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 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.
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.
Priority Spring Application Deadline: November 1
Priority Fall Application Deadline: June 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:
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 a minimum GED score of 600.
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