The accounting profession is currently experiencing unprecedented change. The result is an increased demand for highly qualified professionals that can meet the challenges of a dynamic marketplace. Today's accountant is a critical member of the organization, using their business expertise, communication, and interpersonal skills as well as their accounting skills to improve decision-making throughout the organization. Numerous CPA firms and corporations in the region recruit our graduates.
In every economic condition, accountants are in demand and well compensated. Businesses and other organizations always need individuals who can focus on the details, who track changes in taxation, and who can provide a clear and honest analysis of complex data.
As an accounting professional, you are likely to begin your career in a large accounting firm. As you gain experience, you will have many career paths open for you. You might rise within a large firm, become the go-to person within a smaller company or nonprofit organization, or start your own. Our faculty can talk to you about career paths, or you can consider exploring reliable sites such as AccountingCareersNow.com.
In addition to your BBA in Accounting, you should consider one or more of the following professional certifications:
CPA, or Certified Public Accountant: We encourage all accounting majors to seek this widely recognized status. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Board of Accountancy in each state are involved in the awarding of this certification/license. Read more about the CPA process in Georgia.
CMA, or Certified Management Accountant: This certification focuses more on the knowledge and skills used in positions within individual companies rather than for public accounting. The Institute of Management Accountants administers this certification process.
CIA, or Certified Internal Auditor: This certification focuses on the knowledge and skills used by internal auditors and is administered by the Institute of Internal Auditors. You can also learn more about this profession at the Internal Audit Center here in Coles College of Business.
CFE, or Certified Fraud Examiner: This certification focuses on the knowledge and skills used by fraud examiners and is administered by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Learn more about how to become a Certified Fraud Examiner.
The School of Accountancy in the Coles College of Business offers an intensive one-year Masters of Accounting degree that many students complete immediately after their undergraduate degree.
In addition to accounting and taxation, you’ll also study management, data analytics, auditing, and information systems. To read a full list of courses available to you, and their descriptions, browse the KSU Undergraduate Catalog.
You must meet the requirements in the KSU Undergraduate Catalog for your Catalog Term – your Catalog Term is located in your Owl Express Account. Seek help from an academic advisor if you need help determining your Catalog Term.
To earn your B.B.A. with an Accounting Major, you must complete KSU General Education Requirements, as well as business and accounting courses.
Please select the links below that cover your Catalog Term to view your Advising Checksheets.
General Education Requirements for All Business Students
Fall 2016 and Later (PDF)
Prior to Fall 2016 (PDF)
Major Courses for Accounting
Fall 2016 and Later (PDF)
If you entered Coles College before Fall 2006, or need more information about degree and graduation requirements, please contact the Business Undergraduate Advising Center in BB 431 at 470-578-6055 to meet with an academic advisor.
Two Year Tentative Course Schedule
Plan ahead! View the Two Year Tentative Course Schedule for the School of Accountancy here.
If you are interested in diversifying your degree by minoring in Accounting, view requirements and course descriptions in the KSU Undergraduate Catalog here.
The Business Law Minor will help you understand ethics and the law, and teach you how to recognize ethical and legal issues in the workplace. Learn more here.
Read more about the requirements and rules for all Minors here.
Learn about your professors’ interests and areas of expertise.
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Within the School of Accountancy, you will find accounting classes, the Accounting Major and Minor, as well as the Business Law Minor, which covers the legal and ethical environment of business as well as negotiation and specialized areas of business law, such as real estate.