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Accounting, B.B.A.

The Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting provides a solid foundation for licensure as a certified public accountant (CPA), as well as career opportunities in corporate accounting, auditing, taxation, and management of business, government and nonprofit organizations.

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Available as a minor.

Program Overview

Grand Valley's accounting program prepares students for future careers in the accounting field. It combines core business philosophies with expertise in the field of accounting, along with opportunities for professional experience via internships. Students may choose to continue their education with the Master of Science in Accounting or the specialized Master of Science in Taxation degrees offered by the Seidman College of Business.

Why Study Accounting at Grand Valley?

  • Highly engaged faculty who are committed to student success and recognized as experts in their field.
  • Exceptional pass rates on CPA and CMA exams.
  • Employment recruitment by Big-4, regional, and local public accounting firms, as well as major corporations.
  • A substantial internship recruiting process with more than 600 interviews annually. Accounting internships are highly compensated relative to internships in other fields.
  • Specialized accounting accreditation, one of only 190 institutions in the world.

Career Insights

This tool shows an overview of potential career opportunities for this major. Actual salaries, employment opportunities, and job titles may change over time.

Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper division studies downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format:
  • Face To Face

Coursework

In addition to courses covering each functional area of business, the accounting program covers the following topics:

  • Accounting ethics
  • Financial accounting
  • Taxation
  • Government and non-profit accounting
  • Accounting information systems
  • External and internal auditing
  • Managerial and cost accounting

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Admission Requirements

Direct Admission

Each year, the Seidman College of Business admits a select few students directly into the business college as first-year students. This honor is reserved for students who have a 26 or higher composite score on the ACT, or a score of 1240 and higher on the SAT, and a 3.5 or higher high school GPA. 

Secondary Admission

For students not admitted as first-year students, the Seidman College of Business's admission criteria require students to have

  1. completed at least 55 semester hours (junior status);
  2. achieved a 2.5 or higher overall GPA; and
  3. completed select courses with a 2.5 or higher combined GPA. Transfer student grades for comparable classes being transferred into Grand Valley will be used to calculate this combined GPA.

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For More Information

Seidman College of Business

gvsu.edu/seidman
50 Front Avenue SW, SCB 3030
(616) 331-7500

Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/admissions

 

“Understanding the basic foundations of accounting really helped accelerate my career.”

KYLE CROCKETT
ACCOUNTING ALUMNUS