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How long will it take?

The degree requires completion of 120 credit hours. A student can expect to complete the degree in four years by taking 15 credit hours per semester (fall and spring).

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

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Students may enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer.

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Accounting, B.B.A.

Siva Nathan, B.B.A. program director
snathan@gsu.edu
404-413-7225

For help with the admissions process, contact your admissions counselor.

Robinson’s undergraduate accounting program is designed to provide the foundation-level technical and analytical knowledge and skills needed to become a professional in the accounting field and to pursue a fifth (graduate) year of accounting study as well as graduate study in law or other business fields.

Accountants today are expected to participate extensively in the general area of business management. The profession of accountancy is becoming increasingly divergent, encompassing areas such as financial and operational auditing, operations research, information systems development and assurance, financial reporting, corporate tax planning, and cost analysis and control.

In recognition of the advisability of acquiring a broadly based education in liberal arts and general business subjects, as well as the necessity of a thorough foundation in the highly specialized and diversified fields of accounting, a person desiring a career in accounting is encouraged to complete the entire professional program of study leading to the Master of Professional Accountancy degree.

Hands-on Opportunities

The School of Accountancy prides itself on innovation in the classroom. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities and classes to gain practical knowledge, develop networks, hone leadership skills, and learn more about the real world.

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.

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.

A 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.

Program Details

High School Seniors and Recent Graduates
If you’re a senior in high school or graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply using Georgia State’s Common Application.

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International students
International applicants are students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and will require an F-1 visa to study in the U.S., students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card, or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

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Transfer Students
If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation.

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Required Major Courses

  • ACCT 4101 – Essentials of Financial Reporting
  • ACCT 4102 – Essentials of Financial Reporting II
  • ACCT 4210 – Cost Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 4310 – Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 4510 – Introduction to Federal Income Taxes
  • ACCT 4750 – Technology and Values in the Accounting Profession
  • ACCT 4610 – Introduction to Assurance Services

Recommended Elective Courses

  • PSYC 1101 – Introduction to General Psychology or SOCI 1101 – Introduction to Sociology
  • LGLS 4050 – Legal Transactions and Risk
  • PHIL 3730 – Business Ethics

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Scholarships

Robinson Scholarships

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The undergraduate accounting program is designed to provide the foundation-level technical and analytical knowledge and skills needed to become a professional in the accounting field and to pursue a fifth (graduate) year of accounting study.

Careers

Program graduates work for a variety of well-respected companies including Amazon Logistics, Bank of America, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Georgia-Pacific, SunTrust, UPS, FBI, and the CIA. Our 2019 graduates reported a maximum salary of $75,000 with 81% of them employed full-time.

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data analyst

accountant

associate financial representative

auditor

financial analyst

investment analyst

tax consultant

Related Student Organizations

Students studying paperwork and working on a laptop.

Beta Alpha Psi promotes the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems by providing opportunities for self-development and service as well as encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

ALPFA’s mission is to create opportunities, add value and build relationships for its members and the community while expanding leadership in the global workforce.

Tau Alpha Chi promotes scholastic and professional excellence in the field of taxation. The group provides a forum for social interaction and networking with individuals who recruit in the field in both local and national markets.

As a leader in the business community, NABA creates opportunities for the purpose of enlarging the pipeline of African-Americans into every level of accounting and finance.

ASCEND strives to enhance the presence and influence of current and future business leaders of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and to serve as a collective voice for those communities.

Contacts

For help with the admissions process, contact your admissions counselor.

Siva Nathan, B.B.A. program director
404-413-7225
snathan@gsu.edu

35 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303