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The School of Accounting offers both a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree and a Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.) 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.A. degree at the end of five years and 150 hours of study.

Major Coursework and upper B.B.A. Core

  • COB 300A – Integrated Business: Management
  • COB 300B – Integrated Business: Finance
  • COB 300C – Integrated Business: Operations
  • COB 300D – Integrated Business: Marketing
  • COB 318 – Legal and Ethical Environment of Business  
    Note: COB 318 must be taken before COB 487.
  • COB 487 – Strategic Management 
  • ACTG 295 – Accounting Ethics
  • ACTG 302 – Introduction to the Profession: Role of Accountants
  • ACTG 303 – Basic Spreadsheet Skills for Analysis and Reporting of Accounting Information
  • ACTG 304 – Advanced Spreadsheet Skills for Analysis and Reporting of Accounting Information
  • ACTG 313 – Accounting Information Systems
  • ACTG 343 – Corporate Financial Reporting I
  • ACTG 344 – Corporate Financial Reporting II
  • ACTG 377 – Federal Income Tax Accounting
  • ACTG 410 – Auditing
  • ACTG 475 – Accounting Decision Making and Control

Two Degree Programs

B.B.A.

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.

M.S.A.

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.A. 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.A. program in order to enroll in graduate courses, and admission to the M.S.A. program is competitive. Students may apply following their junior year and early application for admission is encouraged. For more information on the M.S.A. degree, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.

Pathway Option

  • Junior - First Semester: COB 300, ACTG 343, ACTG 302
  • Junior - Second Semester: ACTG 344, ACTG 303, ACTG 313
  • Senior - First Semester: COB 318, ACTG 377, ACTG 304, ACTG 295 or COB 487 
  • Senior - Second Semester: ACTG 410, ACTG 475, ACTG 295 or COB 487

Some students may be prepared to take COB 300 at the end of their sophomore year, particularly those with numerous AP and dual enrollment hours. 

Recommended Minors

Certifications

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.

Software and Technical Skills

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

Academic Advisors

Pre COB300

Anne McGuigan 
(540) 568-3179 
mcguigam@jmu.edu

Post COB300

Amanda Reedy
(540) 568-3250
reedyaj@jmu.edu

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