Obtain two degrees, both in high demand

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:

Accounting

  • Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
  • Costing methods
  • Managerial analysis
  • Auditing
  • Financial reporting

Computer Information Technology

  • Technical expertise in various aspects of IT, including designing, implementing, managing, and auditing software systems
  • Database theory
  • Data storage systems

 

Learning Goals

Students earning the dual degree in AIT will be able to:

  • Apply accounting and information technology concepts and principles to analyze and solve accounting systems issues
  • Describe and explain accounting and information technology concepts, issues, and solutions
  • Evaluate accounting and information technology issues and solve those issues with viable processes and technology
  • Evaluate, design and implement accounting information systems to meet the needs of internal and external users

Outcomes

Accounting Information Technology graduates have pursued careers as:

  • Data analysts
  • Financial analysts
  • Fraud examiners specializing in cyber crime​
  • Internal or external auditors
  • IT consultants
  • IT system auditors
  • Systems analysts
  • Tax research specialists

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.

Job Security

  • Students develop skills and expertise in demand by Big 4 accounting firms.
  • In the next four years, the United States may need 1.5 million analysts who can translate big data into information for effective decision-making, according to a study by global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
  • Potential employers exist in every sector of the economy, including large international companies regulated by the SEC and governmental agencies.
  • The growing complexity of federal tax laws and the exponential growth in occupational fraud means both the IRS and FBI consistently recruit graduates with a strong foundation in accounting and information technology

Professional Certifications

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.

Outside the Classroom

Research Projects

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

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.

Meet the Faculty

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.