more information about AACSB elective requirements.

Students must be accepted to the business administration BS program, per the guidelines outlined above, before applying for the BS/MBA program. Application to the BS/MBA program is very competitive. Please contact the Graduate Programs Office in 203 Alfiero for information on the BS/MBA program, including admission standards.

Prerequisite Courses

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

*Transfer students who have successfully completed a Calculus I (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 603 Financial Accounting for Managers
MGA 605 Accounting for Management Decision Making
MGB 301 Organizational Behavior and Administration or MGB 610 Organizational Behavior
MGB 611 Team Skills
MGE 302 Applied Economics
MGE 604 Business Economics
MGF 301 Corporation Finance
MGF 611 Financial Analysis for Managers
MGG 300 Career Planning, Strategies, and Management
MGG 601 Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability
MGG 635 Business Communications
MGI 301 Human Resources Management and Labor Relations for Managers
MGM 301 Principles of Marketing or MGM 615 Marketing for Managers
MGO 302 Production and Operations Management
MGO 403 Fundamentals of Strategic Management or MGO 640 Business Strategy
MGO 620 Operations Management
MGO 642 Integration of Business Functions
MGO 644 Business Practice
MGQ 301 Statistical Decisions in Management
MGQ 608 Statistical Analysis for Managers
MGQ 609 Analytics for Managers
MGS 351 Introduction to Management Information Systems
MGS 605 IT Management
MGT 401 Public Policy, Law and Management or MGT 640 Legal Aspects of Business Management
Internship
Nine MBA electives

Combined Degree Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate)76
Credits Required for Major (Graduate)54
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed27
Additional Credits Required for Electives0
Total Credits Required for Degree157


See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Business Administration BS/MBA

FIRST YEAR
Fall ECO 181*, ENG 101 or ENG 201**, MTH 131*, UGC 111
Spring ECO 182*, ENG 201 or Humanities Gen Ed**, PSY 101*, UGC 112, AACSB elective (3 credits)

SECOND YEAR
Fall MGA 201*, MGQ 201, Natural Science 1*, UGC 211 or American Pluralism Cognate, Natural Sciences (first semester course), AACSB elective (1 credit)
Spring MGA 202*, Natural Science (second semester course), Arts Gen Ed, AACSB electives elective (3 credits), AACSB elective (3 credits)

THIRD YEAR
Fall MGQ 301, MGB 301 (or MGB 610, in the MBA program), MGS 351, MGG 300 (2 credits), AACSB elective
Spring MGO 302, MGI 301, MGF 301, MGM 301, free elective
Summer MGE 302

Students must complete university general education requirements, complete 45 credits outside of business, economics, and statistics (AACSB electives), and 90 undergraduate credit hours prior to starting the MBA courses in the fourth year.

FOURTH YEAR
Fall MGG 635, MGB 611, MGA 603, MGF 611, MGG 601, MGM 615, MGQ 608, MGQ 609
Spring MGA 605, MGE 604, MGO 620, MGO 640, MGS 605, and two MGT or concentration electives

FIFTH YEAR
Fall Five MGT or concentration electives
Spring MGO 642, MGO 644, four MGT electives or concentration courses (may include internship)

*One of the seven School of Management prerequisite courses.
**Students placed into ENG 101 should take ENG 101 in the fall semester and ENG 201 in the spring semester. Students placed into ENG 201 should take ENG 201 in the fall semester and a Humanities Gen Ed in the spring semester.

Students need to pay special attention to the AACSB elective requirement.

Updated: 22 Apr 2014 06:01:36 EDT