The B.B.A. in Accountancy program provides students with the foundation needed to secure entry-level positions in the field.
Additionally, it grooms students for a Master of Professional Accountancy degree as well as graduate studies in other business areas or law.
Georgia State’s undergraduate catalog lists the required coursework for the program as well as a suggested schedule of study.
We take pride in exposing students to the real world so their learning goes beyond textbooks.
Hands-on projects in the B.B.A. in Accountancy program include:
Cost Managerial Accounting (ACCT 4210)
Students create a product (i.e., a baked good) and are responsible for determining that product’s direct material, labor, and overhead costs. The project is carried through the semester to build on other concepts.
Intermediate Accounting I (ACCT 4111)
Students operate as consultants for a fictional plumbing company. They analyze the client’s financial data, prepare an income statement as well as a balance sheet, and draw conclusions about the company’s profitability and liquidity.
Over the course of another project, students select an accounting area in which U.S. and international accounting standards differ. The resulting presentations should address the nature of those differences, weigh their pros and cons, and identify under what circumstances the U.S. standards are superior and vice versa.
Intermediate Accounting III (ACCT 4113)
Students prepare and analyze pension documentation in Excel for a few hundred fictional employees, which closely mirrors tasks that a chief financial officer or controller might perform in a company with a defined benefit plan.
Introduction to Federal Income Taxes (ACCT 4510)
Students learn how to advise clients on a number of issues in the areas of property transactions; retirement planning; healthcare planning; operational and structural entity transactions; and other special issues unique to individuals, investors and businesses.
One special take-home project requires students to advise a client on the optimum amount to withdraw from multiple traditional IRAs held at various institutions. The course’s final exam includes questions testing students on their grasp of the tax law governing IRA distributions and the data analytic applications associated with this project.
Introduction to Assurance Services (ACCT 4610)
Through Confirmation.com, a leading platform that auditors and accounting firms use to manage their audit confirmation processes, students perform a mock audit procedure over the confirmation of cash balances.
Over the course of another required project, students perform audit procedures such as the analysis of financial statements as well as the assessment of materiality and audit risk.
Accounting Information Systems (ACCT 4310)
Students analyze how the minimum credit score required for loans at a fictional used car lot affects those loans’ performance. Students ultimately advise the “CFO” whether the credit score requirement should be raised.
Students help maximize the same fictional used car lot’s financial performance. Students design and implement a graph that helps visualize how to adjust inventory based on the increasing or decreasing popularity of certain kinds of cars.
Students advise clients from a fictional convenience store chain on its supply chain management system in order to increase sales over time.
For the same fictional convenience store chain, students identify internal control weaknesses and recommend changes, as well as evaluate the correctness of a spreadsheet-enabled process for managing customer invoices.
Students hash out opportunities for increasing the popularity of a fictional restaurant chain as well as the associated risks. They then develop querying objectives for each risk and opportunity, and present their findings to “the board.”
Please note: while every section of the above courses might not include exactly the above projects, faculty incorporate real-world learning into the curriculum.