Program Overview

The Department of Accountancy offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Accounting.

The BSBA in Accounting is a four-year program that may be a terminal degree for students not interested in pursuing the CPA certificate, or as a step toward fulfilling the 150-hour requirement (mandated by Ohio and other states) to sit for the CPA examination. The professional accountancy program is a five-year program that enables a student to earn a BSBA in Accounting and an MBA while satisfying the 150-hour requirement for the CPA exam. Students are allowed to seek admission to the MBA program during their senior year. Those accepted may begin taking a limited number of graduate courses while completing their undergraduate degree. Many students complete the professional accountancy program in less than five years.

In addition to traditional studies, accounting majors:

  • Get practical experience through internships, earning competitive wages and academic credit while gaining relevant work experience at leading firms.
  • Join Xavier's Accounting Society which enables students to meet professional auditors, tax and systems accountants, and accountants who provide management advisory services. Speakers from public accounting and industry share their experiences in the business community. Students also attend career nights sponsored by the local chapter of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, Financial Executives International, other professional organizations, and the Xavier University annual “Meet the Firms Night.”
  • Participate in the Deloitte & Touche Tax Case Competition. Student have reached the national finals once (among only 10 out of 100-plus schools to do so) and have earned national honorable mention six times, placing Xavier in the top 20 programs in the country.
  • Get tax preparation experience and earn academic credit as part of the department’s volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) site to provide income tax preparation service to low-income and elderly members of the community.