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Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Public Accounting Concentration

This concentration prepares students who prefer working at a public accounting firm in tax or as a tax auditor. This program is designed to provide the educational qualifications needed to sit for the CPA exam (see below). This program is not available for online delivery.

(B.B.A. in Accounting, Public Accounting Concentration Program Requirements in printable, PDF format)

Program Summary

General Education 55 hours
Business Core 27 hours
Accounting Major (Public Accounting Concentration) 42 hours

Business Core - 27 Credit Hours

ACCT 203 Principles of Accounting I 3
ACCT 204 Principles of Accounting II 3
BCOM 301 Business Communication 3
FIN 305 Managerial Finance 3
GBUS 204 Business Law I 3
MGT 301 Management Principles 3
MGT 602 Production & Operations Management 3
MGT 650 Business Policy 3
MKT 301 Marketing Principles 3

Public Accounting Concentration

Accounting Core - 18 Credit Hours

ACCT 303 Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 305 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACCT 306 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACCT 360 Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT 402 Income Tax Procedure 3
ACCT 607 Auditing 3

Accounting Electives - 15 Credit Hours

ACCT 406 Governmental & Institutional Accounting 3
ACCT 409 Ethics for Accountants 3
ACCT 601 Advanced Accounting 3
ACCT 610 Advanced Tax Procedure 3
ACCT 612 Advanced Auditing 3
Or another ACCT class 3

Other Required Classes - 9 Credit Hours

GBUS 403 Commercial Law 3
GBUS 404 Business Organizations and Government Regulations 3
ECON 640 Money, Banking, and the Macroeconomy 3
Or ECON 651 Managerial Economics 3

Requirements to Sit for CPA Exam in Kansas

150 Credit Hours of post-secondary coursework are required to be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam in Kansas. While the B.B.A. in Accounting with a Public Accounting Concentration will prepare the student academically to sit for the exam, it will not provide the required number of post-secondary credit hours.

Students are encouraged to pursue a second degree in an area that complements their accounting degree. It is often possible to complete a double degree with 154 credit hours. A popular second degree is in finance, but other degree areas might include management information systems, marketing, or international business and economics. Students can also complete a minor or take a collection of courses in another business discipline to fulfill the 150 credit hours of post-secondary coursework.

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