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Accounting Major

MAJOR OPTIONS

  • B.B.A. - Accounting
  • B.B.A. to M.P.A. - Accounting

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES 

Accountants are at the center of business operations of all kinds.  It is a degree that lets you do just about anything you want in the business world.  Accountants work with businesses to develop business and information systems strategies.  They help investors by analyzing mergers and acquisitions.  They enable government to develop new measures of economic efficiency.  They assist boards of directors by implementing corporate controls.  They work with all types of organizations to measure and communicate financial results.  Accountants and auditors help to ensure that firms are run efficiently, public records kept accurately, and taxes paid properly and on time. They analyze and communicate financial information for various entities such as companies, individual clients, and Federal, State, and local governments. Beyond carrying out the fundamental tasks of the occupation—providing information to clients by preparing, analyzing, and verifying financial documents—many accountants also offer budget analysis, financial and investment planning, information technology consulting, and limited legal services.

Some accountants go into public accounting and become partners in accounting firms.  Others go into corporations as internal auditors, managerial accountants, tax planners, and information systems consultants.  Government agencies, including the IRS, FDIC, U.S. Department of the Treasury, state agencies, and local government also employ accountants.  Accounting offers competitive starting salaries and long-term growth potential. 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN 

The accounting major provides a student with the analytical foundation to excel as a certified public accountant, internal auditor, financial manager, controller, tax advisor and consultant. Tools and techniques of planning, control and decision analysis (including computer applications) are developed in broad areas such as financial and managerial accounting, income taxes, consulting, cost analysis, and computer information systems.  The skills that have been identified for recruiting accounting students include: strong quantitative skills; problem identification/solving skills; strong interpersonal skills including communication, listening,  and leadership; strong writing skills; a national and global perspective; the ability to manage time well; to be self-disciplined; and to have a strong work ethic. 

You will learn about important topics like taxation, financial statement analysis, auditing, accounting information systems, and payroll accounting.


B.B.A./M.P.A. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 

Degree Integrated Program

  • At least 18 semester hours must be in courses numbered 6300 or above.
  • This program will be a non-thesis program.  Students desiring to do a thesis program will be required to complete the regular M.P.A. degree program.
  • Application for entry into the program will be made during the semester in which the student completes 90 hours of course work. Graduate course work cannot be taken prior to acceptance into the program.
  • Admission: Applicants with an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA for accounting courses above principles of 3.0 or higher may opt out of taking the GMAT exam by completing the GMAT Election form with the MPA administrator.
  • Conditional Admission: Students that do not qualify for regular admission are granted conditional admission when the applicant has an undergraduate overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and a GPA for accounting courses above principles of 2.5 or higher and scores in the 30th percentile or higher of the GMAT. 
  • Students not qualifying for regular or conditional admission will be denied admission and may consult with the dean of the Graduate School for assistance on future admission possibilities or possible committee review for conditional admission based on special circumstances consistent with House Bill 1641.
  • Applicants must have completed the following accounting courses prior to admission: ACCT 2301, 2302, 3311, 3331, 3332, 3371, 3375.

Required Courses for the Integrated B.B.A./M.P.A. Degree Program (150 hours)

  • University Core Curriculum (must include ECON 2301) - 42 hours
  • B.B.A. Core - 39 hours
  • Undergraduate Accounting Requirements - 21 hours
  • Undergraduate Electives - 21 hours
  • Graduate Accounting Requirements - 12 hours
  • Advanced Accounting Electives for Graduate credit - 15 hours
  • Other Business Electives - 9 hours

Pass Comprehensive Exam

  • During the last semester of course work for the B.B.A./M.P.A. degree, the student will be required to take a comprehensive written and/or oral exam covering the M.P.A. core courses.  The examination will be administered by a three-member graduate accounting faculty committee.  If the student fails the first examination, one semester or equivalent (16 weeks or two summer sessions) must elapse before the student takes the exam again.  Additional course work or directed study will be recommended for the student in the interim.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITES

The Accounting and Finance Association is a club that supports networking and career exploration for careers in the accounting and finance professions.

Enactus is a student organization in the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business.  Enactus uses a business mindset and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life and standard of living of people in need and help businesses achieve profitability.


As an AACSB accredited business school, the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business is eligible to pursue Beta Gamma Sigma (International Honors Society for Business students) and Beta Alpha Psi (International Honors Society for Financial Information Professionals with degrees in accounting, finance, or computer information systems).

The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business supports an annual summer study abroad trip, which focuses on business and cross-cultural issues.  Locations include Denmark, Sweden, England, Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Cananda.

CAREER CLOSE-UP

Accountant
Average wage (TX) - $65,780 
Average wage (US) - $67,430

Auditor
Average wage (TX) - $65,780
Average wage (US) - $67,430

Budget Analyst
Average wage (TX) - $66,110
Average wage (US) - $69,240

Credit Analyst
Average wage (TX) - $66,360
Average wage (US) - $67,230

Financial Manager
Average wage (TX) - $113,120
Average wage (US) - $113,730

Tax Examiner & Revenue Agent
Average wage (TX) - $51,970
Average wage (US) - $53,800

Treasurer & Controller
Average wage (TX) - $113,120
Average wage (US) - $113,730

Wage information taken from http://wtamu.myplan.com

PRE-REQUISITES

  • Mathematics to solve problems.
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

RESOURCE HIGHLIGHTS

  • McCray Professorship of Business
  • Schaeffer Professorship of Business Ethics
  • Wilder Scholarship
  • Glover Scholarship
  • AICPA Scholarship
  • Haggard Scholarship
  • Bagley Scholarship
  • Pulliam Scholarship
  • Hall Scholarship
  • Trekell Scholarship
  • Fox Scholarship
  • Oldham Scholarship
  • Pickens Scholarship
  • Hudgins Crosier Sumpter P.C. Intern Scholarship
  • Worsham and Brown, Graham and Company Scholarship
  • Glover Classroom
  • Liles Classroom

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