Business Administration B.S. (Accounting)

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The B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Accounting provides comprehensive coverage of the many functions performed by public and management accountants. From the beginning of their freshman year, students in the program learn the fundamentals of financial reporting and how to analyze and use financial information when making business decisions. They also learn how to leverage information technology and apply ethical principles and social responsibility in business interactions.

The program of study thoroughly prepares students for professional exams to acquire their CPA licensure and/or CMA certification, and is endorsed by IMA (Institute of Management Accountants). It has the flexibility to allow students to tailor their own path to graduation from various customizable options, with the assistance of their own career coaching team. Program curriculum is responsive to changes in industry and licensure needs, evolution of career expectations, and emerging technology.

Graduates go on to work in all areas of accounting, including auditing, taxation, managerial or cost, financial reporting, and governmental accounting. Jobs include certified public accountant (CPA), certified management accountant (CMA), internal auditor, IT auditor/consultant, data analyst, economist, and tax adviser.

With the 4+1 integrated degree program, students can go on to earn their M.B.A. with only one additional year of study. A variety of master's degree programs in computer and information systems can also be integrated this way. Interested students in this course of study may be eligible for the Early Law School Admission Program.

AACSB  IMA

Contact Information

Jacob Peng
Email: peng@rmu.edu 
Phone: 412-397-6385
Fax: 412-397-2585
Room: Massey Hall 206

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall - 16 credits

  • CSEN1010 Reading and Writing Strategies
  • MATH1010 Pre-Calculus 
  • INFS1020 Introduction to Decision Support Systems
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology
  • ACCT2030 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • FYSP1000 First Year Experience

Freshman Year, Spring - 18 credits

  • SOCI1010 Principles of Sociology
  • CSEN1020 Argument and Research
  • STAT2110 Statistical/Quantitative Analysis
  • ECON1020 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ACCT2060 Managerial Accounting
  • History or Political Science elective

Sophomore Year, Fall - 17 credits

  • MGMT2200 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • MGMT2025 Cloud Computing for Business 
  • CSCM1030 Public Speaking and Persuasion
  • ACCT3030 Intermediate Financial Acct I
  • ECON1030 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ACCT3110 Taxes I
  • ACCT3015 Professional Accountancy and Technology Seminar

Sophomore Year, Spring - 18 credits

  • MGMT2000 Management Theory and Practice
  • BLAW2000 Law, Business, and Society
  • CSCM2040 Professional Communicants in Workplace
  • ACCT3040 Intermediate Accounting II
  • MARK2000 Marketing in Interconnected World
  • Non-Business Elective: ACCT4903 (Recommend VITA or other sophomore internships)

Junior Year, Fall - 15 credits

  • ACCT3060 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT3100 Cost Accounting I
  • Natural Science Elective
  • ELIT____ Literature Elective
  • FINA3000 Principles of Finance

Junior Year, Spring - 15 credits

  • ACCT Restrictive Elective: ACCT3070 or FINA3050
  • MGMT3050 International Business
  • Business Administration Elective*
  • HUMA1010 Humanities: Art/Music
  • Non-Business Elective

Senior Year, Fall - 12 credits

  • ACCT4010 Auditing
  • ACCT____ Accounting Elective*
  • Business Administration Elective*
  • Non-Business Elective

Senior Year, Spring - 9 credits

  • MGMT4850 Strategic Management
  • ACCT____ Accounting Elective*
  • Non-Business Elective

* All Business Electives must be a 3 or 4 level course

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Managerial Accounting
Intermediate Accounting
Accounting Information Systems
Major Credits
56
Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing
Core Credits
42
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
22

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