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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 20, 2024
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Accounting, BSBA

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Program Requirements.

BSBA Degree Requirements

The following sections describe the general requirements for all majors within the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree program:

The degree requirements applicable to a particular student are based upon the student’s term of entry into the program and reflect any requirement changes that have been approved since this bulletin was published. These requirements and the student’s progress toward the BSBA degree are noted on the student’s online Undergraduate Advisement Transcript.

Graduation Requirements

One-hundred twenty credits are required for graduation with a BSBA degree. A minimum of 51 credits must be taken in the arts and sciences.

A student may use one course to fulfill two arts and sciences requirements.

Arts and Sciences Foundations: Basic Skills Requirements

There are seven basic skills that all BSBA students must master; these basic skills prepare students for future classes. The basic skills requirements include:

English Composition

  • Students who earn 500 or above on SAT Verbal (Critical Reading) are placed into Seminar in Composition (or equivalent course).
  • Students who earn below 500 on SAT Verbal (Critical Reading) will be placed into a Workshop in Composition course.
  • Recommendations for ENGCMP 0201  or ENGCMP 0151  (tutorials) will be based on class diagnostic writing during add/drop period.
  • English as a Second Language students will be placed into appropriate courses based on English Language proficiency.

All students are strongly encouraged to complete their English composition requirement(s) in the freshman year.

Students earning a score of 600 on the critical reading portion of the SAT, who also earn a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) English exam, will be awarded advanced standing credit for ENGCMP 0200 - SEMINAR IN COMPOSITION  and 3 additional credits in English composition.

Second Language

Any one of the following fulfills the language requirement:

  • Three years of study of a single second language in high school, passed with an average of C or better over the three years.
  • Placement into level III of a second language on a University of Pittsburgh language placement test.
  • Placement into level II of a second language on a University of Pittsburgh language placement test and completion of the appropriate course from the second course list below.
  • Completion of an approved two course sequence of a foreign language.

Students should discuss specific foreign language course options with their academic advisor.


Taking one course from the following list fulfills this requirement:
Note: Only one of these courses may apply to the 120 total credits required for graduation.


Both of the following courses must be taken to fulfill this requirement:

Arts and Sciences General Education Electives

In addition to fulfilling the basic skills requirements, students further supplement their business curriculum by taking courses from six general education categories including:

  • Literature (one course)
  • Music/art (one course)
  • Philosophy (one course)
  • Social sciences (two courses, each from a different discipline)
  • Natural sciences (two courses)
  • Foreign culture (two courses or participation in an approved study abroad program)

Note: All students, including international students and U.S. citizens who have lived abroad for any length of time, must complete the foreign culture requirement.

Contact the school for a complete listing of approved courses that meet these elective requirements.

Business Core Curriculum

Other Business Requirements

CBA students must also satisfy one of the following requirements:

BUS 0010 - YOUR ACADEMIC AND CAREER SUCCESS  This one-credit course is required of all first-time CBA freshmen. In the course, new BSBA students will explore the majors offered in CBA, investigate global opportunities, develop networking and professional skills, create a resume, and learn how to connect with CBA’s Career Services team regarding events, internship opportunities, and career development.

BUS 0020 - YOUR CAREER SUCCESS  This one-credit course is required of all new CBA transfer students. In the course, students will participate in career exploration, develop and implement a personal strategy for career goal setting and planning, learn and practice communication and other professional skills, and become familiar with the internship and job search processes.


The major in accounting is designed to provide students with the general, business, and accounting knowledge necessary for them to succeed as professional accountants. As accounting is a dynamic field, all accounting majors will learn how to keep their knowledge up to date so they can continue to grow throughout their professional careers. Accounting majors will acquire the communication, computer, and interpersonal skills necessary to successfully resolve complex problems in unstructured settings. Accounting majors benefit from participation in extracurricular activities and organizations such as the University of Pittsburgh Accounting Association and Beta Alpha Psi, the national accounting honorary society.

All accounting majors must complete the two (2) BSBA core courses in accounting as well as the seven (7)required accounting major courses listed below. All courses are three credits unless noted otherwise.

BSBA Core Courses in Accounting

Students must complete these courses with a C or better in each course to be eligible to take additional accounting courses:

BSBA Program Learning Goals

Graduates of the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration should achieve the following learning outcomes in the four broad components of the BSBA program (major, electives, core and foundations):

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and skills in at least one academic/career focus through completion of majors, certificates, minors and electives.

Demonstrate what every BSBA graduate is expected to know about business and management at graduation. This literacy is developed in courses taught in CBA and in particular courses required of all students and offered by the School of Arts and Sciences.

Demonstrate competency in the fundamentals of analyzing problems and making decisions with standard business data and data sources using appropriate quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Demonstrate competency in interpersonal skills, including concise and persuasive written and presentation communication.

Demonstrate competency in applying acquired knowledge and skills in real-world situations.

Acquire a basic knowledge of at least one nation, region or culture in areas such as language, history, political systems, literature and artistic expression.

Acquire an exposure to the knowledge and methodologies used to explore natural, individual, social and cultural phenomena.

Students preparing for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Exam will need to complete 150 total credit hours. These credits may be completed through the BSBA program and/or through the MS in Accounting program. Particular CPA Exam requirements vary by state. Academic Advisors and members of the Accounting faculty provide guidance to students preparing for the CPA exam, but students are responsible for confirming with the appropriate state board of accountancy that all educational and experiential requirements are met.

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