Accounting with Optional Concentration in Data Analytics, BBA

Learn more about the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.

Elizabeth A. Gordon, Chair
Alter Hall 453
215-204-6422
egordon@temple.edu

https://www.fox.temple.edu/departments/accounting/

Concentration in Data Analytics

The Data Analytics Concentration in Accounting is open to all accounting majors and is designed to develop skills in problem-solving, data management, data analysis, creating visualizations and communicating insights. New technologies, big data, artificial intelligence, machine-driven learning and other trends are transforming business and the accounting profession. The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam is evolving to reflect the technology changes and increased specialization in the profession. The Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certificate includes new technology and analytics. The Data Analytics Concentration in Accounting will further develop the skills necessary to prepare you to succeed as an accountant.

Licensure/Certification

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is very helpful but not always necessarily required for finding work in the accounting profession. To become a CPA in Pennsylvania, individuals must complete certain academic requirements, sit for and pass the Uniform CPA Exam (administered by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)), and complete certain work requirements. To be eligible to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam, individuals must: (i) receive a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university; and (ii) complete at least 120 semester credits with at least 24 semester credits in accounting subjects, including accounting and auditing, business law, finance, macroeconomics, microeconomics, or tax subjects sanctioned by the State Board of Accountancy. The education requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam in Pennsylvania are met by successfully completing the Fox BBA in Accounting degree (124 credit hours). However, before applying for certification as a CPA, individuals must also complete an additional 12 semester credits in accounting, auditing, and tax subjects (36 total) and complete a total of at least 150 credit hours.

PA candidates who graduate with at least 150 credits must complete one year (1,600 hours) of work experience through employment in government, industry, academia, or public practice within five years of the date of application for CPA certification.

https://www.picpa.org/future-cpas/become-a-cpa

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

Certification as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) is very helpful but not always necessarily required for finding work in the accounting profession. The CMA certification and eligibility requirements are administered by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). To become a CMA in all states, including Pennsylvania, individuals must fulfill all of the following requirements: (i) active membership in IMA; (ii) active CMA entrance fee; (iii) satisfy certain education requirements; (iv) satisfy certain experiential requirements; (v) successfully complete all required CMA examination parts; and (vi) comply with the IMA Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.

The educational requirements to become a CMA are met upon obtaining a bachelor's degree from Temple University (or any accredited college or university). Candidates must submit verification of education to ICMA within seven years of completing the CMA examination. The experiential requirements to become a CMA include the completion of two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting and/or financial management. This requirement may be completed prior to or within seven years of passing the examination. Teaching qualifies as related professional experience when it is full-time and at least 60% of the course load taught is accounting or finance above the principles level over a two-year period. Professional experience is expected to be gained in full-time employment. However, continuous part-time positions of 20 hours per week meeting the definition of qualified experience will count toward this requirement at a rate of one year of experience for every two years of part-time employment.

https://www.imanet.org/cma-certification/taking-the-exam?ssopc=1

Institute of Internal Auditors' Global Certifications

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) offers two core global certifications: the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) and the Certification in Risk Management Assurance® (CRMA®).

The education requirement to sit for either of the CIA or CRMA certification programs is an Associate's degree or higher from an institution of higher education.

Although work experience is required to become certified, candidates may apply to the certification program and sit for exams prior to obtaining the requisite work experience. However, candidates will not be certified until all program requirements have been met. Additionally, candidates must meet the experience requirement within the program eligibility period of three years in order to receive certification. Work experience for the IIA's certification programs is based on the maximum level of education achieved, as indicated in the charts below:

CIA Experience Requirement per Educational Level

Master's degree or equivalent: 12 months of internal audit experience or equivalent

Bachelor's degree or equivalent: 24 months of internal audit experience or equivalent

Associate degree, three A-level certificates with a grade of C or higher, or equivalent: 60 months of internal audit experience or equivalent.

https://na.theiia.org/certification/CIA-Certification/Pages/Eligibility-Requirements.aspx

CRMA Experience Requirement per Educational Level

The CRMA Experience Requirements are the same as those listed above for the CIA. It also requires passing part one of the CIA exam.

https://na.theiia.org/certification/crma-certification/Pages/Eligibility-Requirements.aspx

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

All new students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.

Note that students not continuously enrolled who have not been approved for a Leave of Absence or study elsewhere must follow University requirements current at the time of re-enrollment.

College Requirements 

Students must meet College Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Business Administration including the requirements of the major listed below. Accounting students must attain a 2.0 GPA in the major and a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to graduate.

Major Requirements

Students must follow the Major Requirements and College Requirements current at the time of declaration. Students not continuously enrolled who have not been approved for a Leave of Absence or study elsewhere must follow University, College, and Major requirements current at the time of re-enrollment.

Major Requirements
ACCT 2521Cost Accounting 13
ACCT 3511Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT 3512Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT 3526Accounting Information Systems3
ACCT 3531Federal Taxes on Income3
ACCT 3533Advanced Financial Accounting3
or ACCT 3532 Topics in Taxation
ACCT 3596Auditing3
Concentration Requirements
ACCT 4501Accounting Analytics Senior Seminar3
CIS 1051Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming in Python4
MIS 2502Data and Analytics3
Total Credit Hours31

All accounting majors are waived from the college requirement of IB 3101 unless they add a second major or a minor. Please see an academic advisor to review this waiver further.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting with Optional Concentration in Data Analytics

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Please note that this plan is suggested only, ensuring prerequisites are met.

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
STAT 1001Quantitative Methods for Business I3
ECON 1101Macroeconomic Principles3
HRM 1101Leadership and Organizational Management3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
STAT 1102Quantitative Methods for Business II4
ECON 1102Microeconomic Principles3
LGLS 1101Legal Environment of Business3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
STAT 2103Statistical Business Analytics (waives GenEd Quantitative Literacy requirement)4
ACCT 2101Financial Accounting3
MIS 2101Digital Systems3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
MKTG 2101Marketing Management3
BA 2101Professional Development Strategies1
BA 2196Business Communications [WI]3
ACCT 2521Cost Accounting3
ACCT 3511Intermediate Accounting I3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
RMI 2101Introduction to Risk Management3
FIN 3101Financial Management3
MSOM 3101Operations Management3
BA 3102Business Society and Ethics3
ACCT 3512Intermediate Accounting II3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
BA 3103Integrative Business Applications3
ACCT 3526Accounting Information Systems3
CIS 1051Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming in Python4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
BA 4101Global Business Policies3
ACCT 3531Federal Taxes on Income3
ACCT 3596Auditing [WI]3
MIS 2502Data and Analytics3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
ACCT 4501Accounting Analytics Senior Seminar3
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Financial Accounting 
Topics in Taxation 
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective2
 Term Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours: 124