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BSBA Major in Accounting

The accounting profession is in the midst of an exciting time of evolution as a result of automation, data analytics and hybrid/remote work, as well as the usual changes in financial reporting and tax regulations.

Accountants fill key roles on teams as business partners and financial experts in consulting, professional services, public accounting, companies of all sizes, startups, nonprofit organizations and all levels of government.

An accounting degree from Drexel LeBow empowers students with a solid foundation in accounting, audit and tax principles, analysis and communication skills and the ability to collaborate to solve complex issues.

Accounting Major Curriculum

Recognizing that our students’ accounting ambitions take them to a wide variety of careers, the accounting curriculum is designed to allow students to customize their plan of study while meeting and exceeding the needs of the profession.

The recommended plan of study includes classes in applied and social sciences, marketing and business communication, finance, business law and management information systems. Faculty members take LeBow’s commitment to experiential learning seriously, and the accounting classes — from intro to capstone — feature hands-on learning with current cases and applications.

Students start with four core courses that build their skills in financial reporting, taxation, managerial accounting and audit functions; then choose from four accounting electives to tailor the curriculum for their career goals. Examples include:

  • ACCT 327: Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACCT 350: Accounting Information Systems
  • TAX 360: The New Age of State and Local Taxation
  • TAX 425: Tax and Business Strategy

Choose a ninth class from the accounting experiential electives. Examples include:

  • ACCT 420: Emerging Industry Analysis: Accounting Perspectives — Cannabis is the current focus industry.
  • TAX 415: Tax Experiential Learning — Build your consulting skills while having a positive social impact. You gain IRS training and work with Philly area low-income families in preparing their income tax returns.

View all accounting courses in the Drexel Catalog

For those planning on becoming certified accountants, the LeBow accounting program provides all the credit hours required by the CPA exam through either an accelerated MS program or by double majoring.

Learn more about our degree course requirements
View the plan of study in the Drexel Catalog

More Ways to Study Accounting

Dual degree programs at Drexel LeBow enable academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor's and an advanced degree in five years.

Drexel LeBow offers a variety of minors and certificates to supplement your major, for both LeBow students and those from other Drexel colleges.

Institute of Managment Accountants Higher Education Edorsement Badge

Drexel LeBow's undergraduate accounting program is now a member of the IMA's Higher Education Endorsement Program! This signifies our accounting program provides the rigorous curriculum needed for students to prepare for the CMA exam.

Drexel Co-op and Experience

Drexel LeBow Student on Co-op

Over 100 years of industry partnership has taught us the value of an immersive education. We focus on ensuring students have access to a wide variety of learning opportunities beyond the classroom to gain deep expertise, broad perspectives and the essential soft skills needed to succeed in business and in life.

Drexel Co-op

Through the Drexel Co-op program, accounting majors alternate six months of classroom learning with six months of full-time professional experience through University-approved employers. With plans of study that allow for up to three co-ops, students can gain as much as 18 months of practical, hands-on experience in the workplace, applying what they’ve learned in real-world settings long before graduation.

Students have completed their LeBow accounting co-ops in companies both big and small, locally and around the world. Past accounting co-op placements include:

  • Ametek Inc.
  • Comcast Corporation
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

Learn more about Drexel Co-op at LeBow

Learn by Experience

In addition to the Co-op program, experiential learning opportunities abound at LeBow, including consulting courses, case competitions, international residencies, research projects, industry thought leader events, alumni mentorship and more.

Through projects made possible by the Dana and David Dornsife Office for Experiential Learning and Drexel Solutions Institute, our students apply their learning on real and simulated challenges, working with organizations domestically and internationally from Unilever, the Philadelphia 76ers, KPMG and PwC to nonprofit and governmental partners.

For example, in TAX 415 Tax Experiential Learning, students build their consulting skills while having a positive social impact, gaining IRS training and working with Philly area low-income families in preparing their income tax returns.

Learn more about the Dornsife Office for Experiential Learning

Student Organizations

At Drexel LeBow, students have many opportunities to engage outside of the classroom through student-run organizations, connecting with a community that shares their major, their heritage or any of the other unique characteristics that unite our diverse student population. The opportunities to collaborate, network and engage are endless.

The Accounting Society helps undergrads understand the accounting curriculum, CPA Exam and networking through workshop, events and mentoring opportunities.

Drexel Women in Business strives to provide its members with resources and opportunities to succeed in business, with a focus on the female professional.

Careers and Network

A business degree with an accounting major is useful in nearly any field or sector. LeBow accounting graduates have found jobs in law and accounting firms, banking and financial institutions, nonprofit organizations and local/state/federal government.

Learn more about accounting career opportunities

Campus and Facilities

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Our 12-story, 177,500-square-foot home, Gerri C. LeBow Hall, is located at the heart of the Drexel University campus, which is located in Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood, home to the city’s vibrant research and technology corridor. Being located in Philadelphia, and within a short distance of New York and Washington D.C. means Drexel LeBow students have access, not just to our 1700+ industry partners but also to a wealth of experience from leaders in the business, research and governmental fields.

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Connect with Us

Our staff is ready to help you with any questions you may have about the application process, including which program is right for you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Caitlin Brady

Director, Undergraduate Programs and Recruitment

(215) 571-3570

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