Do you have a penchant for accounting? Do you hope to pursue a career in this business field?

When you study accounting, you learn the nuts and bolts of how a business operates. The BSBA in accounting provides a broad overview of significant issues in management accounting as well as a detailed examination of internal accounting issues affecting multiple entity types. The courses include an array of topics needed for an accounting manager working in a dynamic environment. The BSBA accounting degree prepares students for careers in corporate accounting, government accounting, and internal auditing.

For decades, the College of Business at East Carolina University has done an excellent job teaching students the technical material necessary for success in the business world. In today’s economy, though, that is no longer sufficient. As part of teaching the “whole student,” a revamped curriculum for undergraduate students now emphasizes leadership, professionalism, and communication skills. While not compromising our long history of teaching strong technical skills, the Leadership and Professional Development program teaches students how to “Think, Value, Communicate, Lead,” regardless of his or her job title or position. Through our unique Leadership and Professional Development program, each student gains valuable leadership skills, communication skills and professionalism. The bar is set high for students, with personalized support coming from a network of mentors, advisors, and coaches.

In addition to learning vital 21st-century skills, our students receive top-notch training in technical business material. Our faculty members offer excellent preparation for various careers in business

ECU Advantage

More students are enrolled in the ECU College of Business than in any other business school in the state. As a student in the College of Business, you’ll benefit from a professional college that has been continuously accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the premier accrediting agency of collegiate business schools worldwide, since 1967 (we are one of only two institutions in North Carolina—and 120 worldwide—that have been continuously accredited by the AACSB since 1967 or before.)

For the sixth straight year, the College of Business at East Carolina University has again earned top marks, ranking among the best U.S. business schools according to the Princeton Review.

We also offer a strong curriculum that prepares today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders; solid preparation in valuable 21st-century skills, including leadership skills, communications skills, and professionalism; a personalized network of support in a close-knit, caring community; diverse and talented full-time faculty with real-world experience in their fields of expertise; and small class sizes coupled with flexible class schedules and a variety of online options.

The College of Business offers a unique Living Learning Community option for first-year and sophomore students as well as a Business Scholars Award—a renewable four-year merit scholarship awarded to outstanding incoming students who are pursuing a BSBA.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Dr. John T. Reisch (3400 Bate Building; 252-737-1051; reischj@ecu.edu)

The BSBA in accounting is intended for students who aspire to enter the accounting profession in the private and public sector (e.g., governmental, internal audit, and managerial accounting positions). It is not intended to prepare students for professional certification as a certified public accountant. If professional certification as a certified public accountant is desired, then students should refer to the requirements for the MSA degree program. Students pursuing the BSBA in accounting must earn a minimum grade of C (2.0) in accounting courses to satisfy any upper-level accounting course prerequisites. Also, to graduate, students must earn a minimum grade of C (2.0) and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all 3000- and 4000-level accounting courses taken.

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • COMM 2020 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • ECON 2113 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 2133 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MATH 1066 - Applied Mathematics for Decision Making

  • PHIL 2274 - Business Ethics or
  • PHIL 2275 - Professional Ethics
  • Choose 3 s.h. from:
    • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
    • SOCI 2110 - Introduction to Sociology
2. Cognates - 3 s.h.
  • ENGL 3880 - Writing for Business and Industry
  • MATH 2283 - Statistics for Business *
  • Note:

    *This course can be used to meet the general education elective requirement.

    3. Business core - 36 s.h.
    • ACCT 2401 - Financial Accounting
    • ACCT 2521 - Managerial Accounting
    • FINA 2244 - Legal Environment of Business
    • FINA 3724 - Financial Management
    • MGMT 3302 - Management of Organizations
    • MGMT 4842 - Strategic Management
    • MIS 2223 - Introduction to Computers
    • MIS 3063 - Introduction to Management Information Systems
    • MKTG 3832 - Marketing Management
    • OMGT 3123 - Operations and Supply Chain Management
    • OMGT 3223 - Business Decision Modeling
    • Choose one international perspectives course from:
      • ACCT 4451 - International Accounting
      • FINA 4454 - International Finance
      • MGMT 3352 - International Business
      • MKTG 3852 - Cultural Environment of International Business
      • MKTG 4992 - International Marketing
    4. Concentration - 24 s.h.
      • ACCT 3551 - Intermediate Accounting I
      • ACCT 3561 - Intermediate Accounting II
      • ACCT 3621 - Cost Accounting
      • ACCT 3731 - Advanced Accounting
      • ACCT 3851 - Accounting Information Systems
      • ACCT 4611 - Taxation for Decision Making
      • ACCT 4631 - Internal Auditing
      • ACCT 4641 - Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
    5. Leadership and professional development - 9 s.h.
    • BUSI 1200 - Strategy First
    • BUSI 2200 - Experiential Leadership: Teams in Action
    • BUSI 3200 - Professional Development and Ethical Leadership
    • BUSI 4200 - Leadership Capstone
    • Leadership and Professional Development Portfolio must be completed prior to graduation.
    6. General electives to complete requirements for graduation.
      For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

      Careers With This Degree

      Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

      • Business and Administrative Services
      • Financial Analysts
      • Financial Managers
      • Accountants and Auditors

      Career Opportunities

      ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

      NC Tower

      This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

      • Self-employed;
      • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
      • Work outside of North Carolina.

      US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

      This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

      Degree-specific internships

      For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.