The degree with 360 degrees of possibilities

Every successful enterprise, every profitable venture, and every critical business decision requires experienced, qualified accountants. A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting opens doors to a challenging, secure and financially rewarding career in every facet of the business world.

Students in this program will gain technical expertise, develop critical thinking skills, and graduate ready for entry-level positions such as auditors, budget analysts or staff accountants. A BBA degree in Accounting, combined with experience and credentials such as a CPA, can set graduates on a path toward careers such as Controller, CFO and frequently CEO. Some even choose to start their own business. No wonder the American Institute of CPAs describes accounting as “the one degree with 360 degrees of possibilities.”

This degree is a good option if you are:
  • A strong analytical thinker and problem solver
  • An excellent communicator
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Savvy with technology
  • Ethical, with a strong sense of values
  • As with all programs at St. Edward's University, the New College Accounting program emphasizes the core value of ethical practice.

Degree Plan

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the New College Bulletin (course catalog).

REQUIRED COURSES FOR MAJOR (57 CREDIT HOURS):

  • Principles of Accounting I
  • Principles of Accounting II
  • Business Statistics
  • Legal and Social Environment of Business
  • Business Communication
  • Strategic Management
  • Microeconomic Principles
  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Principles of Management
  • Operations Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Cost Accounting
  • Federal Taxation
  • Governmental Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Accounting Information Systems

SUPPORT COURSES FOR MAJOR (6 CREDIT HOURS):

  • Quantitative Applications Software for PCs
  • Precalculus or higher

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (UP TO 39 CREDIT HOURS)

MISSION COURSES (UP TO 13 CREDIT HOURS)

Consult an admission coordinator for credit transfer options.

Getting Your CPA

Earning a CPA credential:
  • All accounting courses meet the requirements of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy to sit for the CPA exam in Texas
  • You must meet with an Accounting faculty advisor early on to make sure your degree plan will satisfy CPA requirements
  • 150 semester credit hours in specific, approved academic courses are the minimum required to sit for the Texas CPA exam
  • BBA Accounting majors can seamlessly transition to the 30-hour MACT degree
  • Students may be co-enrolled in the BBA and MACT degree programs after completion of their junior year

Learning Goals

Students who earn their Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting will be able to:
  • Apply generally accepted accounting principles to financial data
  • Apply individual income tax regulations to specific tax issues
  • Understand cost terminology and apply cost accounting techniques to managerial accounting data
  • Identify current, required audit practices and procedures
  • Apply appropriate accounting information theory and technology in diverse business situations

Outcomes

A BBA degree in Accounting provides a graduate with some of the most diverse and challenging job opportunities in the business world.

Jobs available to Accounting graduates include:
  • Staff accountant
  • Budget analyst
  • Auditor
  • External auditor
  • Internal auditor
  • Tax advisor
  • Contracting specialist
  • Budget analyst
  • Payroll accountant
  • Bank examiner
  • Bank loan officer
  • Fraud examiner

Companies frequently choose CEOs with a strong foundation in accounting and finance because of their understanding of the financial consequences of business decisions and strategic initiatives. Career advancement generally requires attaining professional credentials such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018.

Meet the Faculty

Accounting faculty members have experience in the accounting profession as auditors, tax practitioners, business consultants, and administrators of governmental agencies. They also have extensive experience as college professors and researchers. In addition to holding licenses such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), many hold professional credentials such as Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

This combination of professional and teaching experience, coupled with professional credentials ensure students get the most out of education at St. Edward's University. 

About the Minor

A minor in Accounting can be useful for students in almost any discipline, because accounting plays a role in nearly every type of organization.

Students may minor in accounting by completing the following*:
  • Principles of Accounting I and II
  • Principles of Accounting Intermediate I and II
  • Cost
  • Federal Taxation
  • Accounting Information Systems
*Introduction to Information Systems and Pre-Calculus are prerequisites for these courses