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Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a Major 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. Degree with a Major 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

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Students planning to enroll in upper-division business core courses (those numbered 300 and above) must satisfy the following requirements: (1) achieve junior standing by completing a minimum of 60 semester hours; and (2) complete the following ten specific courses with a GPA of at least a 2.25: ACCT 203, ACCT 204, ECON 201, ECON 202, COMM 100, ENG 101, ENG 102, INF 101, MATH 110, and MATH 250.

Students who have close to 60 hours and have enrolled in the required lower-division (100-200 level) courses may enroll in introductory upper-division courses to complete a full schedule. Advisors may petition, on behalf of a particular student, the RCOBE’s BBA Continuous Improvement Committee for special permission to enroll in upper-division courses.

Business Core - 27 Credit Hours

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

Public Accounting Concentration - 42 Credit Hours

Accounting Core - 18 Credit Hours

ACCT 303 Cost Accounting
ACCT 305 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 306 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 360 Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 402 Income Tax Procedure
ACCT 412 Auditing

Accounting Electives - 15 Credit Hours

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

Other Required Classes - 9 Credit Hours

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

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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