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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.

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 you could earn an Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting in as little as 2.5 years.

Program 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.

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

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

37 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
ACC160Principles of Accounting I 3
ACC161Principles of Accounting II 3
BUS121Introduction to Business 3
BUS222Ethics in Business 3
BUS298Externship-BUS III 3
BUS314Marketing Management 3
BUS321Business Organizational Management 3
BUS331Management Information Systems 3
BUS350Financial Management 3
BUS480Strategic Planning & Implementation 3
BUS480LStrategic Planning & Implementation LAB 1
ECO201Macroeconomics 3
ECO202Microeconomics 3

Hospitality Management concentration only: FSM 298 Food Service Management Externship I replaces BUS 298 in Core curriculum.

Arts and Sciences

31 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CAP480Arts and Sciences Capstone 3
COM115Principles of Communication 3
ENG110College Composition 3
ENG120Advanced Composition 3
HUM205Culture and Diversity: Exploring the Humanities 3
MTH131College Algebra 3
MTH140Statistics 3
PHY120Physics 3
PHY120LPhysics LAB 1
PSY105Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY220Positive Psychology 3


9 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CIS106Introduction to Operating Systems 3
COR090Career Orientation Seminar 0
FOR110Essentials for Success 3
CIS115Computer Applications 3

Concentration Requirements


30 semester credit hours plus electives

Course IDCourse NameCredits
ACC206Personal Income Tax I 3
ACC309Managerial Accounting for Managers 3
ACC319Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACC321Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACC322Intermediate Accounting III 3
ACC330Cost Accounting 3
ACC470Auditing I 3
ACC471Auditing II 3
ACC480Advanced Accounting I 3
ACC481Advanced Accounting II 3
Various Electives 17

Accounting Electives

Course IDCourse NameCredits
ACC311Personal Income Tax II 3
ACC340Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting 3
ACC409Business Taxation 3
ACC450Fraud Detection and Deterrence Methodology 3
ACC460Accounting Information Systems 3
BUS102Fundamentals of Customer Service 3
BUS211Introduction to Human Resources Management 3
BUS225Legal Environment of Business 3
BUS226Managerial Processes & Communications 3
BUS227Operations Management 3
BUS242Technology Optimization 3
BUS303Organizational Leadership and Management 3
BUS316Foundations of Decision Making 3
BUS328Business Process Improvement 3
BUS328LBusiness Process Improvement LAB 1
BUS345e-Commerce & Technology 3
BUS409Organizational Dynamics: Motivation and Leadership 3
BUS436International Business 3
BUS440Global Marketing 3
BUS443Staffing and Workforce Diversity3
BUS463Compensation and Benefits 3
BUS472Applied Project Management 3
BUS472LApplied Project Management LAB 1
BUS496Externship-BUS Sr. I-a 1
BUS497Externship-BUS Sr. I-b 1
BUS498Externship-BUS Sr. I-c 1
BUS499Externship-BUS Sr. III 3
Possible 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.

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.
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