Loyola's nationally ranked BBA/MSA degree program is rigorous yet flexible. Students who major in accounting at the undergraduate level pursue careers in auditing, taxation, systems, consulting, and management accounting. Coursework prepares students for the CPA, CMA, CFE, and CIA examinations. Interested and qualified students must apply to complete the master's portion of the program by the first semester of their junior year in order to take advantage of some MSA program course reduction opportunities. However, students can apply to the MSA program at any time during their academic career. BBA/MSA students can complete the graduate coursework component in one year.
Benefits of the BBA/MSA Program
- Provides the necessary credit hours to meet the 150-hour requirement for CPA examination
- Allows students to meet their competition head on once they become accounting professionals
- Provides accounting depth and breadth beyond what is gained from the typical undergraduate education
- Supplies the necessary critical business and accounting decision-making and problem-solving skills to succeed in today's demanding workplace
- Allows students to explore ethics and values across all areas of accounting and business, fully preparing them to excel in the current climate of heightened accountability
- Enables students to better understand the global implications of accounting and business decisions
University Core Curriculum
Loyola undergraduate students must complete University Core Curriculum, which is a "learning outcomes" approach that emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and values students obtain in their education.
Business Core Curriculum
All Quinlan School of Business students must complete the Business Core Curriculum to develop a solid understanding of all aspects of business.
BBA Accounting Major Requirements
Undergraduate students who choose to complete the accounting major must complete the 21 credit hours within the major.
BBA/MSA students must complete 12 additional courses (36 hours) beyond the BBA accounting major requirements. This includes six accounting courses (minimum five MSA-level), one graduate business ethics course, two MBA elective courses (non-accounting), and three general elective courses (MBA, MSA, and/or upper-level undergraduate accounting courses).
Some reduction in course requirements is allowed if Loyola students take additional upper-level accounting classes beyond the minimum requirements for an undergraduate accounting degree. See MSA Program Director for additional information.
Semester I: ACCT 201
Semester II: ACCT 202
Semester I: ACCT 303 and 328
Semester II: ACCT 304, 311, and 341
Semester I: ACCT 301 and 323
Semester II: ACCT 306, 307, 308, or 345 (at least two)
Note: Some modification of the above schedule is possible as long as nine accounting classes are taken over the last two years of the undergraduate program.
Meet with MSA program director.
BBA/MSA students must complete 12 additional courses (36 hours) beyond the BBA Accounting Major requirements. Requirements include: six accounting courses (minimum five MSA-level), one graduate business ethics course, two MBA elective courses (non-accounting), three general elective courses (MBA, MSA and/or upper-level undergraduate accounting courses. A two-course reduction is allowed if students complete nine undergraduate accounting courses (excluding ACCT 201 and 202).