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Accounting - B.B.A.

COLLEGE: College of Business Administration
DEPARTMENT: Department of Accounting
Room 550, Business Administration Building
Tel: 330-672-2545
Fax: 330-672-5006


DESCRIPTION: The Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in accounting theory and practice necessary for entry-level accounting positions and career advancement. It encompasses a common body of concepts, conventions, principles and theories essential to the professional competency of the certified public accountant, controller, industrial accountant, institutional accountant and governmental accountant.

In addition to the above program that leads to the bachelor's degree, the department offers a five-year program that leads to both the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science in Accounting degrees. The two-degree, five-year program meets the requirements for admission of graduates to the Certified Public Accountant's Examination (Section 4701 of the Ohio General Code after Jan. 1, 2000). Requirements differ in different states, and students should check with the state board of accountancy for requirements. For more details on the Master of Science in Accounting program, which is the fifth year of the five-year program, students should examine the Graduate Schools Bulletin, or contact the Graduate School of Management (room A310, Business Administration Building).
Accountants and auditors held about 1.3 million jobs in 2008. They worked throughout private industry and government, but 24 percent of accountants and auditors worked for accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services firms. Approximately 8 percent of accountants and auditors were self-employed.

Most accountants and auditors work in urban areas, where public accounting firms and central or regional offices of businesses are concentrated.

Some individuals with backgrounds in accounting and auditing are full-time college and university faculty; others teach part time while working as self-employed accountants or as accountants for private industry or in government.

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks held about 2.1 million jobs in 2008. They work in nearly all industries and at all levels of government. State and local government, educational services, healthcare, and the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services industries are among the individual industries employing the largest numbers of these clerks.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Requirements to be admitted as an accounting major:
  • Satisfactory completion of 46 semester hours applicable to the pre-accounting major
  • Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum C (2.00) grade is required in COMM 15000, ENG 11011, ENG 21011 and MATH 11010 (or placement out of ENG 11011 and/or MATH 11010)
  • Minimum C (2.00) grade and 2.70 GPA for all attempts in ACCT 23020 and ACCT 23021 (or equivalent)
For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

Transfer Student: A cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 (2.25 for economics) is required for admission into the College of Business Administration. Students who have previously attended Kent State must also have a minimum 2.50 GPA (2.25 for economics) in their former Kent State coursework.
Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  39 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.50 GPA overall and 2.50 GPA in major required for graduation.
STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of International Affairs.
ACCREDITATION: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Beta Alpha Psi; The Accounting Association; Delta Sigma Pi
Master of Science in Accounting
Master of Business Administration: Accounting; Finance