Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting


As firms relocate to North Texas to take advantage of its business-friendly climate, demand for skilled financial professionals continues to grow. Unlike years ago, accounting today is about far more than just numbers. Now accountants bring unique strategic financial, analytical, technical, and critical thinking skills and knowledge to the management team. They find work homes of every kind and at every level in for-profit and not-for-profit entities, including public accounting, corporations, governments, charitable organizations, film and TV, hospitals, colleges & universities, and many others.

TWU accounting professors bring real-world accounting experience and teaching expertise that allows them to convey theories and principles in a way you can understand. Learn from excellent professionals, and benefit from many opportunities to network with professional businesspersons in Texas and beyond. Find internships that qualify for class credit and lead to permanent employment.

By completing the B.B.A. Accounting, you are well on your way toward fulfilling the requirements to sit for the CPA exam, the CMA Exam, the CIA Exam, the CFP Exam, and many other highly valued designations for financial professionals. More information for the CPA Exam follows.

Notes for students interested in becoming a Licensed Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.)

Students must complete at least a bachelor’s degree and 120 total semester credit hours with specific courses completed to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam.  They must complete a total of 150 semester hours and work experience to become a CPA. The B.B.A. in Accounting, combined with the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA), provides all courses needed for CPA eligibility under current requirements. The College of Business makes every effort to ensure that all TWU accounting and non-accounting business classes are accepted by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for CPA Exam credit. The State Board can and does change course requirements and course acceptance as the Board deems appropriate. In addition, TWU may offer elective courses that do not meet the requirements set forth by the Board. Students are subject to all Board changes until the student receives an official response 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 and may seek help from accounting faculty members.

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. Analytics and Big Data Analysis.
  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.
  6. Analytics Software:  Tableau, Alteryx, and Power BI.  Basic training in R and Python.


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 3013Financial Reporting3
ACCT 3023Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT 3043Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT 3063Income Tax Accounting I3
ACCT 3103Cost Accounting3
ACCT 4163Income Tax Accounting II3
or BUS 4953 Business Internship
ACCT 4173Accounting Information Systems3
ACCT 4193Accounting Analytics3
ACCT 4423Auditing3
BUS 3183Introduction to International Business3
ACCT or FIN Elective (3000 or 4000-level)3
Total SCHs66

Departmental Requirements

ECO 1013Principles of Microeconomics3
ECO 1023Principles of Macroeconomics3
FIN 2153Foundations of Money Management3
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I3
MATH 2203Business Analysis I3
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: First-Year Seminar 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
BUS 3183Introduction to International Business 3
MGT 3313Business Analytics 3
MKT 3113Principles of Marketing 3
ACCT or FIN Elective (3000 or 4000-level)3
 SCHs 15
Fourth Year
ACCT 3013Financial Reporting 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
BUS 4953
or ACCT 4163
Business Internship
or Income Tax Accounting II
ACCT 4173Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT 4193Accounting Analytics 3
MGT 4333Business Policy 3
 SCHs 15
 Total SCHs:  120