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The undergraduate accounting degree has traditionally been recognized as one of the premier accounting degrees in the country. This recognition continues today. For the past six years (2006-2012), the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) accounting program has been ranked first in the United States according to U.S. News & World Report.

The objective of the BBA curriculum is to provide students with a broad overall education, solid grounding in the common body of knowledge of business administration, and exposure to accounting in sufficient depth to help them achieve entry-level competence for pursuit of a career in public accounting, government or industry.

Accounting coursework covers:

  • the collection, recording, summarizing and interpretation of financial data,
  • the uses of accounting data by management,
  • the uses of accounting procedures in all phases of financial matters, and
  • the uses of computers and other electronic means of handling accounting data.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin who wish to change to a business major need to apply for an internal transfer. McCombs School of Business accepts students for the fall semester, only. Students are encouraged to attend an internal transfer information session and check their eligibility to apply through the McCombs Internal Transfer website. Find out more about the internal transfer process, including the procedures, requirements to apply, historical summary of acceptance, and additional opportunities.

Prospective students at the University of Texas at Austin should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View the School of Business undergraduate degree plans to learn more about the required courses for the accounting major. View the course offerings page for up-to-date information on accounting courses offered through McCombs.


The undergraduate program in accounting does not offer tracks, concentrations, specializations or other options. In order to specialize, a student would need to apply to the master's in professional accounting program.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


Due to the nature of accounting, these students tend to be analytical and are adept at following rules and rigid guidelines. They must understand the rules and regulations of accounting practices and standards and be able to report and document accordingly. Upon completion of a BBA in accounting, a student will have a proficient understanding of general accounting standards, rules and regulations.


  • Proficient in basic math skills
  • Ability to understand the rules and regulations applied to handling financial data
  • Strong strategic analytic and planning skills
  • Recognize inconsistencies and abnormalities in accounting reports
  • Time management skills (ability to meet deadlines)
  • Strong quantitative abilities
  • Detail orientated