Accounting- 5-Year Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science

The James Benjamin Department of Accounting offers a combined 5-year, AACSB-accredited (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) Professional Program in Accounting. Professional Program graduates receive a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting and a Master of Science degree within a variety of business disciplines. Students must apply for admission and be accepted into the Professional Program to be eligible.  

The objectives of the Professional Program include developing sound conceptual, technical, analytical and communication skills that are required for success in the accounting profession. Many accounting graduates are employed by public accounting firms that provide assurance, tax and other services to all types of organizations. Other accounting graduates pursue careers with business firms and financial institutions, within all levels of government, and as accounting educators.

Upper Level Entry Requirements

Admission to the upper level major of accounting requires satisfactory completion of specific coursework. To review requirements and application procedures see Upper-Level Entry Requirements and Application Procedures.

Lower-Level Business Program (BUAD) 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
MATH 140 Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 1 3
American history 2 3
Communication 3
Select one of the following:
 
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Composition and Rhetoric  
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 3
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3 3
American history 2 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Life and physical sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
ACCT 229 Introductory Accounting 3
ECON 203 Principles of Economics 3
ISTM 210 Fundamentals of Information Systems 3
POLS 206 American National Government 2 3
Communication 3
Select one of the following:
 
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Composition and Rhetoric  
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ACCT 230 Introductory Accounting 3
MGMT 211 Legal and Social Environment of Business 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 2 3
Creative arts 3
Life and physical sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours60

Management Information Systems: Students intending to major in Management Information Systems must add ISTM 250 Business Programming Logic and Design (3 credits) to sophomore year curriculum in Business (lower level). The creative arts elective or a communication elective can be taken during the junior year.

Business Honors: Students admitted to Business Honors must add (1) BUSN 125 Business Learning Community I (3 credits) to the freshman year curriculum and (2) BUSN 225 Business Competency (3 credits) to the sophomore year curriculum in Business (lower level). The creative arts elective and a communication elective can be taken during the junior year.

Finance: Students intending to major in Finance must add FINC 210 to freshman year curriculum in Business (lower-level).  The general elective taken in the senior year can be reduced by 1 credit.

Upper-Level Accounting Program

Plan of Study Grid
Third Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ACCT 327 Financial Reporting I 3
FINC 341 Business Finance 3
MKTG 321 Marketing 3
SCMT 303 Statistical Methods 3
International elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ACCT 321 Professional Development Seminar 2
ACCT 328 Financial Reporting II 3
ACCT 329 Cost Management and Analysis 3
ACCT 421 Critical Communication Skills for Accountants 2 2
MGMT 363 Managing People in Organizations 3
SCMT 364 Operations Management 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
ACCT 405 Income Tax 3
ACCT 427 Accounting and Financial Information Systems 3
MGMT 212 Business Law 3 3
General Electives 4 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ACCT 407 Auditing 2 3
MGMT 466 Strategic Management 5 3
International elective 1 3
General elective 4 5
 Semester Credit Hours14
Fifth Year
Fall
Graduate Coursework 6 18
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
Graduate Coursework 6 18
 Semester Credit Hours18
 Total Semester Credit Hours96
Master of Science Degree Requirements36
Business Application Modeling 7
International Accounting 7
Financial Statement Analysis 7
Accounting Ethics
Development of Accounting Thought 7
Professional Internship
Track courses 8

No more than 33 hours of accounting courses may be applied toward the undergraduate degree.

See Department of Accounting advisors for more information on the requirements to sit for the CPA examination.

The program includes a total of 156 hours which up to 6 hours could be applied toward both the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and the Master of Science.

Total Program Hours 156