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Accountants are business professionals who work with people to identify, analyze, and solve business problems. Completing an accounting option opens the door to a wide range of career opportunities. The accounting option is designed to help students develop the necessary technical expertise and broad-based business knowledge required for long-term success in careers such as audit, assurance, tax consulting, corporate accounting/finance, not-for-profit/government, financial analysis/venture capital, and financial planning.

Students planning to pursue CPA certification or advanced financial positions should also complete the Master of Professional Accountancy Program. Students completing MSU's undergraduate and graduate accounting programs are in high demand and often have multiple job offers at graduation.


Freshman Year F S
BUS 101US--First Year Seminar* 3
ECNS 202--Principles of Macroeconomics 3
M 161Q--Survey of Calculus 4
Non-Business, Non-Economics
     and General Electives and University Core
12 8
15 15

*Students transferring into the College of Business, either from another institution or from another MSU department, who have already earned credit for a University Seminar (US) course must take MGMT 204 instead of BUS 101.

Sophomore Year F S
ACTG 201--Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ACTG 202--Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
ACTG 223--Principles of Acct II 3
BUS 201--Managerial Communication 3
BUS 211--Business Software Applications 3
ECNS 204IS--Microeconomics 3
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
Take one of the following:
     STAT 217Q--Intermediate Statistical Concepts    3
     MGMT 231IS--Business Research Methods     3
Non-Business, Non-Economics
     and General Electives and University Core
3 3
15 15
Junior Year F S
ACTG 327--Inter Fin Acct & Reporting I 3
ACTG 328--Inter Fin Acct & Reporting II 3
ACTG 321R--Acct Information Systems I   3
BUS 301--Management and Organization 3
BUS 302--Career Perspectives 1
BUS 311--Information Systems 3
BUS 331--Operations Management 3
BUS 341--Principles of Marketing 3
BFIN 322--Business Finance 3
BUS 361--Introduction to Law 3
Non-Business, Non-Economics
     and General Electives and University Core
15 15
Senior Year F S
ACTG 401--Principles of Fed Tax-Ind 3
ACTG 410--Cost Mgmt/ Acct I 3
ACTG 411--Auditing I 3
ACTG 415--Government & NonProfit Acct I  
BUS 474--Business Senior Seminar 4
Accounting elective* 3
Non-Business, Non-Economics,
     General Electives and University Core
6 5
15 15
* Accounting Elective (3 Credits)
Choose one of the following
ACTG 420--Cost/Mgmt Acct II 3
ACTG 421--Accounting Informations Systems II 3
ACTG 441--Financial Statement Analysis 3
ACTG 498--Internship 3 3

All business majors must be formally admitted to the College of Business in order to enroll in all upper-division (300-400 level) option courses (ACTG, FIN, MGMT, MKTG) and BUS 474, Business Senior Seminar.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above; 54 credits must be non-business/non-economics rubrics (although ECNS 101, ECNS 202, ECNS 204, MGMT 231 may be included); University Core credit requirements must be satisfied.

All students transferring to the College of Business must meet the College of Business residency requirements.

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