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2023-2025 - Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2025 - Undergraduate Catalog

Accounting, B.S.B.A.

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The goal of the accounting program is to provide students with a broad knowledge and skill set which will allow them to pursue a successful and rewarding accounting and business career.  In addition to a strong technical background in accounting, our program develops a student’s ability to think critically and problem solve.  This training provides our graduates with the capability to embark on a lifetime of learning and the ability to meet the challenges of today’s quickly evolving business world.  It also provides a strong foundation for professional licensure/certification exams upon graduation.

The undergraduate program for a B.S.B.A. degree in accounting requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours, which includes the satisfactory completion of the following six required courses and one accounting elective:

B.S.B.A. Core Requirements

All B.S.B.A. majors in the John L. Grove College of Business should satisfactorily complete the 100-/200-level business core courses during their freshman and sophomore years and the 300-400-level business core courses during their junior and senior years, as listed below.


  • Students who place at the advanced level in the mathematics placement/competency test are not required to take MAT 140A /MAT 140B . In lieu of MAT 140A /MAT 140B , students are required to take an additional free elective.
  • Completion of ECO 101  and ECO 102  will satisfy the requirement for ECO 113 .

Major Course Requirements

Students should meet with their faculty advisor to plan the sequencing of their major program of study. Students interested in a double major and/or minor shall be required to take the prescribed courses in each respective major and/or minor. Students can double count one course between business majors with the permission of the respective department chair(s). Refer to the index under Double Majors and Minors for further information.

General Education

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements Specific for this major

Accounting Career Opportunities

The accounting program is designed to give students a broad exposure to the various fields of business and accounting.  Shippensburg’s B.S.B.A. in Accounting prepares students for wide ranging careers in business, industry, government and public accounting, as well as a foundation for the successful completion of professional licensure/certification examinations, such as the CPA, CMA and/or CFE upon graduation.

Accounting B.S.B.A./M.B.A. Five-Year Program

An accelerated B.S.B.A./M.B.A. program is proposed for students who are qualified on the basis of scholastic aptitude, academic performance, and accounting-related work experience. Students who qualify for the program may earn both the bachelor’s and Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) within a total period of ten semesters and two summer sessions. Students would be admitted provisionally at beginning of their fourth year upon meeting the admission requirements.

Out-of-State Licensure and Certification

Professional licensure and certification laws and regulations vary from state to state and are subject to change without notice. If you plan to pursue a professional certification or credential in a state other than Pennsylvania it is recommended that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency to obtain guidance and verify requirements prior to starting a program.  Shippensburg University’s program leads to state licensure and/or certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and may or may not meet requirements in another state.  Please see www.nasba.org/stateboards for more information.

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