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BBA in Accounting


Begin your career in the diverse and rewarding field of accounting

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in accounting is designed for students who want to pursue a business undergraduate degree with a specialization in accounting and related occupations. The program is designed to provide students with the quantitative, critical thinking, and data analysis skills they need to succeed within the modern workforce. Accounting courses build on the analytical skills developed in the core business courses. The curriculum is designed to increase and expand the knowledge needed for a variety of 21st-century careers, including tax professionals, auditors, analysts, underwriters, financial examiners, and more. Our curriculum meets requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination.

Why Earn Your BBA in Accounting?

A degree in accounting provides the skills required to succeed in a variety of careers, including analyst roles, tax consultants, auditors, bookkeepers, loan underwriters, and more. Moreover, there is much more demand for accountants than supply! A 2022 Deloitte Survey shows 82% of hiring managers are challenged to attract and retain accounting professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for various accounting occupations is approximately $75,000.

Students who wish to pursue more senior roles in these areas should consider pursuing a professional certification, such as the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) designation.

Simply put, careers in accounting offer students the best possible combination of high salary, high demand, career flexibility, and the opportunity to make a positive impact.

BBA in Accounting



About the Program

Our accounting major was strategically developed to meet the changing needs of tomorrow’s professionals. Canvassing employers, alumni, and students, our faculty crafted a rigorous program that ensures our students graduate with the skills needed to launch a rewarding career. Our curriculum was developed with four major priorities:

  • Career Readiness: Apply the skills and knowledge to launch your career from day one through project-based learning. Complete a variety of projects focusing on accounting, data analytics, and software tools used by today’s major companies.
  • Student Focus: Learn accounting principles in small, intimate classes from compassionate faculty. Develop enduring connections with your professors and fellow students.
  • CPA Preparation: Qualify to take the Certified Public Accountant examination upon earning your BBA in accounting. Continue in our MBA program to meet the 150-credit hour requirement.
  • Experiential Learning: Take part in our experiential learning opportunities, including real world projects and internships.

With the rise of Big Data and Data Analytics across the workplace, it is increasingly important that accountants understand how to make use of the tremendous amount of information now at their fingertips. This program not only features a class in business analytics but also incorporates data analytics concepts into all accounting courses so our graduates gain the technical proficiency and confidence needed to secure top jobs.

Additionally, the accounting program works closely with a number of accounting firms who provide internship opportunities for our students. Students can also earn credit for up to two internship positions to meet graduation requirements and the 150-credit hours required to secure the CPA designation.

All courses are designed with the student in mind, including using current pedagogical best practices around inclusive teaching and accessibility.

In the accounting program:

  • Students will be able to perform core financial accounting functions, including recording complex journal entries and creating and analyzing financial statements.
  • Students will be able to use contemporary software tools to perform accounting and data analysis tasks.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of accounting information systems, internal controls, and the auditing process.
  • Students will be able to prepare tax returns.

Why study accounting at SXU?

  • Small class sizes and compassionate faculty allow for close interaction with your professors and student colleagues.
  • You will develop the skills to succeed in a wide variety of well-paying careers.
  • Saint Xavier University’s core values of service, integrity, and excellence support your development as an asset to your employer and community.

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Featured Alumni

Sarah Williams, Alumna, Class of 2020

Sarah Williams completed a summer tax internship at Deloitte, the largest professional services firm in the world. After an amazing summer of learning from some of the most talented tax professionals in business, she was extended a job offer to begin a career with Deloitte Tax in summer 2020. While a student at SXU, Williams maintained a 4.0 GPA and was very involved in extracurriculars, committed to driving change on campus. She was the president of Women Entering Business, secretary of the Accounting Student Organization, and sat on the Student Advisory Board at the Northwest Community Credit Union at SXU.

Williams was an active member of Business Student Association, Financial Management Association, and a Schmitt Scholar. Williams was the recipient of three awards at GSM, the Jim McCabe Scholarship, the Elizabeth Hunter Scholarship and 2019 Finance Department Award. She was also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the exclusive business honor society associated with AACSB-accredited schools. During the 2019 tax season, Williams participated in the Ladder Up Program, a program that prepares tax returns for individuals and low-income families. Williams plans to work with Ladder Up each tax season to prepare returns for these individuals and give back to her community, something she is extremely passionate about.