College of Business and Aviation

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting

The Accountancy program at Delta State is fully accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. The curriculum is reviewed periodically by a group of accounting practitioners to insure that our graduates are kept up to date on the latest accounting standards, trends and techniques.

Program of Study

A BBA degree in Accountancy requires a total of 120 semester hours. Please refer to the Degree Requirements and the Degree Checklist for the suggested course sequence for the BBA degree in Accountancy.

Students enrolled in the Accountancy program are required to earn at least a “C” in all Accountancy classes.

Upon completion of the Accountancy degree, graduates are eligible to sit for the internationally recognized Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations. Both examinations are designed to be entry level exams into the management accounting and the internal auditing professions.

Many Accountancy students wish to pursue the professional Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. However, the Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy mandates at Rule 2.2.1 that individuals earn 150 semester hours of college credit to be eligible to sit for the CPA examination. Furthermore, accountancy courses must be completed in the following areas: financial accounting, auditing, taxation, managerial or cost accounting, and governmental or not-for-profit accounting. Delta State offers all of these courses at the undergraduate level. Though an Accountancy student can earn a BBA degree with 120 hours of college credit, additional hours must be taken to reach the 150 hour requirement to sit for the CPA examination. So, an Accountancy student has several choices:

  • Double major in Accountancy & Computer Information SystemsComputer and technology skills have become more important to accountants. Accordingly, the DSU curriculum reflects an increased emphasis on computers and information systems. A student may major in Accountancy and Computer Information Systems (a double major) with careful planning. Graduates with this double major are very marketable in the workforce.
  • Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAC) This graduate program provides an in-depth, advanced study within the field of accountancy for individuals engaged in, or seeking careers in, public accounting, industry, and government.
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Integrated Master of Business Administration (iMBA)These graduate programs provide a broad understanding of business fundamentals required of business organizations and entrepreneurial ventures. The curriculum enables students to build upon the foundation of business concepts in the areas of financial reporting, analysis, and markets; domestic and global economic environments in organizations; creation and distribution of goods and services; and human behavior in organizations.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a major in Accountancy from Delta State provides world-wide opportunities for a great career.

  • CPA firm partner or owner
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Controller
  • Staff accountant
  • Professor or Dean
  • Government Agency employee
  • Law school entry to become an employee

To further enhance careers, the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAC) degree or the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree can prepare students for leadership positions in organizations around the world.

The College of Business currently offers a minor in Accountancy.


Program of Study

Completing a minor in Accountancy at Delta State University requires a total of 18 semester hours of accounting courses, including ACC 220 & 230 Financial Accounting l & ll.