Accounting Major (B.B.A.)
The mission of the School of Accountancy is to provide an engaging learning experience that transforms students into promising accounting professionals of integrity ready to serve the global economy. We provide a superior education with competent professors who challenge their students to excel and who support their students' professional aspirations. The School of Accountancy has maintained separate AACSB (the highest accounting accrediting body) accounting accreditation since 1995.
The curriculum completed by School of Accountancy graduates provides all accounting and business courses required to sit for the CPA examination (generally referred to as being CPA ready) in most jurisdictions. Successful students can choose to complete the 150 semester hour requirement by double majoring as an undergraduate student or by enrolling in a one-year graduate program (such as Ohio University's Master of Accountancy program). The School of Accountancy curriculum incorporates an active learning approach for teaching. This approach goes beyond preparing students in technical accounting content by emphasizing teamwork, professional research of accounting issues, and communication skills.
Freshmen will be admitted to the College on a selective basis. Normally, you will need to be in the top 20 percent of your high school class, with a strong college preparatory curriculum. You are expected to have above-average GPA (3.0 or better) and also have demonstrated leadership potential through participation in extracurricular activities or work experience. Members of groups that are historically underrepresented in business will receive special consideration.
Change of Program Policy
The College of Business allows a limited number of students from other Ohio University academic colleges to apply for transfer into the College of Business. It should be noted that the transfer requirements differ for students at the end of their freshmen year and students in their sophomore and junior years. The College of Business reserves the right to limit transfer admissions as necessary.
External Transfer Admission
Any student considering transfer to the College of Business is strongly encouraged to contact the College's Office of Student Services as early as possible. You must be enrolled in the College before your senior year to allow for the College's 32-hour residency requirement. You must earn at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the business degree at Ohio University. Accounting majors are expected to complete all upper level accounting courses at Ohio University. One or two upper level accounting courses may be completed at another AACSB - accredited accounting program with the approval of the Director of the School.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Students are prepared to successfully complete the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination and are well prepared to work in careers with public accounting firms, with state and federal government organizations, within corporations as part of the corporate accounting staff or internal auditing staff, with not-for-profit organizations, and with law enforcement organizations performing financial forensic evaluation (e.g.. FBI, CIA, etc).