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Public Accounting Major

Bachelor of Business Administration

The major in Public Accounting is intended to prepare students for careers as public accountants in business, government and the nonprofit sector. It satisfies the 150 credit hour requirement to take the CPA exam in New York State, as well as other states. Students are encouraged to use their business and free elective credits to specialize or minor in another business area or declare a second major.

Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted to the BBA in Public Accounting major either as freshmen or transfer students provided all the normal requirements for admission to Pace University and the Lubin School of Business are met. In order to continue in or join the public accounting major in the junior and senior years, students will be required to have a minimum CGPA of 2.5. Students who do not meet this academic standard will be required to change their major to General Accounting or another major better suited to their academic talents and interests.


University Core (60 Credits)

(See University Core Curriculum Requirements for Lubin Students. MAT 104, MAT 111, ECO 105 and ECO 106 are required as part of the University Core.)

Business Core (30 Credits)

Major Requirements (31 Credits)

ACC 203Financial Accounting


ACC 204Managerial Accounting


ACC 301Intermediate Accounting I


ACC 302Intermediate Accounting II


ACC 319Cost Accounting


ACC 333Advanced Accounting


ACC 375Accounting Information Systems


ACC 461Auditing I


ACC 462Auditing II


ACC 470Accounting Research Project



ACC 495Business Honors Program Senior Thesis in Accounting


Accounting Elective


(ACC 203 and ACC 204 (8 credits) are applied toward the Business Core.)

Auxiliary Courses (10 Credits)

LAW 360Advanced Business Law


TAX 310Federal Income Taxation I


TAX 311Federal Income Taxation II


Business Electives (12 Credits)

Students may take courses from any business discipline (except Accounting), Economics, Computer Information Technology (CIT) and Computer Science to satisfy this requirement.

Free Electives (7 Credits)

Includes UNV 101 (1 credit) for first-year students

Total Credit Hours: 150

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undergraduate admission. Follow all steps (pay the $50 application fee, write an essay, send
transcripts, recommendations, and standardized test scores) and submit your application.

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