Accounting is the language by which businesses report to their stakeholders the results of their operations, comprehensive income, financial position and changes in cash and equities. We do this by analyzing, recording, presenting and interpreting the results of transactions and events.
If you want a challenging environment where you can compete with the best and where strength of character matters, accounting may be right for you.
Careers in Accounting
Professionals with a BBA in Accounting have a variety of career paths from which to choose, including:
- Internal Auditor
- Staff Accountant
- Revenue Agent
- Business Analyst
- Assurance Manager
- Deputy for Audit
- Accounting Supervisor
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Attributes of an Accounting Professional
- Mathematical Reasoning – The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
- Oral Comprehension – The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Written Comprehension – The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Number Facility – The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
- Problem Sensitivity – The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Inductive Reasoning – The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Deductive Reasoning – The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Day-to-Day in Accounting Careers
For a better idea of what a typical day for an accounting professional might look like, read over the following potential job duties.
- Prepare, examine or analyze accounting records, financial statements or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
- Analyze business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments and obligations to project future revenues and expenses or to provide advice.
- Advise clients in areas such as compensation, employee health care benefits, the design of accounting or data processing systems or long-range tax or estate plans.
- Collect and analyze data to detect deficient controls, duplicated effort, extravagance, fraud or non-compliance with laws, regulations and management policies.
- Inspect account books and accounting systems for efficiency, effectiveness and use of accepted accounting procedures to record transactions.
Our degree plan, which is based on core competencies identified by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, is designed to prepare you with the qualifications to sit for the CPA exam and enter the realm of professional accounting. The 120-hour BBA in Accounting is intended to develop the decision making and accounting skills needed to enter the profession.
Below is a sample of courses in the Accounting program.
- Taxation of Entities – The basic principles, concepts and methods used to obtain an understanding of income taxation of corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts.
- Fraud Examination – How and why occupational fraud is committed, how fraudulent conduct can be deterred, and how allegations of fraud should be investigated and resolved.
- International Accounting – A survey of the financial accounting, managerial accounting, and tax problems of multinational organizations.
CPA Exam and the MSA
To qualify to sit for the CPA examination, the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) requires a degree and at least 150 semester hours, including:
- 30 semester hours of approved upper division accounting courses
- 24 hours of approved upper division business courses
- an approved 3-hour course in ethics
- a minimum of 2 semester hours each in both business communications and business or tax research
That is why our 30-hour Master of Science in Accounting program fits so well with the 120-hour BBA in Accounting. UIW undergraduate accounting students with at least a B average in their accounting courses automatically have a reserved spot in the MSA program. Both the BBA and MSA are designed to be completed in five years, providing accounting students with the requirements to sit for the CPA exam.
Learn more about the MSA program
Business programs in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration are accredited by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The University of the Incarnate Word is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Read more about accreditation.