Accounting Degree Options
To help you achieve your educational objectives, Niagara University offers three accounting degree options: (1) the 4-year undergraduate BBA in accounting; (2) the 5-year BBA/MBA in professional accountancy; and (3) the MBA in professional accountancy.
4-year BBA in Accounting BBA Accounting
This undergraduate program prepares students for careers in management accounting, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Students are qualified to sit for the CMA exam and other professional exams, but not the CPA exam. Students can be admitted into the program in the freshman year, or may transfer into the program from another college. Two years of professional experience is generally required for professional certification.
5-year BBA/MBA in Professional Accountancy
The program prepares students for careers in public accounting, and qualifies students to sit for the CPA exam. In the first three years of the program students take a common core of accounting, business, and liberal arts courses. Students typically begin taking some MBA courses in the fourth year of the program, and can complete the BBA/MBA program in one additional year. Students are awarded the BBA degree after completing BBA requirements, and the MBA degree after completing MBA requirements. Only one year of public accounting experience is required for the CPA certification.
MBA in Professional Accountancy
The MBA accounting concentration at Niagara University allows students to gain academic and practical insight in the field of accounting. Students planning to take the CPA exam should consult the accounting faculty for further details as to the total overall course hours required to sit for the CPA exam. Students should also note that while normally 51 credit hours are required to complete the Niagara University MBA, the school will consider a student's academic record in deciding the total number of course hours required to complete the program.