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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting B.B.A.

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Bachelor of Business Administration Degree
Coles College of Business
School of Accountancy
(470) 578-6084

The School of Accountancy aspires to be a nationally recognized leader in influencing the accounting profession by educating our students, performing relevant research, and engaging with the profession.

Accounting provides the tools to measure, interpret and communicate economic information for decision-making. A basic understanding of financial and managerial accounting information is necessary for all business majors. Accounting Majors develop their knowledge of accounting within the framework of accounting information systems. The development of a student’s technical, communication, computer, critical-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and leadership skills are critical consequences of the program.

Upon graduation, Accounting Majors have a wide range of job opportunities. Many go into public practice (CPA firms), which involves independent auditing, accounting, consulting and tax services provided to clients. This is the traditional path for becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Others choose private accounting, becoming financial, tax, systems or managerial accountants or internal auditors in business and industry. Still others enter the specialized fields of not-for-profit or governmental accounting. Accounting also serves as a solid background for graduate work in any business area or law. Many find rewarding lifetime careers in Accounting; others use it as a stepping-stone to high-level management positions. The State of Georgia requires everyone who wishes to be licensed as a CPA to have five years of education (150 semester hours), including a baccalaureate degree. Completion of 123 hours is required to earn the Bachelor’s degree; hence 27 additional hours are needed to become a CPA. While these can be undergraduate hours, the faculty recommends that prospective CPAs earn a specialized Master’s degree in Accounting to satisfy the five-year requirement.

The Coles College of Business has special admission, progression, and graduation requirements that must be met by students seeking the B.B.A. degree.  In order to be able to take upper-division courses in Accounting and graduate with an Accounting B.B.A., students must successfully complete BUSA 2150 and  the Coles College Sophomore GPA Requirement, and be admitted to the Coles Undergraduate Professional Program. Admission to the Coles Undergraduate Professional Program is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University. In addition, all business majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all business courses counted toward their degree.

Accounting Majors must earn grades of “B” or higher in ACCT 2100 and ACCT 2200 in order to proceed to upper-division ACCT courses. Accounting Majors must complete at least 18 hours of the ACCT Major Field Requirements and Major Field Electives at KSU.


General Education (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements.   

General Education Requirements Specific to This Major:

Major Requirements (48 Credit Hours)

Business Electives (6 Credit Hours)

  • Six hours of credit from upper-division (3000/4000) course offerings outside the Major, but inside the Coles College of Business. ACCT courses cannot be used here. (A maximum of six hours of credit in Accounting Co-Ops and Internships may be used in this area. Co-Ops and Internships cannot be used in any other area.) See a Coles Professional Advisor before taking MGT courses to count here - some MGT courses cannot be used here.

Non-Business Electives (6 Credit Hours)

  • Six hours of credit from any lower-division (1000/2000) or upper-division (3000/4000) non-business courses offered at Kennesaw State.

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

University-Wide Degree Requirements (3 Credit Hours)



Accounting Majors are required to complete at least 18 hours of their Major Field Requirements and Major Field Electives at KSU.

Guidance for Selecting Electives

Students should select their three (3) Major Field Elective courses, as well as their Business Electives and Non-Business Electives courses, after careful consideration of career and/or graduate school aspirations. Discussions with faculty are advisable. Students are encouraged to review the required knowledge and skills for accounting certifications and licensure when selecting their Major Field Electives. Popular accounting certifications include CPA (Certified Public Account - see https://www.nasba.org), CMA (Certified Management Accountant - see http://www.imanet.org), and CIA (Certified Internal Auditor - see http://www.theiia.org).

Graduation Credit Hour Total (123 Credit Hours)

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