Several options are available for students planning to major in accounting, but the common thread in all of them is a strong foundation for a career in accounting, other careers in business, or graduate study. There are also opportunities to earn a double major and to work on an MBA after completing an undergraduate degree. All programs lead to either a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree (B.S.B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree (B.S.A.).
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
This broad-based, 125-credit program is popular with students planning careers in fields other than public accounting or those who plan to pursue graduate study immediately after completing their bachelor’s degree. The major satisfies educational requirements to take the CMA, CFM and CIA examinations, but does not satisfy requirements for the CPA exam.
A second option for accounting majors in the B.S.B.A. is to complete a second major from Finance, Information and Decision Science, International Business, Management, or Marketing. This 150-credit program satisfies educational requirements to take all of the professional accounting certification exams.
A third option is to earn a B.S.B.A. degree with a major in Accounting followed by an MBA degree through a 5-year program. Educational requirements for all of the professional accounting certification programs are met in this program.
This 150-credit program is for students who plan to pursue a career in public accounting immediately upon graduation. It meets the educational requirements for all of the professional accounting certification programs.
Whatever option you choose, you will take courses such as:
Accounting majors also take at least one course focusing on international issues.