Earn a degree with 360 degrees of possibilities
Students in the Accounting program gain the technical expertise and critical thinking skills to succeed in some of the most diverse and challenging job opportunities in the business world.
Nearly every profitable venture and critical business decision requires experienced, qualified accountants. It is no wonder the American Institute of CPAs describes Accounting as "the one degree with 360 degrees of possibilities."
The Accounting program emphasizes ethical practice, and as students learn and grow in their skillset, they view accounting theory and methods through this lens.
Students who earn a bachelor’s degree 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
Combined with experience and credentials such as a CPA, the degree can set graduates on a path toward careers such as a controller, entrepreneur, CFO and CEO.
Major Requirements: The BBA in Accounting requires 66 hours of major coursework.
General Education Requirements: All majors require 44 hours of general education that students complete over the course of four years, in addition to their major courses.
A few examples of the Accounting courses students take:
- Federal Tax – Learn to identify tax issues, understand and apply tax law, prepare tax filings and conduct professional research.
- Audit – Get introduced to the theory, concepts and principles of auditing. The course will emphasize audit evidence, audit risk, ethical conduct and legal restrictions, professional standards, audit planning, data analytics and audit reports.
- Accounting Internship – Gain course credit and accounting experience, and make connections between classroom theory and its application in professional practice.
Take advantage of a mini-mester option, allowing you to work full-time in an internship, stay on track for your degree and complete additional courses in a compressed time-frame.
The mini-mester option includes a co-requisite of a six-credit hour internship (at least 240 hours of work in a public accounting environment), followed by two three-credit hour courses in a compressed mini-mester. These three-credit hour courses include Legal Environment of Business for Accountants and Accounting Ethics and are offered from mid-April until the end of the spring semester.
View the full degree plan for our Accounting major (Option 1 – Traditional course sequencing).
View the full degree plan for our Accounting major (Option 2 – Full-time internship and mini-mester sequencing).
Speak with your advisor to determine which of these options is a better fit for your academic and career objectives.
Credentials and Advanced Degrees
Companies frequently look for CEOs with a strong foundation in accounting because these candidates understand the financial consequences of business decisions.
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).
To earn a CPA credential, students must:
- Meet with an Accounting faculty advisor early on to make sure their degree plan will satisfy CPA requirements.
- Complete 150 semester credit hours in specific, approved academic courses (the minimum required to sit for the Texas CPA exam). All Accounting courses meet the requirements of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.
St. Edward’s University undergraduate Accounting majors can seamlessly transition to the 30-hour Master of Accounting program after their junior year.
Our Faculty and Student Support Services
Our Accounting faculty members bring experience in the accounting profession – as auditors, tax practitioners, business consultants and government administrators – to their instruction and research. They teach students a combination of qualitative, quantitative and ethical reasoning skills that prepare them for the global economy.
In addition to holding the CPA license, many of the faculty members hold credentials such as Certified Fraud Examiner and Chartered Global Management Accountant.
"Our goal is to help students develop into accounting professionals. In addition to teaching them the curriculum necessary to succeed on the CPA exam, we emphasize ethical practice and strong professional communication skills."
– Louise Single, chair of the Accounting Department
Student Support Services
Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage of these resources that help them excel:
- Academic counseling and advising
- Supplemental instruction and tutoring
- Career preparation and advising
- Writing Center consultation
- Health and wellness counseling
- Student disability support
Outside the Classroom
The Accounting Department has close connections with the Austin business community. Students obtain internships at Big Four and local accounting firms, collaborate with faculty to conduct research and provide accounting services to community members in need.
Students in the program can take advantage of internship opportunities with Big 4 accounting firms (Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC), regional and local firms, and Austin-area business and government organizations. These employers recruit students on campus during the Job and Internship Fair and the Accounting Career Fair.
Students can take internships for academic credit, as part of the required hours for the major. The internship course is structured to meet requirements set by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) for the CPA exam.
Our faculty actively engage in research, and students can gain experience working with faculty to conduct research, write and co-present papers at professional conferences. Undergraduate students have co-presented at the American Accounting Association’s annual and southwest regional meetings.
Each fall, the Accounting Department hosts an Accounting Student Retreat for students to network with community professionals, learn more about internships and certifications, and gain tips for passing the CPA exam.
The Accounting Club promotes the study and practice of accounting by providing students with opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals.
Accounting graduates discover job opportunities in every industry, in nearly every location across the globe. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of accountants and auditors will grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Job titles our Accounting graduates can take on include:
- Corporate accountant
- Budget analyst
- Tax advisor
- Business development consultant
- Fraud examiner
- Governmental accountant
Dani Barcellona ’16, MACT ’17, knew weeks into her first Accounting course that she had found the right fit for her major and eventual career. During her time at St. Edward’s University, she balanced internships with trips abroad.
Upon graduation, Dani moved to San Francisco to begin a full-time audit associate position with KPMG.
"Any time I had doubts about how I was doing in class or what I wanted to do in life, or even some abstract idea that I wanted to discuss with someone, I could always turn to my professors for advice," she said.
Read about other successful alumni, and see what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.
A minor in Accounting can be useful for students in almost any discipline because accounting plays a role in nearly every type of organization.
- ACCT 2301 – Principles of Accounting I
- ACCT 2303 – Principles of Accounting II
- ACCT 3331 – Intermediate Accounting I
- ACCT 3332 – Intermediate Accounting II
- ACCT 3333 – Cost Accounting
- ACCT 3334 – Federal Taxation
- ACCT 4346 – Accounting Information Systems
Total Hours: 21
Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.
Creating International Connections
Zachary Riola ’17 participated in KPMG’s highly competitive Global Internship Program and spent a month in Christchurch, New Zealand, working with international teams on major client accounts.