Accounting is a dynamic field at the heart of every business. Accountants are problem solvers and business advisers who often work at the top levels of their companies. If you appreciate challenge and variety in your work, you will find that accounting offers great rewards and options for career mobility.
The undergraduate BBA program takes full advantage of the university's liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students acquire the verbal and reasoning skills they'll need for today's business careers along with basic and specialized knowledge of business.
Why Study at Iowa?
Iowa's Undergraduate Program in Accounting will give you a strong base of accounting courses but also knowledge of information systems, written and oral communication skills, leadership ability, and teamwork skills. Completion of the program qualifies you to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams.
Students in any of the college's six majors focus on a core academic discipline, but can supplement their degree with interdisciplinary certificates, minors, or a second major in another college. Leadership opportunities, service-learning, internships, and study abroad programs also are available.
Accounting is one of six Undergraduate Business Majors offered through the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program in the Tippie College of Business.
Once admitted to the accounting program, the curriculum includes courses in income measurement, valuation of financial claims, accounting for management analysis and control, business law, taxation, applied information systems, and auditing.
All Tippie College of Business students directly admitted to the college Fall 2015 or later and all students admitted through standard admission Fall 2016 or later must successfully complete a hands-on experiential learning in the form of Research, Internship, Study Abroad, and Experiential Course.
By completing at least one Tippie RISE experience as part of the undergraduate degree, students will bridge the classroom with the real world and gain a competitive edge in the job market and in admission to graduate school.
Visit www.tippie.uiowa.edu/tippieRISE for more information.
Students may be admitted to the Tippie College of Business either through Direct Admission or Standard Admission.
Direct Admission is for first-year students with a 3.60 high school grade-point average and an ACT composite score of 26 or higher. Applicants who meet the high school course requirements and either the GPA or test score requirement will be carefully considered for Direct Admission.
Standard Admission is for current UI prebusiness students that meet the established admission critria, typically after their first year.
More information on admission can be found at http://tippie.uiowa.edu/undergraduate/admissions.
In addition to the college's admission requirements, accounting majors must have a 3.00 UI and cumulative grade-point average, a B- average in financial and managerial accounting, and a passing score on the accounting writing assessment.
For information on Transfer admission, visit http://tippie.uiowa.edu/undergraduate/admissions/transfer.cfm.
Admission Requirements Tabs
First-year students interested in accounting may want to live in the BizHawks Living-Learning Community in the residence halls.
Faculty, Facilities, and Resources
The RSM McGladrey Institute of Accounting Education and Research promotes educational excellence at Iowa through sponsorship of various initiatives and activities, including an annual national speaker series and a business case competition for students in the accounting program.
Iowa ranks second nationally in the first-time pass rate for the CPA exam with 80.4 percent. The national average is 55 percent.
At Iowa, more than 120 firms recruit accounting students on campus every year. Over 90 percent of students reported that they found permanent employment, were accepted to graduate school, or were not seeking employment within six months of graduation.
The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.
For more information about careers, visit What Can I Do with a Major in Accounting.