Accounting, BSBA


The BSBA in Accounting requires completion of 24 credit hours in accounting beyond the completion of ACCT-201 Accounting for Decision Making I, and ACCT-202 Accounting for Decision Making II. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in the Accounting Major and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 overall must be maintained to graduate.

Accounting majors must complete 160 hours of pre-professional or professional accounting experience prior to graduating.

Accounting majors are assigned a faculty advisor from the Accounting Department to assist them in planning their program of studies and advise them on academic and career matters.

Degree Requirements

Students can earn a bachelor of science in business administration with this major. See the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

Required Courses (7 courses, 21 credits)

Students are required to complete all seven (7) courses from the following list:

ACCT-320Federal Taxation


ACCT-321Intermediate Accounting I


ACCT-322Intermediate Accounting II


ACCT-331Cost Accounting


ACCT-430Accounting Information Systems


ACCT-431Auditing and Assurance Services


ACCT-450Accounting Theory and Practice


Elective Courses (1 course, 3 credits)

Select one from the following:

ACCT-310International Business Accounting


ACCT-414Entity Taxation


ACCT-415Not-For-Profit Accounting and Control


ACCT-520Accounting Internship


Required Experiential Component (Non-Credit)

All accounting majors must obtain at least 160 hours of pre-professional accounting experience prior to graduation. These hours may be accumulated through one or more of the following accounting or tax experiences: (a) internship; (b) part- or full-time employment; (c) cooperative education position; and/or (d) enrollment in Suffolk's VITA Clinic (each semester of participation will earn students 55 hours towards the 160 hour total).

To satisfy this requirement for graduation, students may register for and complete ACCT-520 (3 credit Accounting elective – see separate course description), may participate in Suffolk’s VITA Clinic (SBS-555, SBS-556, and SBS-557 – see separate course descriptions), and/or may satisfy this requirement with ACCT-560 (carries no academic credit, requires no tuition, and will be graded pass/fail. The Accounting department will register students for ACCT-560 after the 160 hours have been completed and all other requirements have been met.)

All experiences require pre-approval from either the instructor (ACCT-520 or SBS-555, SBS-556, or SBS-557) or the Accounting department. All international students must also obtain additional approval from CPT.

For any additional questions related to this requirement, please email us or see your Accounting faculty advisor.

ACCT-560Accounting Practicum


Learning Goals and Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will... Upon completion of the program, each student should be able to...
Demonstrate information literacy, use analytical reasoning in problem-solving and decision-making situations, understand and employ theories, processes, and systems, and think and reflect critically.
(Critical and Analytical Thinking)
- Identify the issue (problem, question, or challenge).
- Identify key data and assumptions (qualitative or quantitative).
- Recognize multiple perspectives.
- Develop arguments and provide analysis.
- Select and apply methodologies (theories, processes, systems, tools).
- Demonstrate information literacy.

Demonstrate proficiency in the effective use of technology. (Data Analytics)

 -Effectively use technology to conduct research, collect and analyze data, and communicate observed findings.
Demonstrate the ability to effectively identify and communicate accounting ethical issues.
- Identify conflicts of interests and pressures that could lead to unethical conduct.
- Understand what kinds of questions are helpful to ask oneself when confronting an ethical dilemma.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify and take into account the interests of different stakeholders.
- Understand how business strategies that facilitate “doing good” can be made consistent with profitability.
- Understand that what is legal may not always be ethical, and that what is ethical may sometimes not be legal.
- Appreciate that ethical norms vary across different countries and cultures.
- Demonstrate overall applied business ethics skills.
Indicate an understanding of how culture, economic and political issues affect accounting and business decisions.
(Global Awareness)
- Articulate fundamental challenges of global business.
- Analyze financial impacts of operating a global business.
- Demonstrate awareness of the existence and applicability of alternate (non-US GAAP) accounting standards, such as IFRS, for financial reporting for global (non-US) businesses.
- Apply alternate accounting standards.
- Identify the sources of IFRS.
- Recognize the importance of IFRS in the future for US companies.
Be able to effectively communicate in oral form.
(Oral Communication)
- Put together a clear and focused presentation, fitted to its purpose.
- Develop and support a clear central message.
- Employ an appropriate organizational pattern.
- Use grammatically correct language, appropriate pronunciation, and good word choice.
- Create a presentation that is appropriate to the audience and occasion.
- Use effective supporting material.
- Demonstrate overall delivery skill.
Communicate effectively in writing.
(Written Communication)
- Demonstrate awareness of context, audience, and purpose.
- Organize written communication effectively and logically.
- Support arguments by evidence.
- Employ grammar and style to convey meaning.
- Follow formatting and citation rules.
Discipline Knowledge - Demonstrate knowledge about current theory, concepts, methodology, terminology, and practices in financial accounting, managerial accounting, federal taxation, auditing, and accounting information systems.