Undergraduate Program in Accounting (BBA)

The four-year program leads to the bachelor's degree in business administration (BBA). Students seek undergraduate training in accounting for a variety of reasons, including preparation for various careers in accounting, finance, other business or not-for-profit areas, or preparation for law school. Moreover, accounting—as a social science and as the language of business concerned with the measurement and communication of entities' economic events and circumstances—encompasses a broad range of activities and decisions as well as managerial incentives and other organizational issues. The BBA in accounting prepares individuals for careers in as wide a variety of areas as one can imagine.

Career Opportunities

Most prospective students are very interested in the employment opportunities they can expect upon graduating from an accounting program. Here at Iowa, we are proud that more than 120 firms recruit accounting students on campus every year. Our program and graduates are highly regarded, as indicated by the following comments.

"The quality of the Iowa graduates that join PwC continues to be excellent and match the high expectations of our client's professional needs. In recent years, we have been successful in hiring Iowa students into a large number of our PwC markets and offices, showing that their skills are mobile and highly sought after." Christopher J. Hoffman, Assurance Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
"At FTI Consulting, we advise in a wide variety of industries across the globe and have the capacity to offer deep subject matter expertise in the areas our clients need. As an accounting graduate from the University of Iowa, your opportunities are endless when it comes to gaining experience and developing your career at our firm, and we look forward to our continued partnership." Stephen Belyn, Managing Director, FTI Consulting
"With close proximity in the Creative Corridor, the Tippie College of Business is a key source for supplying top talent to Transamerica. Tippie accounting alums are heavily represented throughout the organization in accounting, audit, risk management and tax—from interns and new hires to divisional CEOs. We know that Tippie graduates will have strong technical backgrounds and well developed written and verbal communication skills upon joining Transamerica and will enhance our team." Mark Polking, Senior Vice President, Director of Internal Audit, Transamerica
"Rockwell Collins relies on the University of Iowa as a talent source for our internship and accounting/finance rotation programs. The rotation program gives new graduates diverse experiences across many accounting and finance disciplines during their first three years along with opportunities for networking and personal development. At just 20 miles down I-380 from our Cedar Rapids headquarters, the University of Iowa continues to be a consistent source of talented graduates with strong technical capabilities, as well as robust written and oral communication skills." Steve Buesing, Vice President and Controller, Commercial Systems Division, Rockwell Collins