Accounting Degree

The role of accountants in business continues to evolve with the accelerating demands of a global economy. While traditional skills will always be in demand, accountants are now required to supplement their financial expertise with technical and communication skills. The next generation of accountants will need the knowledge and ability to analyze financial information and convert those results into predictive tools. Ultimately, successful businesses are managed by financial information. No one is better prepared or qualified to produce, analyze, and interpret that information than an accountant.

In order to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination, students are required to have 36 hours of accounting, all of which are available in the HSU curriculum. Students must also have 150 total hours of academic credit from an accredited institution; that is, 26 hours beyond the 124 hours required for the B.B.A. degree.

The CPA examination and its prerequisites are only required of those students going into public accounting. For those going into private industry or the nonprofit sector, the traditional B.B.A. with a major in accounting will be adequate preparation. The Kelley College of Business does offer the joint B.B.A.-M.B.A. program so that students working toward the 150-hour requirement can obtain a masters degree with little additional coursework.

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Associate Professor of Accounting

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Majors

  • Accounting (B.B.A.)

Minors

  • Accounting Minor (B.S., B.B.S.)

Why Study Accounting at HSU?

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Joint Bachelor-Masters Program

The Kelley College of Business offers a joint B.B.A.-M.B.A. program so that students working toward the 150-hour requirement can obtain a masters degree with little additional coursework.

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Prepped for Success

Successful businesses are managed by financial information. No one is better prepared or qualified to produce, analyze, and interpret that information than an accountant – 36% of all Fortune 500 CFOs are Certified Public Accountants!

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Job Growth

Accounting jobs are expected to grow by 10% annually through 2026.

Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:

B.B.A Major

Minor

Students who plan to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination need more credits in accounting than those required by the major. The Texas State Board of Public Accounting (TSBPA) requires 30 accounting credits beyond Principles of Accounting I and II. The Kelley College of Business offers sufficient courses to satisfy this 30-credit requirement. In addition to the TSBPA course requirements, TSBPA also requires a minimum of 150-semester credits from an accredited institution. Thus, a student planning to sit for the CPA exam will have to take 26 credits beyond the 124 credits required for the B.B.A. degree. Students may want to consider B.B.A.-to-M.B.A. Early Admission and continue into the M.B.A. program to meet the additional credit requirement.

All HSU students are eligible for the program.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), accounting jobs are expected to grow by 10 percent annually through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. This is good news as accounting majors will be in demand for the foreseeable future and can expect a long career in their chosen field. The employment rate for accountants tends to move with the business cycle, which means that as the economy grows, accounting jobs will grow proportionately.

Salary Expectations for Accountants

In May 2017, the annual salary for accountants averaged $69,350. The lowest 10 percent earned $43,020 while the highest 10 percent earned $122,220. The industry an accountant works does not seem to be a determinant of salary. The highest median salary of $74,140 is found in finance and insurance. The lowest median salary is found in government accounting jobs, totaling $67,100.

The HSU accounting program strives to prepare those seeking to become an accounting professional for whatever career path they may choose. From public accounting to running your own business, the HSU accounting program will provide you with the skill set you need to be successful. Contrary to the typical stereotype, accounting involves logic, thinking outside the box, quantitative skills, creativity, leadership, and the ability to work well as part of a team. Accounting is a rewarding career choice that opens countless doors—come join us!

Why should I choose Accounting?

Accounting is the language of business! Every business needs an accountant!

What will I learn from my major?

  • How to prepare, read, and understand financial statements
  • How accountants assist managers in making strategic decisions
  • How accountants help determine product price, break-even point, target net income, etc. to assist managers, the marketing department, and other financial departments
  • How to utilize accounting systems and software
  • How to build and read a budget
  • In depth looks at individual and/or corporate taxation, auditing, governmental & non-profit accounting, and accounting for consolidations depending on chosen electives.
Bailey SchererBailey Scherer – Tax Accountant, Eide Bailly LLP

Hardin-Simmons provides a unique environment for growth and self-discovery. HSU surrounds you with professors that genuinely want to get to know you and help you succeed. Hardin-Simmons is a place that pushes you to be your best self and discover your dreams among peers and professors who will help you reach those dreams.”

Kevin HarrisKevin Harris – Accountant, Eide Bailly LLP

At HSU, I was surrounded by people that pushed me spiritually and intellectually. HSU paved the way for me and my professional career. I consider HSU to be a cornerstone of how I got to where I am today. The business professors at Hardin-Simmons taught me more than accounting, they taught me what the business world is really like.”