This unique 150-hour course of study is one of the few undergraduate programs in the country in which students earn a combined BBA in Accounting and a BA in Computer Information Technology.
With the exponential growth of technology and the increasing demand for accountants, the combined degrees are extremely marketable to employers. The program connects students directly with Austin's business and technology ecosystem.
Accounting Information Technology (AIT) graduates qualify for positions as systems analysts, IT consultants, IT auditors, financial analysts and fraud examiners specializing in cybercrime. The combined AIT degrees can lead to licensure as a CPA. In this program students learn:
Job responsibilities can include evaluating IT controls, data integrity, and security to assure accounting information is accurate and reliable. With adequate experience, an AIT graduate may be able to move into a position as a liaison who interfaces with accounting, IT and upper-level management.
With an AIT degree, students are prepared for a wide range of professional certifications, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and others. Find more information about Professional Certifications here.
Students in both Accounting and IT courses can collaborate with professors on research projects and present their work at a number of local and regional conferences. In the past, students have presented at SOURCE, the on-campus undergraduate research forum, and at professional accounting conferences, including the American Accounting Association’s annual and southwest regional meetings.
Internships allow students to clarify their career goals, gain valuable on-the-job training and network with potential employers. Students completing internships have the opportunity to qualify their experience for academic credit as part of the required hours in their AIT degree plans.
Faculty members have developed close, working relationships with local, regional and national CPA firms, as well as with for-profit and non-profit businesses. This allows faculty to help connect students to the right people and mentor students throughout the application and interview process.
Our Accounting faculty members have direct experience in the profession as auditors, tax practitioners, business consultants and government agency administrators, as well as extensive experience in teaching and research. In addition to holding licenses as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), some faculty members hold other professional credentials, including Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). These additional certifications indicate specialization in the various teaching areas.
Our Computer Information Technology faculty have decades of experience in both the private and public sectors. Their responsibilities have included database management, software application design and consulting for process improvements. The faculty have developed academic courses ensuring students gain knowledge of and experience with ever-changing technologies.