Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

The accounting program is designed to provide the foundation-level technical and analytical accounting knowledge and skills needed to become a professional in the accounting field and to pursue a fifth (graduate) year of accounting study. The primary emphasis of the program is preparation for students who wish to apply for admission to the MPA program. In addition, the program is designed to provide appropriate preparation for entry-level positions in business and for graduate study in law or other business fields. Accountants today are expected to participate extensively in the general area of business management. The profession of accountancy is becoming increasingly divergent, encompassing such areas as financial and operational auditing, management advisory services, operations research, information systems development and assurance, financial reporting, corporate tax planning, and cost analysis and control.

The B.B.A. in accounting focuses on broad business and accounting exposure based on a sound foundation of general education.

In recognition of the advisability of acquiring a broadly based education in liberal arts and general business subjects, as well as the necessity of a thorough foundation in the highly specialized and diversified fields of accounting, a person desiring a career in accounting is encouraged to complete the entire professional program of study leading to the MPA degree.

The two introductory courses in accounting are the most important courses for a student contemplating accounting as a major field. At a minimum, a student should have attained a grade of B- in these two courses before considering accounting as a major. Students planning to major in accounting may consult with a school advisor.

Requirements & Recommendations

A minimum grade of C- is required to satisfy the prerequisites to any 4,000-level accounting course.
Course prefix: Acct

Required Major Courses

Acct 4210, 4111, 4112, 4310, 4510, 4113 and 4610. Students taking one course at a time should take them in the order listed.

Recommended Courses

Psyc 1101 and Soci 1101 as Core Area E social science electives; LglS 4050 as an RCB elective; and Phil 3730 as an Arts and Sciences elective. Recommended courses for students planning to enter the Master of Professional Accountancy’s accounting systems or management accounting specializations: Math 2420 in Core Area D; CIS 3260 as an RCB elective.

Other Requirement

Transfer credit toward the accounting major courses may not be more than five years old at the time the student enrolls. Students who reenroll after an absence of more than two years may retain major credit only for course work that is less than five years old at the time of reenrollment; this includes GSU credit and transfer credit.

Application Information

For more information on applying to the Undergraduate Program, contact the Georgia State University Office of Admissions.

Information about sitting for the CPA exam

Notice to students who plan to take the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination and be licensed as a CPA in the state of Georgia:

Students are advised that to sit for the CPA exam in Georgia candidates must have completed no fewer than 20 semester hours in accounting subjects beyond principles of accounting. Completion of the GSU undergraduate degree in accounting provides 21 hours of accounting, sufficient to sit for the CPA exam.

In order to apply for a CPA license in Georgia, an applicant must have completed a total of 150 semester hours of college education, of which 30 semester hours have to be in accounting subjects and 24 semester hours in general business subjects.

The School of Accountancy recommends that students meet the requirements of the law by being admitted to either the MPA or MTx degree programs after completing an undergraduate degree. Thus, students who plan to enroll at the master’s level should become aware of the admission requirements early in their undergraduate studies; a strong academic record and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test are important factors in master’s-level admission.