Accounting - B.B.A.

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Degree & Major: Accounting - B.B.A.
College Name: Terry College of Business
Department Name: J.M. Tull School of Accounting
Contact:
Christie L. Tarpley
Academic Advisor
mcl26@uga.edu
(706) 542-1616

Laura L. Clark
Program Coordinator
lclark@terry.uga.edu
(706) 542-1616
   
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

 
Description: The major in accounting is designed to give the student an understanding of the theory of accounting as it is used in our society. All accounting majors must take 24 hours of required courses.
 
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Career Opportunities: Students in this major are prepared for accounting careers in private, public or governmental organizations.

Accounting education also provides an excellent background for non-business professions such as law, and is a sound basis for advancement to top-level management positions.
Expectations
of Transfer Students:
Students should expect to commit to a minimum of four semesters to complete the required courses when they begin the major-level accounting courses.

With Tull School approval, accounting majors may be eligible to transfer one major-level accounting course into the program; transfer credit is typically allowed for the equivalent of ACCT 5200, Audit I, or ACCT 5400, Tax I.

Students are expected to have completed the equivalent of ACCT 2101, Accounting Principles I, within one year before enrolling in ACCT 5000, Intermediate Accounting I; longer intervals may require a review or "audit" of the Accounting Principles material.

Students are encouraged to participate in Beta Alpha Psi, the national honorary accounting fraternity, and NABA, the National Association of Black Accountants.

All accounting majors will prepare for their job search with information provided in ACCT 5710 and ACCT 5720. Recruiting activities are highlighted with an Accounting Career Fair held fall semester.
Special Requirements: Any individual wishing to work in public accounting will be required to take the Certified Public Accountant Examination (CPA Exam). In Georgia, the CPA license is a two-step process:

To qualify to sit for the exam in Georgia, candidates must have:

Earned a degree in accounting with at least 20 hours in accounting beyond the introductory/principle courses

To qualify for the license in Georgia, candidates must have:

1. Passed all four parts of the CPA Exam
2. Satisfied the work experience requirement as determined by the State Board of Accountancy
3. Provide proof of a total of 150 semester hours of credit, to include a minimum of 30 hours of accounting, beyond the introductory/principle courses

Because of the requirement to eventually complete an additional year of education, we believe that a Masters degree is the best way to satisfy the requirement. We encourage our students to apply to either the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) or the Five-Year Program (BBA/MAcc). The MAcc is a standard post-baccalaureate degree program in which accepted candidates must have earned their bachelor degree before enrolling in the MAcc. The Five-Year program is an integrated program, allowing our outstanding undergraduate students to gain early admission into the Graduate School. Similar to a “joint enrollment” program, the Five-Year candidate begins taking graduate courses prior to completion of the BBA and completes both the BBA and MAcc requirements. Both approaches require one additional year of study beyond the undergraduate degree. The student is awarded the MAcc degree upon completion of either graduate program. Because a Five-Year Program student is a graduate student, financial aid in the form of graduate assistantships may be available.
Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded at the annual Spring Accounting Honors & Awards Ceremony. These awards are sponsored by various public accounting firms, industry, and organizations that support accounting education. Applicants must be MAcc students or accounting majors enrolled in their second (or later) series of upper-level accounting courses to be eligible for consideration.
Study Abroad: UGA Studies Abroad - Cortona Italy, UGA Study Abroad in Verona Italy, London Study Abroad Program, UGA at Oxford Study Abroad Program.
Internships: Internships are an integral part of the program; however, they are not required and are not guaranteed to a student.

Details on the process are made available to students through the ACCT 5710 and ACCT 5720 courses.
Student Organizations: Beta Alpha Psi is the national honorary accounting fraternity: http://www.uga.edu/bap/

NABA is the National Association of Black Accountants: https://www.facebook.com/naba.uga
Available Graduate Programs: Master of Accountancy (MAcc) at UGA;
Five-Year (BBA/MAcc) Program at UGA
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