Accounting Bachelor of Science (B.S.A.) Degree

Program Overview

Accountants provide an array of financial services to businesses, nonprofit corporations, governments, industry and even private citizens.

The curriculum is based on broad theoretical principles and applied practices. You will study:

  • core business fundamentals such as finance, marketing, management principles, operations management, quantitative business analysis, business law and strategy
  • financial reporting
  • cost management
  • accounting transaction cycles and business processes
  • business risk, internal controls and auditing
  • information systems risk, security, controls and assurance
  • taxation

The School of Accountancy’s undergraduate accounting degree prepares you to pursue such certifications as certified public accountant (after completing the state-mandated 150 semester hours of college credits), certified management accountant, certified internal auditor, and certified information systems auditor. We offer an Accelerated B.S./M.S. in Accounting degree as a seamless path toward obtaining the 150 semester credit hours needed to sit for the certified public accountant examination.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting Coursework

Undergraduate degrees at The University of Akron require a student to complete 128 credits. Please note that some number of electives might be needed in addition to required courses to equal 128 credits. The following are the credits required for Accounting majors.

  • General education requirements(minimum of 42 credits)
  • CBA core and additional business requirements(45 credits)
  • Accounting major coursework (33 credits) includes:
Required (27 credits)
3300:275 Specialized Writing: Business 3
6200:301 Cost Management and Control 3
6200:320 Accounting Systems and Internal Control 3
6200:321 Financial Reporting and Analysis I 3
6200:322 Financial Reporting and Analysis II 3
6200:330 Contemporary Federal Taxation 3
6200:431 Business Entity Taxation 3
6200:440 Assurance Services and Professional Responsibilities 3
6200:454 Information Systems Security 3

Electives (6 credits)

  • 6200:408, 6200:420, 6200:441, 6200:450, 6200:460, 6200:470, 6200:490 or 6100:495

Professional Experience

Each fall, professionals from about 40 public accounting firms, corporations, and other organizations visit campus to meet accounting majors during our Evening with the Accountants. This event starts the job recruitment season for accounting majors. As a result of contacts made at this event, many students are offered internships and full-time positions by the end of the fall semester. The CBA also has staff to help students obtain paid internships or cooperative educational positions that provide practical professional experiences.

Course Availability

University general education requirements and CBA Core classes are offered each semester, including over the summer. Please note that the number of sections available is often less during the summer semester. Courses for your major are offered in spring, summer, and fall, although every course is not offered every semester.

The George W. Daverio School of Accountancy

Learn about CBA accounting students, careers, organizations that have recently hired CBA graduates, and much more on the Accountancy Department page.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to completing all required courses for their major a student must also maintain certain cumulative GPAs to graduate:

  • 2.3 overall GPA in all courses
  • 2.0 GPA in major courses
  • 2.0 GPA in business and economics courses

Graduation Deadlines

  • Spring Graduation – Apply by December 1
  • Summer Graduation – Apply by April 1
  • Fall Graduation – Apply by July 1

Academic Resources

Resources are available to help you learn more about the school and major, and determine class schedules, requirements, and progress toward you degree.

Before you apply to The University of Akron, contact our Undergraduate Recruiter to answer your questions. Current UA students who want to be admitted to a major should be sure to visit an undergraduate Academic Adviser.

Graduation Planning Summary (GPS). The GPS is a document that lists course titles and additional, supplemental information for you as an Accounting major. When you are admitted to the CBA, you will review the GPS with your adviser, and use it in conjunction with the Degree Progress Report (DPR - see below). Download your Accounting GPS.

Once you are admitted to The University of Akron, you’ll use the Degree Progress Report (DPR), which is an online tool you can use to view information about your progress toward graduation. DARS outlines your degree requirements, marks completed courses, and shows your remaining coursework.


Once you are a student, The University of Akron and the College of Business offer tutoring services for additional help in many subjects.

  • The University of Akron offers free online tutorials for students to learn to use a variety of software programs, like Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, Google Docs, and Springboard through Atomic Learning.
  • The CBA offers tutoring on business topics.
  • The main campus library has writing and math Tutoring Services. 

Student Organizations

The College of Business Administration is associated with many student organizations through which you can expand your classroom learning and enhance your leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills. Within these organizations you will meet students from diverse backgrounds and will have opportunities to interact with business professionals, participate in competitions and organize community service projects. Students are encouraged to actively participate in the organization(s) of their choice.