Accounting Concentration

Business Administration, BBA

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Accountants are the financial gatekeepers of the world. Every business, organization, and government agency depends on accounting professionals to manage their finances.

The Accounting concentration prepares students for entry-level professional positions in broad areas such as auditing, financial, tax, and management accounting. It is ideal for students that are good with numbers, have a strong sense of organization and attention to detail, and are fascinated by the flow of money. The field of accounting offers stimulating and challenging work that is constantly evolving.

This concentration is designed to provide students with the necessary background to obtain a professional certification by meeting the requirements to become a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or with additional semester hours, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA); or necessary undergraduate preparation for graduate study in Accounting or Business Administration.

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BBA Only

This concentration is only available within the BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) degree program.

On Campus Program

This concentration must be completed in-person on the MUW campus.

Employment Opportunities

  • Certified Public Accounting (CPA)
  • Auditing
  • General Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Budget Analysis
  • Tax Accounting
  • Self-employment
  • Government Accounting
  • Public Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Business/Financial Consulting
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Accelerated Bachelor’s/MBA

In the Accelerated Bachelor/MBA Program, you will take undergraduate and graduate classes at the same time, substituting some required undergraduate classes with MBA classes. You can take up to 12 of the 36 hours required for the MBA early.

Accelerated MBA Program

Business Administration, BBA - Accounting Concentration Curriculum

This information is presented for informational purposes. In the event of a discrepancy between this page and the Undergraduate Bulletin, the Bulletin should always be used.

General Education Curriculum

In keeping with The W's Mission, the General Education Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to become independent, productive members of society in our continually changing world.

The W's General Education Program provides a foundation in the liberal arts that includes knowledge in the historical, literary, aesthetic, scientific, and cultural traditions that shape the world, and fosters skills that allow students to become civically responsible life-long learners ready to adapt to new challenges.

All students who complete the Mississippi University for Women general education program will demonstrate:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Quantitative & Technology Skills
  • Understanding of Self, Global Societies, & the Natural World
  • Life-Long Learning

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Bachelor of Business Administration Requirements

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree is a four year degree offered through the Department of Business with a major in Business Administration and concentrations in Accounting, General Business, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. Specific program requirements can be found in the Business Administration major descriptions for each concentration. A minimum of 120 hours is required for graduation under this curriculum.

Business Core Requirements

Required Business Courses

Minimum grade of C or higher required

  • BU 105 - Fundamentals of Success in Business
  • MIS 160 - Spreadsheet Applications
  • EC 201 - Principles of Economics I
  • EC 202 - Principles of Economics II
  • ACC 211 - Principles of Accounting I
  • ACC 212 - Principles of Accounting II
  • BQA 345 - Advanced Statistical Analysis for Business
  • FIN 355 - Business Finance
  • MKT 361 - Principles of Marketing
  • MGT 333 - Organizational Communication
  • MGT 381 - Principles of Management
  • MGT 385 - Operations/Production Management
  • MGT 497 - Strategic Management
  • PLG 241 - The Legal Environment of Business

Other Required Courses

Minimum grade of C required

  • COM 101 - Oral Communication
  • MA 123 - Statistics
    BQA 170 - Statistical Analysis for Business

Additional Requirements

  • Peregrine Assessment
  • Senior Exit Exam by Concentration
  • Senior Business Exit Questionnaire

Concentration Requirements

Minimum grade of C required

  • ACC 310 - Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 311 - Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC 312 - Tax Accounting I
  • ACC 315 - Cost Accounting I
  • MGT 382 - Organizational Behavior
  • ACC 405 - Government and Nonprofit Accounting
  • ACC 406 - Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 407 - Advanced Accounting I
  • ACC 412 - Auditing

Select two from the following:

  • ACC 316 - Cost Accounting II
  • ACC 408 - Advanced Accounting II
  • ACC 464 - Tax Accounting II

Total Hours Required for Business Administration, BBA - Accounting Concentration: 120 Semester Hours


Students planning to sit for the CPA exam in Mississippi must complete a minimum of 150 semester hours of college education including a baccalaureate or higher degree with an accounting concentration to include a minimum of 48 hours of upper division or graduate level accounting and business related courses. Accounting courses must be a minimum of 24 of the 48 hours and include at minimum, three semester hours in each of the following areas: financial accounting, auditing, taxation, management/cost accounting, and government/not for profit accounting. In order to meet the 150 hour requirement and in order to be prepared for the CPA exam or a graduate program in accounting, the following list of courses, some of which are not absolute requirements of the BBA Accounting concentration, are suggested:

  • ACC 316 - Cost Accounting II
  • MIS 320 - Database Applications
  • ACC 408 - Advanced Accounting II
  • ACC 464 - Tax Accounting II
  • ACC 465 - Managerial Accounting
  • PHL 306 - Business Ethics