Get an Accounting Degree (BSA)

Numbers have been called the language of business, and the training accounting majors receive enable them to be invaluable in numerous positions. Accountants provide an array of financial services to businesses, nonprofit corporations, governments, industry, and private citizens. The College of Business Administration (CBA) School of Accountancy’s undergraduate accounting degree prepares you to pursue such roles as public accountant (after completing the State-mandated 150 semester hours of college credits), management accountant, internal auditor, and information systems auditor.

We also offer a 5-year Accelerated B.S./M.S. in Accounting degree that will enable you to obtain the 150 semester credit hours needed to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination through a structured program. Students also are encouraged to participate in internships or cooperative education experiences while in school as an important part of their preparation for the profession.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting Academic Coursework

Undergraduate degrees at The University of Akron require a student to complete 128 credits. Please note that some number of electives might be needed in addition to required courses to equal 128 credits. The following are the credits required for Accounting majors.

  • General education requirements(minimum of 42 credits)
  • CBA core and additional business requirements(45 credits)
  • Accounting major coursework (33 credits) includes:

Required (27 credits)

  • 3300:275 Specialized Writing: Business
  • 6200:301 Cost Management and Control
  • 6200:320 Accounting Systems and Internal Control
  • 6200:321 Financial Reporting and Analysis I
  • 6200:322 Financial Reporting and Analysis II
  • 6200:330 Contemporary Federal Taxation
  • 6200:431 Business Entity Taxation
  • 6200:440 Assurance Services and Professional Responsibilities
  • 6200:454 Information Systems Security

Electives (6 credits)

  • 6200:408, 6200:420, 6200:441, 6200:450, 6200:460, 6200:470, 6200:490 or 6100:495

Professional Experience

Each fall, professionals from about 40 public accounting firms, corporations, and other organizations visit campus to meet accounting majors during our Evening with the Accountants. This event starts the job recruitment season for accounting majors. As a result of contacts made at this event, many students are offered internships and full-time positions by the end of the fall semester. The CBA also has staff to help students obtain paid internships or cooperative educational positions that provide practical professional experiences.

Course Availability

University general education requirements and CBA Core classes are offered each semester, including over the summer. Please note that the number of sections available is often less during the summer semester. Courses for your major are offered in spring, summer, and fall, although every course is not offered every semester.

The George W. Daverio School of Accountancy

Learn about CBA accounting students, careers, organizations that have recently hired CBA graduates, and much more on the Accountancy Department page.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to completing all required courses for a major, a student must also maintain certain cumulative GPAs in the areas below to graduate.

  • 2.3 overall GPA in all courses
  • 2.0 GPA in major courses
  • 2.0 GPA in business and economics courses

Graduation Deadlines

  • Spring Graduation – Apply by December 1
  • Summer Graduation – Apply by April 1
  • Fall Graduation – Apply by July 1

Academic Resources

Resources are available to help you learn more about the school and major, and determine class schedules, requirements, and progress toward you degree.

Before you apply to The University of Akron, contact our Undergraduate Recruiter to answer your questions. Current UA students who want to be admitted to a major should be sure to visit an undergraduate Academic Adviser.

Graduation Planning Summary (GPS). The GPS is a document that lists course titles and additional, supplemental information for you as an Accounting major. When you are admitted to the CBA, you will review the GPS with your adviser, and use it in conjunction with the Degree Auditing Report System (DARS) (see below). Download your Accounting GPS.

Once you are admitted to The University of Akron, you’ll use the Degree Auditing Report System (DARS), which is an online tool you can use to view information about your progress toward graduation. DARS outlines your degree requirements, marks completed courses, and shows your remaining coursework.

Tutoring

Once you are a student, The University of Akron and the CBA offer tutoring services for additional help in many subjects.

  • The University of Akron offers free online tutorials for students to learn to use a variety of software programs, like Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, Google Docs, and Springboard through Atomic Learning.
  • The CBA offers tutoring on business topics.
  • The main campus library has writing and math tutoring services. 

Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to participate in at least one of our many active, student-run organizations. Participating in an organization will enrich your college experience by providing opportunities to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom, and by opening doors to new friendships, networking, professional growth, and jobs. Our student organizations regularly excel in regional and national competitions. CBA accounting student organizations include:

You also can get involved in other CBA student organizations:

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