Students who wish to earn the Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting must be admitted to the accounting program. Undergraduate accounting majors are subject to the probation and dismissal rules described in the Bachelor of Business Administration section of the Catalog and are governed by the Tippie Honor Code.

The B.B.A. is not sufficient preparation for CPA licensure in states that have passed a 150-hour law, including Iowa.

The Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 25 s.h. of work for the major. All required major course work must be taken at the University of Iowa. Students must be admitted to the accounting program in order to major in accounting. Course work in the program provides concentrated coverage of professional accounting subjects and closely related topics in commercial law, business, and information systems.

To enter the program, undergraduates must be admitted to the Tippie College of Business. They must have a University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.00 and a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00, a g.p.a. of at least 2.67 (B-minus average) in ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting and ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting, and a passing score on the Department of Accounting writing assessment. Students who wish to declare accounting as a major but do not satisfy the automatic admission requirements may still apply to the professional program; applications are reviewed case-by-case.

Students usually spend the first and second year taking prerequisites and other course work required for all B.B.A. students. To view the common B.B.A. requirements, see the Bachelor of Business Administration in the Catalog.

Accounting Major

These business core classes are prerequisites to major-level courses:

Students may not count ACCT:3020 Financial Accounting and Reporting toward the B.B.A. in accounting due to overlap in course content.

The major in accounting requires the following work during the third and fourth years. All accounting major course work must be taken at the University of Iowa.

All of these:
ACCT:3100Professional Accounting Seminar (must be taken by the second semester in the program)1
ACCT:3200Income Measurement and Asset Valuation3
ACCT:3300Valuation of Financial Claims3
ACCT:3400Introduction to Taxation3
ACCT:3600Accounting Information Systems3
ACCT:4200Accounting for Management Analysis and Control3
ACCT:4300Business Law3
BUS:3000Business Communication and Protocol (taken first year after admission to the college)3
Four business core requirements12
And one accounting elective during the fourth year:
ACCT:3500Advanced Tax Topics (offered fall only)3
ACCT:4400Advanced Financial Accounting (offered spring only)3

Summer: GMAT and Admission to the M.Ac.

Students who intend to continue in the accounting program after receiving the B.B.A. should take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) during the summer before their senior year, as preparation for applying to the Master of Accountancy program.

Optional Accounting Electives

ACCT:3450Tax Practicum (VITA) I1
ACCT:3451Tax Practicum (VITA) II2
ACCT:4600Tax Research2
ACCT:4900Academic Internship (consent of department required)1

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Accounting, B.B.A.

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
Students must complete a minimum of 60 s.h. in non-business courses. a  
To fulfill the Tippie RISE experiential learning requirement, complete an approved course in at least one of the following categories: research with faculty, internship course, study abroad, experiential course. b 0 - 3
Complete writing assessment when enrolled in ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting.  
First Year
MATH:1340 Mathematics for Business c 4
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4
GE: Historical Perspectives d 3
GE: Natural Sciences without Lab d 3
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business 4
ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
MSCI:1500 Business Computing Essentials e 2
ENGL:1200 The Interpretation of Literature 3
GE: Diversity and Inclusion or GE: Values and Culture d 3
Second Year
ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4
MGMT:2000 Introduction to Law 3
BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol f 3
GE: Social Sciences (excluding ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics and ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics) d 3
ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting e 3
ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics e 4
MSCI:2800 Business Analytics 3
MSCI:3005 Information Systems 3
Non-business elective course 3
Third Year
ACCT:3100 Professional Accounting Seminar g 1
ACCT:3200 Income Measurement and Asset Valuation 3
ACCT:3400 Introduction to Taxation 3
FIN:3000 Introductory Financial Management 3
GE: International and Global Issues d 3
Non-business elective course 1
ACCT:3300 Valuation of Financial Claims 3
ACCT:3600 Accounting Information Systems 3
MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management 3
MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy 3
Non-business elective course 3
Exam: GMAT h  
Fourth Year
ACCT:4100 Auditing 3
Major: Accounting elective course i, j 3
MSCI:3000 Operations Management 3
Non-business elective course 3
Non-business elective course 2
ACCT:4200 Accounting for Management Analysis and Control 3
ACCT:4300 Business Law 3
Major: Accounting elective course i, k 3
Non-business elective course 3
Non-business elective course 2
 Total Hours121-124

Over 95 percent of students reported that they found permanent employment, were accepted to graduate school, or were not seeking employment within six months of graduation.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs; for more information about careers in accounting, visit the Pomerantz Career Center website.