Undergraduate Programs

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A Good Career Choice

Career opportunities are especially diverse for Accounting majors. Internships can help students differentiate between career paths and crystallize career objectives. The experience in and exposure to real accounting systems, service learning projects (e.g., Volunteer Income Tax Assistance project) and problems are often motivating factors, leading to the completion of coursework with a clearer concept of the relationship between academic pursuits and professional development.

In our college pursuing an accounting major gives you a choice for your professional career path: public or private accounting

  • budget analysis
  • financial accounting
  • management accounting
  • tax accounting
  • auditing


You also can choose to pursue prestigious and valuable professional certifications:


What to Expect

During your freshman year as an accounting student, the courses you will take will be predominantly devoted to the University Core Curriculum. Completing these courses initially is important because it provides a great foundation to develop your critical thinking skills, teamwork, understanding cultural demographics, societal differences and political perceptions. 

You will also start the Student Professional Development Program (SPDP), which will provide you with the tools necessary to be successful in the job market. 

In your sophomore year, you will take courses to prepare you for your major. You will be exposed to macro and micro economics, be introduced to the principles of accounting and learn about business communications. By the end of this year, you should be prepared to begin courses directly in your major, complete the SPDP and begin thinking about which Immersion Experience opportunity you will explore. 

As a sophomore you want to start exploring more about the various certifications available for your major and start looking for possible internships. Speak with your Academic Advisor about your career options and register and explore the Handshake website for internship opportunities. 

In your junior year, you will apply for admission into the College of Business Administration program, complete your BUSCORE requirement courses and start courses in your major. The accounting program is a rigorous program. Keep in mind many of your courses will be offered fall or spring only. It is important you take these courses seriously to avoid any delay in graduation, as each of these courses may be a prerequisite for the next. The core accounting courses to complete during your junior year are: ACCT 3308, ACCT 3311, ACCT 3312, and ACCT 3314. 

The first semester of your senior year, you will apply for graduation with your Academic Advisor. Fall graduates will meet with their advisor in October. Spring and Summer graduates will meet with their advisor in April. 

During your senior year, you will take a capstone course, MGMT 4390 Strategic Management Global Business Environment. In capstone all CBA majors will work together on a final senior project. You will also be required to prepare and take the Major Field Test (MFT). 

The Major Field Test (MFT) is an innovative undergraduate outcome assessment designed to measure the basic knowledge and understanding achieved by students in a major field of study (business). Test results enable the College of Business Administration to better assess and refine curricula, and gauge the progress of students compared to others in the program and those in similar programs at schools throughout the country. All MFTs are proctored, multiple choice exams designed to assess mastery of concepts and principles as well as knowledge expected of you at the conclusion of a business major in specific subject areas. There is a $25 fee for this exam.

150 Credit Options for Accounting Majors desiring to take the CPA Examination

Students planning to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam should consult with the College of Business Administration academic advisor in CBA Rm. 112 to arrange an appropriate degree plan.

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