Accounting 4+1 (BBA/MSA)

ACCT4The 4+1 program in Accounting is designed to help accounting students move seamlessly into the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program upon completion of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program in accounting. Students will be allowed to double count two courses (6 sch) toward the degree requirements of both programs (BBA and MSA). Besides enhancement of knowledge in the accounting discipline, the program will help students earn additional academic coursework and hours needed to sit for the CPA exam.


Students may apply for admission into the 4+1 program after completion of their sophomore year of the BBA program. Admission will be based on consideration of multiple factors, such as the grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 in the major area and other relevant evidence of academic achievement and leadership ability.  Students must be fully admitted through the Office of Graduate Studies to satisfy the degree requirements for the MS in Accounting and to be full enrolled in the program.

Although students cannot apply for admission into the 4+1 program prior to their sophomore year of the BBA program, it is strongly advised that interested students contact the department head or the 4+1 program coordinator regarding interest in the program. A suggested degree plan follows this section.

Completion of Two Degrees

Upon successful completion of the 4+1 program, students would be awarded two degrees: the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Science in Accounting degrees.

Program Requirements

Since the 4+1 program essentially combines the BBA in Accounting and the MS in Accounting programs, the requirements for the combined program would be the same as those of the two separate programs together. These requirements are stated below.

For the BBA in accounting degree, requirements are:

University Core Curriculum 42
General Education Supplement for Accounting Majors 21
College of Business Requirements 33
Major Area Requirements 30
Total Hours 126

For the MS in Accounting (MSA) degree program, requirements are:

Required Courses 21
Elective Courses 9
Total Hours 30

Total 4+1 Program Requirements – 156 SCH

A suggested degree plan for the 4+1 program is given below. Freshmen and sophomore level students follow the degree plan for the Bachelor of Business Administration program in Accounting .

Junior Year – First Semester
ACCT 3213 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACCT 3313 Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 3333 Federal Income Tax I 3
MGMT 3013 Business Statistics 3
MGMT 3103 Principles of Management 3
MISY 2013 Fundamentals of MIS 3
Junior Year – Second Semester
ACCT 3223 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACCT 3243 Ethics for Accountants 3
BLAW 2213 Business Law 3
FINA 3103 Principles of Finance 3
MRKT 3103 Principles of Marketing 3
Senior Year – First Semester
ACCT 4213 Advanced Accounting 3
ACCT 4223 Auditing 3
ACCT 4313 Accounting Information Systems 3
MGMT 4333 Production and Operations Management 3
MSA Accounting Course*
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Senior Year – Second Semester
BCOM 3303 Business Communication (or BCOM 5203 Managerial Communication*) 3
MGMT 4303 Strategic Management and Business Policy 3
Economics Elective (or a grad course in economics)* 3
MSA Accounting Course* 3
Graduate – Summer
ACCT 5143 Accounting Theory 3
ACCT 5133 Accounting for Managerial Decision Making 3
MSA Elective 3
Graduate – First Semester
ACCT 5113 Advanced Auditing 3
BCOM 5203 Managerial Communication 3
ACCT 5123 Accounting Information Systems & Controls 3
Graduate – Second Semester
ACCT 5163 Law & Ethics for Accountants 3
ACCT 5153 Seminar on Tax Consulting, Planning and Research 3
MSA Elective 3
Total Hours 87

*Two graduate courses can be counted for credit toward BBA and MSA degrees. Consult the 4+1 program coordinator or department head for details.

For additional information, please contact one of the Accounting 4+1 Coordinators

Brian Lee, PhD   (936) 261-9258

Ada Till, CPA     (936) 261-9264


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