Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting


Program Description

Since the inception of the program in 1959, accounting graduates have established careers in every segment of the business world. Employment opportunities range from national, regional, and local public accounting firms to corporations, sole proprietorships, and national state and local government entities. The accounting profession offers a promising future for men and women who are comfortable in meeting people, expressing themselves, working in changing environments, and who possess an inquiring and logical thought process.

Learning Goals for Accounting Major:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of current accounting practices and theory and be conversant in the language of business.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to think critically about accounting topics.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate accounting information effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate competency in current accounting information technology.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate competency in ethical business and accounting decision making.

Holding the licensure designation as a Certified Public Accountant is viewed as evidence of a professional quality in the discipline of accounting. CPAs are viewed by the business world as individuals who possess a professional knowledge of accounting principles and concepts and have the experiences necessary to make proper application of those principles and concepts. Students who desire to pursue this professional designation can complete the curriculum which will provide them with the necessary academic background to permit the graduate to sit for the uniform certified public accountant examination.

The goal of many students is a career in private accounting rather than public accounting. Professional designations such as Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) are earned by completing examinations offered by their respective professional associations. Accounting majors who desire to complete those certification processes may complete a course of study which will enable them to be a candidate for those professional examinations.

Professional Examination Requirements

All students who, upon graduation, plan to sit for a professional examination (CPA, CMA, CIA) should consult with an accounting faculty member concerning specific course requirements of the respective examination. The requirements should be considered in planning the student’s course of study while completing the degree.

The following curriculum in accounting leads to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in accounting.


The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program.


Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1 3
MATH 1113 College Algebra2 3 Science with Lab1 4
BUAD 1111 Introduction to Business 1 MATH 2223 Quantitative Business Analysis2 3
BUAD 2003 Business Information Systems 3 COMM 2173 Business and Professional Speaking 3
Elective 5 Elective 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15


Fall Spring
ECON 2003 Principles of Economics I 3 ECON 2013 Principles of Economics II 3
Science with Lab1 4 Fine Arts & Humanities1 3
BDA 2003 Business Problem Solving 3 U.S. History/Government1 3
BUAD 2053 Business Statistics 3 BLAW 2033 Legal Environment of Business 3
ACCT 2003 Accounting Principles I 3 ACCT 2013 Accounting Principles II 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15


Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1 3 ECON 3003 Money and Banking 3
MGMT 3003 Management and Organizational Behavior 3 MGMT 3103 Operations Management 3
BUAD 3023 Business Communication 3 ACCT 3013 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACCT 3003 Intermediate Accounting I 3 ACCT 3023 Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT 3043 Federal Taxes I 3 ACCT 3053 Federal Taxes II 3
Total Hours Total Hours


Fall Spring
MKT 3043 Principles of Marketing 3 FIN 3063 Business Finance 3
ACCT 4003 Advanced Accounting I 3 MGMT 4083 Business Policy 3
ACCT 4033 Auditing 3 ACCT 4013 Advanced Accounting II 3
Elective 5 ACCT 4023 Cost Accounting 3
Elective 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in “General Education Requirements”.
2Students who have two years of high school algebra with a grade of “C” or better and a math ACT score of 22 or above may omit College Algebra and enroll directly in MATH 2223 Quantitative Business Analysis. If omitted, an additional 3 hours of electives will be required. Students considering graduate school are advised to use free elective hours to take MATH 2914 Calculus I.

Unconditional Admission Requirements

Arkansas Tech University does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, race, age, national origin, religion, or disability in any of its practices, policies, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admission, employment, financial aid, or educational services. Arkansas Tech University complies with all applicable state and federal laws including, but not limited to, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, the Age Discrimination in employment Act of 1967 as amended,Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1974, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. The Affirmative Action Office, Administration Building, Suite 212, has been designated to coordinate compliance efforts.

Important Dates
Priority Spring Application Deadline: January 1
Priority Fall Application Deadline: August 1

Entering Freshman / New Student:

New students to Arkansas Tech University must submit an application for admission, college entrance exam scores, a record documenting completion of secondary requirements, and proof of immunization documenting 2 MMR. If you have concurrent college credit, an official transcript from that institution is required. For Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, original score reports or a certified copy from your high school will need to be submitted prior to credit being awarded. A minimum criterion for exam scores and grade point average is listed below:

  1. Composite ACT score of 19 or above, composite SAT score of 990 or above on the RSAT scale of 1600 or a composite SAT score of 1330 on the former SAT exam with a scale of 2400, or a composite Next Generation ACCUPLACER score of 246. Note: The ACT Writing exam is not required for admission purposes.

Completion of graduation requirements from a public secondary school, private secondary school, or a homeschool program documenting a minimum 2.0/4.0 cumulative grade point average, and completion of the university’s secondary school core curriculum, OR a minimum GED score of 600.
Students who have scored accordingly on an Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) can earn credit toward graduation at Arkansas Tech University by receiving a qualifying score on the examinations. These credits can satisfy general education requirements. AP, CLEP, and IB scores should be documented on your application for admission. Submit official score reports or readable copies embossed by your high school to the Office of Admissions. Students who have earned an International Baccalaureate (IB) should submit their IB transcript for evaluation. Students who successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme can earn credit toward graduation at Arkansas Tech University.

Freshmen who do not meet unconditional admission requirements will be conditionally admitted with a minimum composite ACT score of 15, composite SAT score of 830 or above on the RSAT scale of 1600 or a composite SAT score of 1060 on the former SAT exam with a scale of 2400, or a composite Next Generation ACCUPLACER score of 229, and by completing college core with a 2.0/4.0 grade point average or minimum GED score of 600.

Returning Student:

Students who have not attended Arkansas Tech in the past year or have attended another college or university since last attending Tech must submit a new application for admission. Minimum grade point average requirements are listed below:

  • Has not attended another college since attending Tech
    • Cumulative Tech GPA of 2.0 or higher

Has attended another college since attending Tech

  • Cumulative Tech GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Official college transcript(s) documents

    Cost & Fees

    *Tuition and Fees are subject to change as necessary Tuition Rates
    Hours Resident (In-State) Non-Resident(Out-of-State) Fees
    1 226.00 452.00
    2 452.00 904.00
    3 678.00 1,356.00
    4 904.00 1,808.00
    5 1,130.00 2,260.00
    6 1,356.00 2,712.00
    7 1,582.00 3,164.00
    8 1,808.00 3,616.00
    9 2,034.00 4,068.00
    10 2,260.00 4,520.00
    11 2,486.00 4,972.00
    12 2,712.00 5,424.00
    13 2,938.00 5,876.00
    14 3,164.00 6,328.00
    15 3,390.00 6,780.00
    16 3,616.00 7,232.00
    17 3,842.00 7,684.00
    18 4,068.00 8,136.00
    19 4,294.00 8,588.00
    20 4,520.00 9,040.00
    21 4,746.00 9,492.00
    22 4,972.00 9,944.00
Last updated November 2018

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