Degree and Major Requirements
The Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of undergraduate course work. Fifty percent of this work, or 60 credit hours, must be taken outside of the College of Business.
Many graduates desire to gain certifications in their selected area of specialization. The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is the best known of these certifications. To obtain a CPA license in Virginia, candidates must meet a 150-hour education requirement, including 24 credits in accounting and 24 in business. The U.S. Virgin Islands is the only U.S. jurisdiction that does not require at least 150 hours of education for licensure. The masters in accounting program is highly recommended for those electing a career in public accounting.
In addition to the CPA exam, graduates of our program sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam, the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam, the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam and others.
All upper-division accounting course work (300-499) must be completed at JMU.