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Estimated Completion

120 Credit Hours (4 years)

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Locations Available

1Admission to the off-campus locations such as Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waco, and Online require a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours, a 2.0 GPA and that a student be TSI complete.

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Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting Degree Program

Our accredited bachelor's degree program in accounting is a high-quality, innovative, relevant and flexible undergraduate program that will prepare you for entry-level jobs in accounting, as well as the CPA licensure or CMA certification exams.

You'll develop a foundation of job skills to get hired in the accounting or business industry. Whether you're just starting college, transferring from another school or looking to change careers to work in, for example, public accounting, an accredited bachelor's in accounting degree is your pathway to how to become an accountant and increased job mobility.

At Tarleton, we have one of the best business schools and colleges for accounting in Texas, with high professional exam pass rates, lower costs than other accounting bachelor's degree programs and a selection of online coursework, including all of the core business courses.

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What is Accounting?

Accounting is a versatile degree, and students who major in accounting are well-prepared to meet the demands of today's challenging and competitive workforce. Our program at Tarleton is one of the most affordable bachelor's in accounting degree programs in Texas.

Accounting is the study and practice of recording, analyzing and reporting financial transactions to determine the financial health of a business, including profit, cash flow and value. Accountants serve an important role in making business decisions.

What Can You Do With Your Bachelor's Degree in Accounting?

The bachelor's in accounting is a versatile undergraduate degree that provides a wide variety of career opportunities for graduates. You could work in public accounting, financial institutions, government accounting or nonprofit organizations. You may also qualify for a variety of jobs in many business-related areas, including sales, production management, client management, product development, procurement, general management, banking and financial planning. A bachelor's in accounting degree can be useful for entrepreneurs and business owners, such as physicians who want to run a private practice, as well.

Most of our graduates get hired as public or staff accountants, but some work in related areas such as:

  • Auditing or assurance services
  • Accounting in multinational organizations
  • Personal financial planning
  • Financial management (financial planning and analysis)
  • Cost accounting
  • Tax planning
  • Budget analysis
  • Accounts receivable
  • Payoll services

You may also be interested in Tarleton’s Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree program, which helps open up additional opportunities for jobs and careers in accounting.

Careers in Accounting

Our accredited bachelor’s in accounting degree program has one of the highest CPA exam pass rates in Texas. For 2019, Tarleton accountants achieved a 58% pass rate, significantly higher than the national average of about 54%.

How Much Do Accounting Graduates Make?

The median annual salary for accountants and auditors is nearly $70,000, and employment is projected to grow 10% from now to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Why Major in Accounting?

We offer a variety of opportunities for hands-on learning and experiences, such as study abroad, internships and student organizations.

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Prepare to work in today's digital world

Our online program curriculum is engaging and interactive, with instructional videos, one-on-one video sessions, collaboration with faculty to work through course material and solve problems, small group work and conference calls with peers. The online degree program uses technology and tools you will work with on the job. Manufacturing and industrial management majors can also download CAD software for free.

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Receive instruction and guidance from experienced faculty

Most of the faculty come from the manufacturing industry and have experience actually doing the work that they are teaching, including a professor who literally wrote the book on “World Class Manufacturing for Small Manufacturers”. We know what it takes to be successful: working together to solve problems, handling the pressure and deadlines, trying and failing, then trying and succeeding and more.

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Get help paying for college

Many of our undergraduate students are able to get help from their employers through tuition reimbursement. We offer a limited number of undergraduate student scholarships through the Department of Engineering Technology. You may also qualify for private or university scholarships and federal financial aid.

 

What Classes Will You Take as an Accounting Major?

Our bachelor's and master's degree programs provide courses recognized by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy in accounting/tax research and analysis, as well as accounting/business communications. BBA in accounting program courses fulfill 120 of the 150 required hours for students preparing to sit for the CPA exam to become certified public accountants.

Through the program coursework, you'll develop skills needed to work in a variety of settings, from government auditing to small business tax law, while developing your personal ethical philosophy based on moral, ethical and imperative questions that are applicable in the accounting profession.

Our program curriculum provides an exciting, interactive and demanding course of study using current principles, practices and tools such as spreadsheets and general ledger software commonly used in businesses. Featuring high-demand content areas, course topics include governmental and not-for-profit accounting, accounting information systems, ethics for accountants and more. The remaining 30 hours can be completed through additional undergraduate courses or the MAcc program.

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How Do You Get Started on Your Bachelor's Degree in Accounting?

Take the next step toward earning your bachelor's degree in accounting. We have the resources to help you get started.

Accounting in Waco

Learn more about Tarleton’s bachelor’s in accounting degree program in Waco at McLennan Community College.

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Transfer Into or Out of a Community College

Our program coursework is highly compatible with accountancy programs at other schools, particularly community colleges such as McLennan County, Tarrant County, Navarro County and Tyler. This helps students transfer into and out of Tarleton. In a recent period, Tarleton had one of the highest graduation rates among transfer students, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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How to Become a CPA or CMA

If you’re interested in becoming a Certified Public Accountant and/or a Certified Management Accountant, refer to the following:

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Student Activities

Getting involved with student and professional organizations provides access to opportunities outside the classroom, such as guest speakers, off-campus events and professional development. Join Tarleton’s Institute of Management Accountants Society. You may also be invited to join Delta Mu Delta, the honor society for all business majors.

What Bachelor's Degrees are Related to Accounting?

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