Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting


As corporations and industries relocate to north Texas to take advantage of its business-friendly climate, the demand for skilled professional accountants continues to grow.  If you love numbers and want to work in corporate or forensic accounting, auditing, or become a corporate controller or Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the B.B.A. in Accounting gives you the educational background you need to get there. With our degree in Accounting, you are prepared to work as a professional accountant from day one.  In addition, you will be well on your way toward fulfilling the requirements you need for the CPA exam if that is your professional goal. See below for more information on the requirements for the CPA exam. 

Our professors have real-world accounting expertise, and teaching experience that allows them to convey the theories and principles of accounting in a way you can understand.  Learn from some of the best professionals in the field and benefit from many opportunities you will have to network with professional accountants in north Texas.  Our student accounting organizations sponsor many business networking events every year and we welcome all students to participate.  Through these events, you will have a chance to meet other professional accountants, meet business recruiters, and build your own professional network. 

Notes for students interested in becoming a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

CPA candidates must complete a total of 150 semester credit hours, including an additional 6 semester credit hours of upper-level accounting courses to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam. The College of Business attempts to ensure that all accounting and non-accounting business classes offered are accepted by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for CPA Exam credit. The B.B.A. in Accounting, when combined with the M.B.A.-Accounting, is designed to provide all courses needed for CPA eligibility under current requirements. The State Board can and does make changes in course requirements and course acceptance as the Board deems appropriate. In addition, TWU may offer elective courses from time to time that do not meet any specific requirements set forth by the Board. Students are subject to all Board changes until the student receives an official letter from the State Board indicating that the student has fulfilled all requirements. Students interested in becoming qualified to sit for the CPA Exam must work with the State Board to determine their eligibility.

Classes are located on our Denton campus in face-to-face and online formats.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

Core Skills

  1. Analytical Competence: B.B.A. Accounting Specific Application- Ability to think analytically; Ability to use analytical tools to make decisions. General Employment Application- Effectiveness in problem-solving; Efficient use of common analytical tools.
  2. Diversity: B.B.A. Accounting Specific Application- Ability to work well within a diverse organization. General Employment Application- Working in diverse teams for auditing, tax, internal projects, and consulting projects
  3. Ethical Reasoning: B.B.A. Accounting Specific Application- Ethical reasoning; Objectivity, independence, due professional care; Conflict resolution. General Employment Application- Requires ethics education for CPAs, CMAs, and other accounting professionals.
  4. Teamwork: B.B.A. Accounting Specific Application-Ability to be an effective worker in team situations. General Employment Application-Audit teams, Tax teams, Project management teams.

Disciplined-Based Skills

  1. Generally Accepted Auditing Principles: B.B.A. Accounting Specific Application- Knowing and applying general, fieldwork, and auditing reporting standards. General Employment Application- Ability to assist in performing external and internal audits of various business entities; Ability to assist external and internal auditors with audit of business.
  2. Basic Individual and Entity Tax Law: B.B.A. Accounting Specific Application- Ability to know, apply, and research tax law as it relates to individuals and business entities. General Employment Application-Preparing individual tax returns; Preparing entity tax returns, providing tax planning advice.
  3. Excel Skills: B.B.A. Accounting Specific Application- Create pivot tables, create horizontal and vertical lookups; Write formulas and models in Excel; Use present and future value; Use if/then and other conditional formatting functions. General Employment Application- Considered a basic and necessary skill for all accounting positions; Analyzing organizational and client data; Preparing tables, reports, charts; Use in analytical computations and quantitative decision-making.
  4. QuickBooks and other Accounting Software: B.B.A. Accounting Specific Application- Recording accounting transactions and adjustments; Preparing financial statements; Preparing other financial reports General Employment Application- Ability to process accounting transactions and adjustments for external and internal purposes for all types of business entities. Knowledge of one accounting package is easily transferable to any software package used by business entities.
  5. Tax Preparation Software: B.B.A. Accounting Specific Application-Preparing individual, corporate, and partnership tax returns using tax software. General Employment Application- Preparing individual tax returns; Preparing entity tax returns.


All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120   

Major: 66 SCH

Program Code: BUSACCT.BBA  CIP Code: 52.0301.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

ACCT 2043Fundamentals of Accounting I3
ACCT 2053Fundamentals of Accounting II3
BUS 3013Business Law and Ethics3
BUS 3163Business Communications3
FIN 3053Business Finance3
MGT 3003Principles of Management3
MGT 3313Business Analytics3
MGT 3533Management Information Systems3
MGT 4333Business Policy (taken in final semester)3
MGT 4563Operations Management3
MKT 3113Principles of Marketing3
ACCT 3023Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT 3043Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT 3063Income Tax Accounting I3
ACCT 3103Cost Accounting3
ACCT 4023Advanced Accounting3
ACCT 4163Income Tax Accounting II3
ACCT 4173Accounting Information Systems3
ACCT 4183Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting3
ACCT 4193Accounting Analytics3
ACCT 4423Auditing3
BUS 3183Introduction to International Business3
Total SCHs66

Departmental Requirements

ECO 1013Principles of Microeconomics (may be applied from core)3
ECO 1023Principles of Macroeconomics (may be applied from core)3
FIN 2153Foundations of Money Management (may be applied from core)3
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I (may be applied from core)3
MATH 2203Business Analysis I (may be applied from core)3
Total SCHs15

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I MATH 13423
ECO 1013Principles of Microeconomics ECON 23023
Life & Physical Science Core3
 SCHs 16
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Wellness CAO Core2
Life & Physical Science Core3
ECO 1023Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 23013
 SCHs 14
Second Year
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
MATH 2203Business Analysis I MATH 13243
ACCT 2043Fundamentals of Accounting I ACCT 23013
 SCHs 15
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Creative Arts Core3
ACCT 2053Fundamentals of Accounting II ACCT 23023
FIN 2153Foundations of Money Management BUSI 13073
Non-Business Elective3
 SCHs 15
Third Year
ACCT 3023Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACCT 3063Income Tax Accounting I 3
ACCT 3103Cost Accounting 3
BUS 3163Business Communications 3
MGT 3003Principles of Management 3
 SCHs 15
ACCT 3043Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACCT 4163Income Tax Accounting II 3
BUS 3183Introduction to International Business 3
MGT 3313Business Analytics 3
MKT 3113Principles of Marketing 3
 SCHs 15
Fourth Year
ACCT 4023Advanced Accounting 3
ACCT 4423Auditing 3
FIN 3053Business Finance 3
MGT 3533Management Information Systems 3
MGT 4563Operations Management 3
 SCHs 15
BUS 3013Business Law and Ethics 3
ACCT 4173Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT 4183Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting 3
ACCT 4193Accounting Analytics 3
MGT 4333Business Policy 3
 SCHs 15
 Total SCHs:  120