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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Accounting Overview

If you have a knack for numbers and want to be at the center of business operations, then you may want to consider a career in accounting. Accountants are vital to a company’s success, tracking income and assets, preparing financial statements, and evaluating returns on investments.  

ECPI University offers two degree tracks in the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration / Accounting Concentration. The Accounting Data Analytics Track provides students with an opportunity to engage with auditing and analytics knowledge that adds to their accounting concentration. Organizations are looking for data-driven perspectives and decisions.

Additionally, the General Accounting Track teaches the additional topics of auditing and personal taxation, providing students with a broad overview of accounting. The focus on auditing prepares students to track and verify accounting transactions and their source when reviewing financial reports to meet organizational goals. 

In fact, no organization, be it public, private or government, can exist without accounting support. If this sounds like the career for you, consider ECPI University’s year-round program. In as little as 2.5 years, you could earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

Program Description

Business Administration Program Description

In ECPI’s Bachelor of Science Business Administration (BSBA) program, students develop decision-making, problem-solving, and leadership skills based on a foundation of practical knowledge and application of business fundamentals. Students investigate business theory as it relates to accounting, management, analytics, and operations.

The program creates a unique opportunity for the student to explore the diverse aspects of business as they relate to today’s global environment. The focus on real-world application, case studies, hands-on activities, and relevant scenarios are woven into the framework of the program to develop and enhance analytical, professional, and organizational skills. The curriculum integrates the functional areas of the business environment, such as finance, accounting, marketing, and management.

At ECPI, the BSBA program addresses industry needs while incorporating current events, topics, business theories, and technological concepts. Students work collaboratively while applying concepts to complete projects based on real-world scenarios. This program provides an exceptional opportunity to obtain and practice the professional skills and industry knowledge necessary to be successful in any contemporary business environment.

Accounting Concentration Description

Our curriculum is grounded in fundamentals of accountancy, with classes focusing on both theory and application. Coursework covers a variety of core subjects including:

  • Standard practices of the accounting profession
  • The role of technology in the accounting profession
  • Preparation of Financial statements: GAAP and IFRS accounting methodologies
  • Integration of accounting systems and financial reporting
  • Preparation of personal, corporate, and not-for-profit tax returns
  • Governmental accounting
  • Fraud detections and deterrence and accounting computer forensics
  • Detailed implementation of ethical standards as required by accounting and business management professionals
  • Application of accounting and management theory and practice in decision making, business strategy, and technical solutions relating to management
  • Critical thinking and financial analysis of business factors including accounting, operations management, technology, and globalization
  • An understanding of global and technological accounting and business processes and management leadership

However, for knowledge to be truly useful, it must be applied. That’s why ECPI University requires students to complete two externships during their course of study, which allows them to gain real-world experience. 

Additionally, we offer two degree tracks in the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration / Accounting Concentration. The Accounting Data Analytics Track and General Accounting Track, each track presents the students with an opportunity to engage with auditing and data-driven analytics knowledge that adds to their accounting concentration and additional topics of auditing and personal taxation, respectively.

Possible Career Track

Upon completion, graduates with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting could possibly pursue a career in the following industries and economic sectors including:

  • Staff accountant
  • Tax accountant
  • Budget analyst
  • Auditor
  • Forensic accountant
Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

40 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
ACC160 Principles of Accounting I 3
ACC161 Principles of Accounting II 3
BUS121 Introduction to Business 3
BUS222 Ethics in Business 3
BUS298 Externship-BUS III 3
BUS331 Management Information Systems 3
BUS480 Strategic Planning & Implementation 3
BUS480L Strategic Planning & Implementation LAB 1
ECO201 Macroeconomics 3
ECO202 Microeconomics 3
FIN350 Financial Management 3
HRM211 Introduction to Human Resources Management 3
LAW225 Legal Environment of Business 3
MKT214 Marketing Management 3

Arts and Sciences

31 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3
COM115 Principles of Communication 3
ENG110 College Composition 3
ENG120 Advanced Composition 3
HUM205 Culture and Diversity: Exploring the Humanities 3
MTH131 College Algebra 3
MTH140 Statistics 3
PHY120 Physics 3
PHY120L Physics LAB 1
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY220 Positive Psychology 3

Self-Integration

6 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS108 Office Applications 2
COR191 Career Orientation 1
FOR110 Essentials for Success 3

Concentration Requirements

Accounting

21 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
ACC309 Managerial Accounting for Managers 3
ACC319 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACC321 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACC322 Intermediate Accounting III 3
ACC330 Cost Accounting 3
ACC480 Advanced Accounting I 3
ACC481 Advanced Accounting II 3

Accounting Data Analytics Track

23 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
ACC470 Auditing I 3
ACC471 Auditing II 3
BAN317 Data Analytics and Business Forecasting 3
  Various Electives 14

General Accounting Track

23 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
ACC206 Personal Income Tax I 3
ACC470 Auditing I 3
ACC471 Auditing II 3
  Various Electives 14

Elective Courses

Course ID Course Name Credits
ACC206 Personal Income Tax I 3
ACC309 Managerial Accounting for Managers 3
BUS102 Fundamentals of Customer Service 3
BUS224 Change Management 3
BUS226 Managerial Processes & Communications 3
BUS242 Technology Optimization 3
BUS303 Organizational Leadership and Management 3
BUS316 Foundations of Decision Making 3
BUS328 Business Process Improvement 3
BUS328L Business Process Improvement LAB 1
BUS345 e-Commerce & Technology 3
BUS409 Organizational Dynamics: Motivation and Leadership 3
BUS436 International Business 3
BUS496 Externship-BUS Sr. I-a 1
BUS497 Externship-BUS Sr. I-b 1
BUS498 Externship-BUS Sr. I-c 1
BUS499 Externship-BUS Sr. III 3
CIS106 Logic and Design 3
CIS121 Externship-BUS Sr. III 3
CIS150 Introduction to Networking 3
CIS223 Introduction to Databases 3
CIS282 Web Interface Design 3
HRM443 Staffing and Workforce Diversity 3
HRM463 Compensation and Benefits 3
LAW225 Legal Environment of Business 3
MKT440 Global Marketing 3
OPM227 Operations Management 3
OPM472 Applied Project Management 3
OPM472L Applied Project Management LAB 1
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology 3

Electives - any course from BS BA and/or BS Organizational Leadership, depending on prerequisite. General electives from other programs and schools.

Possible Outcomes

Business Administration Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Describe business principles and competencies as applied to local and global environments.
  • Evaluate qualitative and quantitative accounting and financial problems, using appropriate tools and technology.  
  • Create effective plans that maximize business results.  
  • Apply ethical behavior, professional standards, and social responsibility in the practice of business.
  • Demonstrate effective professional business communication.

Accounting Concentration

In today's marketplace, business, industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations need high-quality and near to real time financial information to compete in local, national, and global markets.

The accountant is a key person who can provide management with this critical information. No organization can function effectively without accounting. Our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting provides students with an in-depth understanding of accounting principles. Accounting graduates are prepared to pursue careers in public accounting, business, or government.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply accounting principles to record financial information for a firm's financial position and analyze.

Accounting Data Analytics Track

The accounting data analytics track provides students with an opportunity to engage with auditing and analytics knowledge that adds to their accounting concentration. Organizations want data-driven perspectives and decisions. The additional analytics focus allows students to look at data output while combining financial and accounting insights. 

*students interested in sitting for the CPA exam, depending on state of residence, will need thirty upper division accounting credits.  

General Accounting Track

The general accounting track covers the additional topics of auditing and personal taxation, providing students with a broad overview of accounting. By taking the additional core areas, students are expected to become well rounded accounting graduates. The focus on auditing prepares students to track and verify accounting transactions and their source when reviewing financial reports to meet organizational goals.