Dec 07, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting BSBA

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The School of Accountancy offers students the opportunity to earn a BSBA in accounting. Graduates have the educational background necessary for advancement in public, corporate and governmental accounting organizations. The accounting curriculum includes the breadth and depth of business and accounting knowledge as well as the professional skills needed to ensure that graduates of the program possess the competencies necessary to succeed in these organizations.

School of Accountancy faculty are actively engaged in academic, professional and pedagogical research to advance the accounting discipline, the accounting profession and accounting education. Through research and professional development, accounting faculty continuously hone their professional skills while ensuring curricular material is both current and relevant. Faculty also fulfill institutional and professional service responsibilities and establish and maintain close ties with accounting firms located within the Gulf South region, thereby enabling the School of Accountancy to better serve this important constituency.

Accounting BSBA Degree Requirements (120 hours)  

Accounting BSBA Semester Guide  

Availability: Hattiesburg Campus and Gulf Park Campus

Admission Requirements: See University Admission Policies  

Program Academic Policies and Requirements:

  • See University Academic Policies and Requirements  
  • A grade of C or better in all accounting courses is required for graduation.
  • Accounting majors initially enrolling in the 2010-11 catalog year and thereafter will be allowed two attempts to make a grade of C or better in ACC 300 and 400 level courses. An attempt includes any withdrawal after the last day to drop without academic penalty. Two unsuccessful attempts to pass an accounting course with a grade of C or better will result in disenrollment from the Accounting program. Students disenrolled as a result of this process may petition to the director of the School of Accountancy for reinstatement to the program; petition for reinstatement must cite the reasons such consideration should be granted.
  • All students (both undergraduate and graduate) planning to enroll in ACC 325 - Intermediate Accounting I , must pass the Principles of Accounting Competency Examination (PACE) prior to the last day to register for a full-semester class in order to remain enrolled in ACC 325 . Upon enrolling in ACC 325 , students will have access to a special PACE Canvas site that provides information about the PACE and learning materials to prepare for it. The PACE exam will be offered a number of times prior to the last "add" date. The scheduled test times will be posted on the PACE Canvas site as soon as they are determined. Beginning in fall of 2018, students enrolling in ACC 325  must have earned a grade of B or better in ACC 200  and ACC 220  to meet prerequisite requirements.
  • See College of Business and Economic Development Academic Policies   


The School of Accountancy offers an opportunity for undergraduate students to intern with a public accounting firm during the spring semester of their senior year. During the first half of the spring semester, interning students are away from campus as full-time interns, earning 6 credit hours in ACC 392 - Accounting Internship . During the second half of the spring semester, interning students return to campus and enroll in two compressed accounting core courses (6 credit hours). To accommodate this internship opportunity, students planning to seek internships must enroll in the College of Business and Economic Development's capstone course, MGT 400 , during the fall semester of their senior year. Students desiring internship opportunities should work closely with the School's internship coordinator as well as the accounting academic advisor. More information regarding internships may be found on the Internship Program web page.

Program Recommendations:

As the knowledge required to practice accounting is expanding rapidly, qualified students are encouraged to pursue a fifth year of study leading to a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA). The BSBA accounting curriculum is integrated with the MPA program. MPA graduates are especially prepared for careers in public accounting, and they meet the course and credit-hour requirements to sit for the nationally administered Certified Public Accounting examination. See the Graduate Bulletin for MPA admission and curriculum requirements.

Accreditation: This program is accredited by AACSB International.

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