Get 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 unbeatable. The program takes full advantage of the connections The Bill Munday School of Business has with the Austin-area ecosystem in business and technology.
In this program students learn:
- Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
- Costing methods
- Managerial analysis
- 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
AIT graduates qualify for positions including systems analysts, IT consultants, IT auditors, financial analysts, and fraud examiners specializing in cyber crime. The combined AIT degrees can lead to licensure as a CPA.
Certain other fields of study can enhance the AIT degree. Students who want a career focused on financial analysis and predictions (such as at a Wall Street brokerage firm or a large international bank) might want to enroll in additional courses in mathematics and data analytics.
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
Roles for AIT graduates
- Financial analysts
- Data analysts
- Systems analysts
- Internal or external auditors
- Tax research specialists
- IT system auditors
- IT consultants
- Fraud examiners specializing in cyber crime
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 among accounting, IT, and upper-level management.
- Students will 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 analyze big data into information for effective decision-making, according to a study by global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company
- Potential employers are 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 exponential growth in occupational fraud means both the IRS and FBI consistently recruit graduates with a strong foundation in accounting and information technology
With an AIT degree, you are prepared for a wide range of professional certifications such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and others. Find more information about Professional Certifications here.
Outside the Classroom
Students will have opportunities to collaborate with professors on research projects and the chance to present for the on-campus undergraduate research forum known as SOURCE. There are also opportunities to present at professional accounting conferences, such as the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association and the southwest regional meeting of the American Accounting Association. Both accounting and IT courses may involve student-faculty research projects.
Internships are an important part of the educational experience and help students gain valuable on-the-job training. Close working relationships with local, regional, and national CPA firms, as well as for-profit and non-profit businesses allow faculty to align internship opportunities with a student's interests. Professors help students connect with the right people and also gladly mentor students throughout the internship application and interview process. Students completing internships have the opportunity to qualify for academic credit as part of the required hours in their AIT degree plans. The internship course is structured to meet the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) requirements. Find additional information about internship requirements here.
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, they also have other professional credentials such as Certified Fraud Examiner and Chartered Global Management Accountant. 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 assures accounting majors are well-prepared for success after graduation.
The Computer Information Technology faculty has decades of experience with a wide variety of private and public sector entities. Their responsibilities have included data base management, software application design, and consulting for process improvements. The faculty also has many years of experience teaching and developing academic courses that assure students gain knowledge of ever-changing technologies.