The Bachelor of Accountancy offers both specialized knowledge in accounting and a general education leading to a broad understanding of the business world. The program is designed to prepare students for a professional career in accounting as well as graduate study in business, finance, information systems, or law.
Accounting is the management of financial information. Accountants design and implement systems that capture relevant information from the transactions in which an organization engages. The accountant analyzes that information and communicates it to others, answering questions such as: How profitable is this business? How solvent? How risky?
For students who enter GWSB beginning Fall 2014 and forward:
- BAccy Curriculum Overview
- Recommended ACCY course sequencing
- Sample Four-Year Plan
- BBA & BAccy General Education Requirement Information:
Career Options in Accountancy
Every organization with financial records needs accountants. In some cases, students with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree may be able to begin working immediately upon graduation in accounting but some employers require a CPA certification for hiring or promotion and in most states taking the CPA exam requires 150 credit hours. Public accountants audit financial statements and provide tax planning and financial advisory services to their clients. Some accountants who work for corporations are responsible for preparing and maintaining the financial records of the business; others use accounting and other information to help evaluate potential and existing products and projects in order to aid in managerial decision-making. Governmental accountants help to prepare and administer the budgets under which their agencies operate.
The BAccy degree also allows students to choose a minor outside of the School of Business. Students should consult with the department in which their minor interest is housed to learn more about minor course requirements. They should also consult with their GWSB advisor to insure they will be able to pursue a minor and stay on track towards graduation. Minors can typically be completed within four years for BAccy students if they plan strategically.
- a list of minors available outside GWSB can be found here.
- The Minor Declaration Form can be found on the Advising Center’s Forms page.
The School of Business offers a minor in Business Administration that can be pursued by undergraduate students whose home school is not GWSB. The minor requirements can be accessed here.
For students who entered GWSB between Fall 2009 – Summer 2014:
- BAccy 4-Year Curriculum Outline
- Accountancy Major Courses & Recommended Sequencing
- BBA & BAccy Liberal Arts & Electives Information:
Students who entered GW prior to Fall 2009 should contact a GWSB advisor in order to obtain accurate curriculum requirements.
Studying Accountancy in the BAccy vs. BBA
|Accountancy Major, BAccy||Accountancy Concentration, BBA|
|Type of Study||Specialized: Provides analytical tools and conceptual frameworks and is intended to help students prepare for the CPA exam.*||Broad: Provides analytical tools and conceptual frameworks and is intended to be paired with a complementary field of concentration.|
|Minor Outside GWSB||Optional||Required|
|Option for Dual Concentration in GWSB||No||Yes|
|Is Study Abroad Possible?||Yes**||Yes**|
|# of Business Related Requirements||9 Business Core Courses||11 Business Core Courses|
|# of Accountancy Courses||10 Major Courses||5 Field Courses|
|# of Elective Courses||10 Elective Courses||6 Elective Courses|
The first year of requirements are the same for all GWSB students, regardless of the degree pursued: Bachelor of Accountancy (BAccy) or Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). The requirements for both programs can be aligned for the second year as well; however, students are encouraged to develop their academic plan with an advisor.
All GWSB Degrees (BAccy, BBA, BSF) will require that students complete a minimum of a 120 credits; earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0; and earn a major GPA of 2.0 in order to be eligible to graduate.
* Requirements to sit for the exam vary by state, so students should obtain further information from the state licensure board(s) of their choice to confirm they will have all courses to secure readiness to sit for exam.
** Please consult with a GWSB Advisor if interested in Study Abroad.
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