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The accounting fifth-year option allows qualifying students to first earn a B.B.A. with a major in Accounting and then an M.B.A. with a concentration in Accounting. The benefits of the fifth-year option are:
Early assurance into the M.B.A. program
Full admission into the M.B.A. program upon the award of the B.B.A. degree
Waiver of the M.B.A. application process and related application fees
Enrollment in up to 9 hours of graduate coursework during the student's final undergraduate semesters. Any graduate hours earned will toward the M.B.A. degree.
The accounting fifth-year option consists of the following three sequential steps:
Intent Form and Plan of Academic Coursework
Undergraduate accounting majors with less than 90 program hours (i.e., hours earned toward a B.B.A. in Accounting) and who meet the following criteria are eligible to file an accounting fifth-year intent form:
Students with less that 24 college credit hours earned after high school graduation must have a minimum SAT score of 1100 (Math + Evidence Based reading & Writing) and a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale, or
Students with 24 or more college credit hours earned after high school graduation must have a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall and, if applicable, 2.75 in accounting.
The accounting fifth-year intent form must be filed with the student's accounting academic advisor. In response, the advisor will prepare a plan of academic coursework. After the accounting fifth-year intent form and the plan of academic coursework are approved by the School of Business, the student is designated as participating in the accounting fifth-year option (i.e., the student's degree audit code is changed to ACC.FYO.BBA).
The student may withdraw from the accounting fifth-year option at any time resulting in the student's degree audit code reverting to ACC.BBA.
2. Early Assurance
Once 90 program hours are reached, the GPA of the accounting fifth-year option student is reviewed.
Students with a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall and 2.75 in accounting are admitted into the M.B.A. program with a provisional status.
Students not meeting the GPA requirement are removed from the accounting fifth-year option, and the student's degree audit code is changed to ACC.BBA. The student may complete the normal application process for the M.B.A. program. Or, the student may request any graduate credit earned under the accounting fifth-year option to be applied to the B.B.A. degree.
3. Full Admission
Once the B.B.A. degree is awarded, the GPA of the accounting fifth-year option student is again reviewed.
Students with a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall and 2.75 in accounting are fully admitted into the M.B.A. program (i.e., admission status is no longer provisional). Following full admission into the M.B.A. program, accounting fifth-year option students are subject to the normal M.B.A. policies in the graduate catalog.
Students not meeting the GPA requirement remain provisionally admitted. In order to be fully admitted, the student must complete the normal application process for the M.B.A. program.