Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting - Shorter University

Four students meeting in the College of Business

“Accounting opens doors in every kind of business coast to coast. It can give you the foundation you need to go on and become a CPA. It can prepare you to become a partner in an accounting firm, to pursue a career in finance or corporate management, to work in government, or even to become an entrepreneur. In fact, no matter what you decide to do, having an accounting background can open doors wide.”

American Institute of CPAs

This degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in the various fields of accounting and management, including careers in public accounting firms, corporate firms, and governmental and not-for-profit organizations. The program emphasizes a broad background in the arts and sciences through elective courses outside the Department of Business Administration as well as business and accounting courses.

Program Strengths

  • A curriculum with a strong business emphasis
  • Experienced faculty who bring a wealth of first-hand know-how to the class
  • Coursework that combines both theory and practice with an emphasis on the practical skills
  • Opportunities for internships to provide students with hands-on experience in the field
  • Small class size

Accounting Course Offerings

  • ACC 2010 – Principles of Financial Accounting
  • ACC 2020 – Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • ACC 3000 – QuickBooks™
  • ACC 3050 – Income Tax I
  • ACC 3060 – Income Tax II
  • ACC 3080 – Governmental Accounting
  • ACC 3110 – Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 3120 – Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC 3160 – Macro Fraud Examination
  • ACC 3170 – Micro Fraud Examination
  • ACC 3180 – Swindles and Schemes
  • ACC 4020 – Auditing
  • ACC 4540 – Forensic Interviews & Interrogations
  • ACC 4820 – Auditing II
  • ACC 4850/4860 – Internship

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16% increase in jobs for accountants nationwide between 2010 and 2020, which is higher than the 14% average growth rate projected for all occupations.

There are many career opportunities in accounting. They include public accountant focusing on tax and auditing services, industry positions such as controller, CFO or internal auditor, cost accountant, forensic accounting, the Internal Revenue Service, and accountants working on local and state governments and not-for-profit enterprises. You might be able to find jobs in places such as corporations, public accounting firms, and government.

For more information contact:

Dr. Heath Hooper
Dean of College of Business and Associate Professor of Sport Management
(706) 292-3906

*** IMPORTANT INFO *** GEORGIA CPA License Information

Information from the National Association of the State Boards of Accountancy (  regarding the requirements for CPA licensure.  Should you need information regarding a different state, please reference the following NASBA website:

Before applying for a CPA license through NASBA’s Licensing Service, please familiarize yourself with this jurisdiction’s licensure requirements below.


Educational requirements to apply for a CPA license in Georgia vary depending on the date the applicant initially sat for the CPA Exam.

Requirements for licensure if your initial sitting for the CPA Exam was prior to January 1, 1998:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Twenty (20) semester hours in Accounting above the introductory level

Requirements for licensure if your initial sitting for the CPA Exam was after January 1, 1998:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Total of 150 semester hours of education
  • Thirty (30) semester hours in Accounting above the introductory level
  • Twenty-four (24) semester hours in business related subjects


One general requirement to apply for a CPA license in Georgia is that you must have passed the Uniform CPA Exam.


  • Initial – $95
  • Transfer of Grades – $195
  • Reciprocal – $195
  • Firm – $150


Below are experience requirements you must obtain to apply for a CPA license in Georgia.

  • One (1) year of continuous qualifying experience:
  • Must include a minimum of 2,000 hours
  • Must be completed not more than one (1) year immediately preceding the date of application
  • Must be under the supervision of an active CPA in good standing

NOTE: The Georgia Board may accept, in lieu of such year of experience in public accounting, evidence satisfactory to the Board of one (1) year of continuous employment in the accounting field in industry, business, academia or government.

Online Applications

Click the following links to apply online:

International Candidates

Education requirements must be met through academic coursework completed at an accredited institution. Professional training is not acceptable toward these requirements. Coursework completed as part of a Chartered Accountant program is considered professional training and is, therefore, not accepted toward the education requirements for the U.S. Uniform CPA License.

Applicants who obtained their education outside the United States must have their educational credentials evaluated by NASBA International Evaluation Services.