Business Administration Accounting Specialization

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Accounting Specialization

Program Description

A degree from Auburn University at Montgomery will give you a number of career choices. When you graduate, you will be equipped to work in a variety of professional settings, including public accounting, for-profit entities, and/or government/non-profit agencies.  The problem-solving skills and ethical awareness you’ll develop at AUM will prepare you to earn professional certifications and professional leadership roles.

Seniors in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with an accounting specialization program can take graduate classes in the Master of Accountancy degree program and waive the GMAT with good grades.

Why AUM's School of Accountancy

Points of Pride

  • Auburn University at Montgomery’s School of Accountancy is the only AACSB – International separately accredited accounting program in Montgomery and the River Region, putting AUM’s accounting program in the top 1% of accounting programs in the world.
  • The program provides undergraduate and graduate courses that prepare you for positions in accounting, graduate studies, and/or meeting the education requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) examination in Alabama.
  • Graduates are employed by international, regional and local CPA firms, government agencies, industry, and nonprofit organizations.

Clubs and Organizations

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for accounting students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. To be eligible, students must be in an accounting degree program with at least a 3.0 GPA. See more information at AUMBAP.org.

Get to know your fellow accounting majors and faculty members by joining the Accounting Club. This club encourages academic achievement and provides an opportunity to learn from professionals about the many career choices offered to accounting graduates. For more information contact Haley Daniel in the School of Accountancy at (334) 244-3136 or [email protected].

The purpose of the Accounting Advisory Board is to assist the mission of the School of Accountancy, College of Business, and Auburn University at Montgomery. The objectives of the Accounting Advisory Board includes providing a channel of communication between the School and the professional accounting community, advising the School in determining direction of its instructional and non-instructional programs, and assisting with the placement of graduates.

Click here to learn more about the Accounting Advisory Board and see this year’s roster.

The Government Financial Management Student Society – gives students an opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the government financial management sector and become affiliated with the Government Finance Officers Association (GOA) and Association of Government Accountants (AGA) professional organizations at the international level as well as regional level. Club members are also encouraged to attend local and national networking and training events for the professional organizations

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

Employment prospects for accountants are bright and salary expectations even better. Job growth for financial operations executives is expected to be about average, growing 8 percent in the next ten years.  But the 2014 median annual wage for business and financial occupations of $64,790 was significantly higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.

Robert Half 2019 Salary Guide 
JobMedian Pay
Controller$115,000 per year
Manager in Public Accounting$102,000 per year
Staff Accountant/auditor$45,000-51,000 per year

BSBA Accounting Specialization

The accounting specialization prepares students to enter a variety of accounting careers. Students should finish the required College of Business core curriculum before starting the Accounting Specialization. The accounting program consists of six required core courses, designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills generally expected of all entry-level accountants, and two required accounting electives. Students have the opportunity to select electives, allowing them to tailor their educational experience based on their goals after AUM.

Our program objectives are to provide students with the:

  • Educational background for entry into and advancement in the accounting profession
  • Skills necessary for success in the accounting profession, including the ability to: 
    • Research problems using the appropriate professional literature
    • Apply advanced accounting concepts in problem solving and decision making
    • Define their ethical responsibilities as members of the accounting profession

For More Information

School of Accountancy

Auburn University at Montgomery
Clement Hall 315B
[email protected]

Soaring Warhawks

  • Kath Carter, CPA is the Global TAS Business Development Leader at Ernst and Young.
  • Rodrick Shiver, CPA is Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Shiver Certified Public Accountants.
  • Mitch Stroud is Manager of Cost Accounting at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing.
  • Kelly Butler – Alabama State Budget Officer – Retired.
  • Dr. Kathleen D. Baxter is the Comptroller for the State of Alabama.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Accounting major includes:

Course #Course NameCourse Description
ACCT 3110Intermediate Accounting IThe study of accounting theory as it applies to accounting practice and financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles.
ACCT 3120Intermediate Accounting IIContinuation of ACCT 3110 with introduction of specialized accounting topics. Prerequisite ACCT 3110.
ACCT 3130Intermediate Accounting IIIContinuation of ACCT 3120 with introduction of specialized accounting topics. Prerequisite ACCT 3120.
ACCT 3200Accounting Information Systems (writing intensive)Introduction to accounting information systems with an emphasis on the understanding of transactions and relationships found in basic transaction cycles and the internal controls required by management.
ACCT 3210Managerial Cost AccountingThe study of cost behavior as it relates to cost accumulation, allocation and control procedures for manufacturing, service and governmental organizations, with an emphasis on job-order, process, activity and standard costing methods along with related budgeting and planning techniques.
ACCT 3310Income Tax AccountingIncome Tax Accounting (3). Pr. junior standing. Income taxation of individuals, sole proprietors, partnerships, corporations and fiduciaries with emphasis on role of taxation in the business decision-making process and use of tax software; introduction to partnerships, corporations and estate taxation.
ACCT 4410Auditing Financial StatementsPrinciples and procedures of financial statements audits conducted in accordance with professional auditing standards; reviews and compilations; professional ethics and auditor independence.

Accounting electives — 6 semester hours; grades below “C” in these electives are not acceptable for graduation.

The State Initiative Program

This program was developed by the Auburn University at Montgomery School of Accountancy and the state government members of its Accounting Advisory Board. The program development was driven by the installation of the State of Alabama’s new accounting systems and the need for state employees to receive formal education to increase their accounting knowledge and skills. This State Initiative Program continues AUM’s commitment to facilitate the educational needs of the State of Alabama’s employees. If you have any questions, or need help with step-by-step application instructions, contact Angie Corbett at [email protected] or 334-244-3274.

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