Accounting, 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 open 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 (53 Credits)

(See University Core Curriculum Requirements for Lubin Students. CIS 101 or TS 105, MAT 104, ECO 105, and MAT 117 are required as part of the University Core.)

Lubin Foundation Requirements in Quantitative Reasoning (6 Credits)

(See Lubin Foundation Requirements in Quantitative Reasoning. Includes ECO 105, ECO 106, MAT 111 and MAT 117. ECO 105 and MAT 117 are applied to University Core AOK- HSN (formerly AOK 5).)

Business Core (26 Credits)

Major Requirements (31 Credits)

ACC 203Financial Accounting

4 credits

ACC 204Managerial Accounting

4 credits

ACC 301Intermediate Accounting I

4 credits

ACC 302Intermediate Accounting II

4 credits

ACC 319Cost Accounting

4 credits

ACC 333Advanced Accounting

4 credits

ACC 375Accounting Information Systems

3 credits

ACC 461Auditing I

3 credits

ACC 462Auditing II

3 credits

ACC 470Accounting Research Project

3 credits


ACC 495Business Honors Program Senior Thesis in Accounting

3 credits

Accounting Elective

3 credits

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

Auxiliary Courses (10 Credits)

LAW 360Advanced Business Law

4 credits

TAX 310Federal Income Taxation I

3 credits

TAX 311Federal Income Taxation II

3 credits

Note: Students planning a TAX minor will take TAX 313 and TAX 314 instead of TAX 311.

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.

Open Electives (12 Credits)

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

CPA Review Courses: (Non-credit) Highly Recommended

ACC 060ACPA Review - Financial Accounting Reporting (FAR)

0 credits

ACC 060BCPA Review - Auditing and Attestation (AUD)

0 credits

Total Credit Hours: 150

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