This page is not intended as a substitute for the catalog. Please consult with your advisor and the catalog for the year in which you were admitted.

The School of Accounting offers both a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree and a Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.) degree. The 120 credit-hour undergraduate degree consists of the four-year major in accounting, leading to the B.B.A. degree. 

During your junior year, you can choose to meet with your adviser to discuss enrolling in the graduate program, which leads seamlessly to the award of the B.B.A. degree after four years, followed by the M.S. degree at the end of five years and 150 hours of study.


Any student admitted to JMU can declare any major offered by the College of Business. However, students must make satisfactory progress in order to be formally admitted into the College of Business. Requirements to continue pursuing a B.B.A. degree, often referred to as progression standards or formal admission, can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

For specific course listings, please refer to the program of study in the undergraduate catalog.


Students who choose to complete the four-year undergraduate program will have the requisite accounting, business and general education to pursue a variety of career opportunities in accounting and business.


Students are advised that 150 hours of college education are required to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in all states. The M.S. in Accounting program is therefore recommended for those electing a career in public accounting. The professional program allows the student to concentrate in the areas of taxation or auditing; it also provides a well-rounded background in accounting and other related business disciplines. A student must be admitted to the M.S. program in order to enroll in graduate courses, and admission to the M.S. program is competitive. Students may apply following their junior year and early application for admission is encouraged. For more information on the M.S. degree, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.

Many graduates desire to gain certifications in their selected area of specialization. The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is the best known of these certifications. Students seeking CPA licensure in Virginia must meet a 150- hour education requirement, including 30 credits in accounting and 24 in business. All fifty states require students to meet the 150-hour educational requirement. The Master of Science in Accounting degree is highly recommended for those electing a career in public accounting. In addition to the CPA exam, graduates of our program sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam, the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam, the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam and others.

  • ACL 
  • Advanced EXCEL 
  • IDEA 
  • Tableau  
  • General-Purpose Accounting Software

Pre COB 300

Professor Ted Browning
ZSH 3051
(540) 568-4375  

Post COB 300

Amanda Reedy
ZSH 3124
(540) 568-3250 

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