Bachelor in Accounting
The accounting major provides students with a comprehensive, well-planned and balanced learning experience designed to prepare graduates for success in the accounting profession and the business community. Students are prepared for many different career paths and graduate with a foundation well suited for advancement.
Accounting is often called the “language of business.” Businesses plan, assess, and report the results of operations, financial condition, and cash position using accounting principles to prepare financial statements that express business operations to both internal and external users of financial information. External users assess creditability, performance, risk, and investment potential while internal users assess the efficiency of resource allocation, performance, and achievement of strategic objectives in the daily management of a business. All organizations, whether large or small, rely on accountants to record and report the activities of the business.
The accounting major teaches students the language of business. The undergraduate program is tightly focused on core accounting concepts featuring financial, cost, systems, tax and audit coursework. Accounting graduates are well positioned to start their careers in accounting or continue their coursework with a lockstep “fifth year” Master's in Accounting that completes the educational requirements for the C.P.A. exam and ultimate certification.
The accounting faculty encourages internships, and U.T.’s proximity to Tampa’s vibrant business core provides ample opportunity for internships with accounting firms, industry, government and nonprofit enterprises. Undergraduate students participate in a service-learning experience, typically in the tax course, applying their learning in live client contact experiences. U.T.’s small classes and extensive research and writing opportunities provide accounting majors the opportunity to develop superior communication skills, making them highly sought after by employers and graduate programs.
Minor in Accounting
The minor in accounting provides a business student with technical knowledge concerning accounting principles and reporting, accounting systems and decision making using accounting data. A minor in accounting requires the completion of 12 credit hours (four courses) in accounting after completion of the introductory courses in financial and management accounting. A typical minor might include two courses in intermediate accounting, accounting information systems and cost accounting.
The Sykes College of Business draws together talented faculty, sophisticated technology, and cutting-edge curriculum to provide students with the tools to succeed in a changing world. Highly qualified students of diverse ages and backgrounds receive advanced training in an array of disciplines from faculty members with a pulse on the business community.
At the Sykes College of Business, we are proud of the features that distinguish us among the world's top business programs, such as the following:
Highest Accreditation: A.A.C.S.B. International
The Sykes College of Business is an elite private school accredited at both the graduate and undergraduate levels by A.A.C.S.B. International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
For the sixth year in a row, The University of Tampa John H. Sykes College of Business has been named by The Princeton Review as an outstanding business school — and one of the 296 best business schools in the world. The Princeton Review features the school in the recently published 2013 edition of Best Business Schools.
Tampa Bay Business Journal
The University of Tampa's MBA program was listed as the "Favorite MBA program" in the second annual Tampa Bay Business Journal Best in the Biz: Readers' Choice Awards. Ranked behind U.T. were MBA programs from the University of Florida (No. 2), the University of South Florida Executive MBA (No. 3), USF-St. Petersburg and St. Leo University.
Our uniquely designed curriculum promotes business fundamentals with an understanding that tomorrow's innovation and technology are essential for business success.
Our highly respected faculty have achieved national and international reputations for academic and business success in their fields. Ninety-seven percent hold doctorate degrees and 80 percent have practical business experience.
The Sykes College of Business encourages real-world learning. Each graduate business program features experiential learning through client projects, internships, case studies, consulting, strategic planning, and data collection and analysis. The college's robust international travel programs help students incorporate a global view into their studies.
From managing investments in our Huizenga Family Foundation Trading Center to hands-on training in S.A.P. and other enterprise systems, our graduate business students access the most current technology through their coursework.
Undergraduate International Admissions
With students enrolled from over 100 countries, U.T. proudly considers students from around the globe for freshman or transfer admission. Proof of English proficiency is required. (This is waived for international students from the Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.)
Students should apply through U.T.'s online application. In order to review a student’s application, the University must receive the following:
- Official transcripts of all secondary school coursework and grades translated into English (“Official” means that you must request your school to send transcripts directly to the U.T. admissions office. If that is impossible, send copies that have been certified by your school as “true copies” of the originals after they are copied. An official at your school should sign the document as “true copy of original.”)
- Essay written in English
- A recommendation written by a counselor, teacher or headmaster.
Applicants must submit one of the following:
- TOEFL: the minimum acceptable score is 550 or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based) exam.
- IELTS: International English Language Testing System – minimum grade of 6.5.
- C.P.E.: Certificate of Proficiency in English - grades of “C” or better.
- Pearson Test of English (P.T.E.): minimum score of 58.
- Successful completion of the English 112 certificate offered by E.S.L. Language Centers accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an administrator and a 500-word English writing sample.
International students who meet admission requirements but need additional English language training prior to entering as a full-time degree student may enroll in one of the several E.S.L. programs.
International students also must furnish proof of available funds to cover their first year of study and each subsequent year. Exceptional new entering students with excellent academic achievement receive partial scholarships ($4,000-$7,000 per academic year) which covers only a small portion of the total costs. Students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week.
Upon admission to the University and satisfactory completion of the financial statement, an I-20 form will be sent to applicants from U.T.’s admissions office. Applicants must take the I-20 form, a copy of their acceptance letter and financial statement to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. After an interview, the embassy or consulate will decide if an F-1 student visa can be issued. To enter the United States, students need this visa in their passport and the I-20 form. Students may not enter the country on a tourist visa with the intention to study in the U.S.
The staff in the Office of International Programs assists students with pre-arrival information, orientation, and advice on academic, social, cultural and employment matters.
Average cost for full-time undergraduate students for 2013-2014 academic year (fall and spring).
- Tuition (12-18 credit hours per semester): $23,990
- Mandatory Fees (required): $1,782
- Room and Board (double room, 15 meals per week): $9,388
- Total: $35,160
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