Accounting

Major: Accounting
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0

Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0301
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 13-2011; 13-2080

About the Program

The LeBow College of Business's accounting major is designed to provide basic conceptual accounting and business knowledge for careers in accounting and taxation in many settings. Courses cover accounting, auditing, tax preparation, and related topics. Students learn how accounting produces information for making decisions about organizations.

The greatest range of career opportunities are in public, private and government accounting. Professional accountants are normally certified as public accountants (CPA) or managerial accountants (CMA) after passing professional examinations. The University's co-op program provides practical experience for accounting students. Time spent working in accounting co-op positions is accepted as part of the one year of accounting experience required for the Certified Public Accountant certificate in Pennsylvania and many other states.

Students planning to obtain a CPA license must take additional coursework to meet state mandated requirements. Interested students should contact the Department of Accounting upon declaring the major to ensure ample time to fulfill such requirements.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Degree Requirements
General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV B101 [WI] The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV B201Career Management1.0
English literature elective ENGL 200 through ENGL 3993.0
Fine Arts elective3.0
History (HIST) elective4.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Applied Chemistry
Applied Physics
General Education Electives
Students select seven (21.0 credits) general education electives, with a minimum of one course in each of the following three categories. Students take the remaining 12.0 credits from any of the topics listed under Additional General Education Electives.
Society and Culture
Communication, English, Fine Arts, Global Studies, Language or Philosophy3.0
Social Science
Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology3.0
Science
Computer Science, Information Systems, Science3.0
Additional General Education Electives
Twelve (12.0) credits must be earned by taking 4 courses from the following topics: Communication, English, Fine Arts, Global Studies, Language, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Computer Science, Information Systems, Math, Science12.0
Business Requirements
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I (Online students take BUSN 111)4.0
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II (Online students take BUSN 112)4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Business Consulting
Business Consulting for Nonprofits
Management Simulation
Business Statistics II
Major Requirements
Eight required courses (See Major Requirements list below)32.0
Free Electives18.0
Total Credits180.0
Required Accounting Major Courses
ACCT 321Financial Reporting I4.0
ACCT 322Financial Reporting II4.0
ACCT 323Financial Reporting III4.0
ACCT 329Advanced Accounting4.0
ACCT 331Cost Accounting4.0
ACCT 341Principles of Auditing4.0
TAX 341Individual Income Taxes4.0
TAX 342Business Income Taxes4.0
Total Credits32.0

A minimum of 20.0 elective (BUSN Non-BUSN) credits are required to fulfill degree completion. Students planning to take the CPA exam should review the educational requirements established by the State Board of Accountancy in the state in which they plan to sit for the examination. Students are qualified to sit for the examination in Pennsylvania by meeting the degree requirements above. Students planning to apply for a CPA license in Pennsylvania have to obtain 225.0 quarter credit hours, the equivalent to 150 semester hours.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV B101 [WI] The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
Social science elective3.0
Society and culture elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
History (HIST) elective4.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
 
Applied Chemistry 
Applied Physics 
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
 
Applied Chemistry 
Applied Physics 
 Term Credits14.0
Term 6
ACCT 321Financial Reporting I4.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ENGL 200 - ENGL 399 course3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
ACCT 322Financial Reporting II4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
Science elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ACCT 323Financial Reporting III4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
General education elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 9
ACCT 329Advanced Accounting4.0
TAX 341Individual Income Taxes4.0
General education elective3.0
Free electives 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
ACCT 331Cost Accounting4.0
ACCT 341Principles of Auditing4.0
UNIV B201Career Management1.0
General education elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
TAX 342Business Income Taxes4.0
General education elective3.0
Free electives 3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
Select one of the following:4.0
Introduction to Entrepreneurship 
Business Consulting 
Business Consulting for Nonprofits 
Management Simulation 
Business Statistics II 
Free electives 8.0
Fine arts elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 180.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Public, private, and government accounting provide the greatest range of career possibilities. Professional accountants are normally certified as public accountants (CPA) or managerial accountants (CMA) after passing the appropriate professional examinations.

Drexel’s co-op program provides an added advantage to accounting students; time spent working in accounting co-op positions is often accepted as part of the one year of accounting experience needed for CPA certification.

Drexel’s accounting graduates accept positions in public accounting, private industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. Many also choose to continue their studies in graduate schools, pursuing such degrees as a MBA, master’s in taxation, master's in accounting or a PhD. Overall, Drexel’s graduates enjoy a high placement rate.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Minor in Accounting 

Requirements

  • No more than 2 courses or 8.0 credits required by a student’s major may be counted towards this minor.
  • A grade of “C” (2.0) or better must be earned for each course in this minor for it to be counted.
  • No more than two transfer courses may be used to complete this minor. Transfer credits must be taken before matriculated at Drexel.
  • Students should check the pre-requisites of all classes when selecting electives. It is the responsibility of the student to know pre-requisites.
  • Business administration, business & engineering and economic students may complete any of the business minors, including: economics, finance, international economics, legal studies, management information systems, marketing, business analytics, organizational management, technology innovation management, and operations & supply chain management. 
  • Cannot do a major and a minor in the same field of study. 

All prospective students should meet with an advisor from the College as soon as possible. Call 215.895.2110 to set up an appointment.

Required Courses
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 321Financial Reporting I4.0
ACCT 322Financial Reporting II4.0
ACCT 323Financial Reporting III4.0
Select one (1) of the following:4.0
Cost Accounting
Principles of Auditing
Individual Income Taxes
Total Credits24.0

Accounting Faculty

Maureen Breen, MAS, MBA (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor.
Hsihui Chang, PhD (University of Minnesota) KPMG Professor of Accounting.
Hiu Lam Choy, PhD (University of Rochester). Associate Professor. Financial accounting.
Anthony P. Curatola, PhD (Texas A&M University) Joseph F. Ford Professor of Accounting. Professor. Federal and state income tax policy, retirement income taxation, fringe benefits taxation, educational savings and tax incentives, federal and state income tax research.
Xin Dai, PhD (University of Minnesota). Assistant Professor.
Patricia L. Daniel Derrick, PhD (The George Washington University). Assistant Clinical Professor.
Hubert Glover, PhD (Texas A&M University). Associate Clinical Professor. International financial reporting.
Barbara Murray Grein, PhD (Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina) Department Head, Accounting and Tax. Associate Professor. Auditing, auditor selection, audit adjustments, audit fees, corporate governance, financial reporting.
Curtis M. Hall, MBA (University of Arizona). Assistant Professor. Strategic cost management; corporate governance; capital markets research in accounting; human capital investment.
Kevin K. Jones, DBA (Georgia State University). Assistant Clinical Professor.
Natalya V. Khimich, PhD (University of California at Berkeley). Assistant Professor. Equity valuation, earnings quality, and accounting for innovation and intangible assets.
Stacy Kline, MBA (Temple University). Clinical Professor. Individual, corporation; S corporation and partnership taxation.
Gordian Ndubizu, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Financial accounting.
Duri Park, PhD (Ohio State University). Assistant Professor. Financial accounting, insider trading, investments, and cash holdings.
Bernhard Reichert, PhD, CPA (University of Texas at Austin). Assistant Professor. Behavioral research in accounting and experimental economics.
Mark Vargus, PhD (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Capital market research and executive compensation.
Jennifer Wright, MTA (Villanova University) Assistant Department Head, Accounting and Tax. Associate Clinical Professor.
  • Schedule of Classes
  • All Course Descriptions
  • Co-op
  • Academic Advising
  • Admissions
  • Tuition & Fees
LEARN MORE