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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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This program requires a secondary admission process.

National Job Growth

Accounting opportunities are expected to grow 4% in the U.S. by 2025.

Alumni Working in Their Field

88% of GVSU's Michigan accounting alumni find employment in their field.

Specialized Accounting Accreditation

GVSU is one of only 190 institutions in the world to receive specialized accounting accreditation from the AACSB.

Source: EMSI, 2021
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.

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.

  • Face To Face


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

Career Options

A Seidman accounting degree provides a great deal of flexibility in career choice and career progression. Students may begin their careers as auditors, staff accountants, financial analysts, or consultants.

Accountants may progress in their careers to specializations within accounting and business, middle management, and eventually to executive roles such as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and/or Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.

Admission Requirements

Seidman's Early Access Program

Each year, the Seidman College of Business allows early access into the business college to a select few individuals as first-year students. This honor is reserved for students who have received a 3.500 or higher high school GPA.

Seidman Success Standards

For students not part of Seidman’s Early Access program, the Seidman College of Business permits access to upper-level (300-400) business courses after meeting the following Seidman Success Standards:
1. Have earned at least 55 semester hours (junior status)
2. Established a 2.500 or higher overall GPA; and
3. Completed the following courses with a 2.500 or higher combined GPA: ACC 212, BUS 201, ECO 210, ECO 211, MGT 268, STA 215

For More Information

Seidman College of Business
50 Front Avenue SW, SCB 3030
(616) 331-7500

Admissions and Recruitment Office


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