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 Accounting program emphasizes our core value of ethical practice.

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
  • Apply here for the five-year integrated BBA/MACT degree program (all applicants must be currently enrolled in the undergraduate BBA program at St. Edward's University)

 

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. For example, through a connection with a mentor she found as part of her business communications class, Sonia Bellah ’04, obtained an internship with the IRS - Criminal Investigation. This experience allowed her to shadow special agents, participate in interviews, and analyze financial records and other evidence. The experience was rewarding for Bellah, who was able to find her calling and secure a permanent special agent position after graduation.

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

Outside the Classroom

Accounting courses provide experiential learning activities, including:
  • Service activities such as preparing reports for low-income school districts in Texas or volunteering to assist low-income families with their tax returns
  • Participating in national case competitions like the International Business Ethics Case Competition
  • Working with faculty members to conduct research, and to write and co-present papers at professional conferences. Undergraduate students have been co-presenters with Accounting faculty at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association and at the southwest regional meeting of the American Accounting Association
  • Internships

Students can take advantage of internship opportunities made available through the Accounting program's close working relationships with the Austin-area's business and government organizations. The program is also affiliated with regional and national CPA firms. Students can take internships for academic credit as part of the required hours for the major. St. Edward’s University internship courses are structured to meet Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) requirements to sit for the CPA exam.

Visit the Accounting Department for a detailed description of requirements and advising for internships for academic credit.

Professional Certifications

Professional certifications in accounting, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), are granted by independent bodies. For detailed information on professional certifications, visit the Accounting Department.

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), they also have other professional credentials such as Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). These additional certifications indicate specialization in the areas in which faculty members teach. The combination of faculty members’ business and academic experience, plus professional certification ensures Accounting majors are well-prepared to be successful after graduation.

About the Accounting 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:
  • ACCT 2301 & 2303 - Principles of Acct I & II 
  • ACCT 3331 & 3332 - Intermediate I and II 
  • ACCT 3333 - Cost Accounting 
  • ACCT 3334 - Federal Taxation 
  • ACCT 4346 - Accounting Information Systems