Accounting Concentration (BACA)

A Degree in Business Administration–Career

Accounting is the number one college degree sought by employers again this year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Understand the basic principles of accounting for the preparation of internal reports related to the management and decision-making processes of a firm. A business degree prepares you for a large variety of jobs. A business degree is often viewed as a vocational or job-focused degree because it provides learners with the practical skills and knowledge most desired in the workplace. Through courses in management, general business, liberal arts, science, accounting, and marketing, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to get that next promotion or prepare for transfer to a bachelor degree program. Check out the MWCC School of Business website at http://business.mwcc.edu.

Number Suggested Course Order Cr Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ACC101 Principles of Accounting I

3

FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
CIS127 Computer Technologies

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG101 English Composition I

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
MKT142 Marketing

3

ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
MAT163 Pre-Calculus (or higher)

4

MAT134 or placement
ACC102 Principles of Accounting II

3

ACC101
ACC227 Computerized Accounting

3

ACC101; CIS120 or CIS127
ENG102 English Composition II

3

ENG101
SPC113 Speech

3

ENG101
BUS201 International Business

3

ENG101
ACC226 Managerial Accounting I

3

ACC102 or permission of division dean
ECO101 Macroeconomics

3

MAT096 or placement, ENG101
BUS105 Business Ethics

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ACC224 Taxation

3

ACC101
MGT210 Principles of Management

3

ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
MGT250 Strategic Management

3

ACC102, CIS127, ENG102, completion of 45 credits toward a BA or BAC degree
ECO102 Microeconomics

3

MAT096 or placement, ENG101;(ECO101 strongly recommended)
BUS211 Business Law I

3

ENG101
FIN250 Basic Finance

3

ACC102
Science Elective

3

Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
Health Elective

2/3

Electives: BIO101, BIO103, BIO112, BIO230, CHC101, CHC102, CHC108, CHC220, EXS102, EXS201, PER126, PER127, PER130
                                                Total: 63/64 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day or evening at the Gardner or Leominster Campuses. Many of the classes are available online.

Helpful hints: Our MWCC business faculty members  are recognized for their teaching ability and impressive array of local, national, and international business credentials. Many are sought-after consultants and serve as advisory board members for corporations and non-profit organizations. They stress critical thinking. Many learners spend additional time outside of class working on class projects that ultimately will enhance their resume.

Transfer options: Although this program prepares students for immediate career entry, students do transfer to four-year colleges and universities. For a complete list of transfer agreements and options visit MWCC’s transfer website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3PlusONE.

Special requirements: Prior to enrolling in each course, students should ensure they meet course requirements. Many business electives are offered to meet students’ career goals. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Graduates of the Business Administration Accounting degree can obtain junior accounting positions and advance to accountant positions by demonstrating their accounting skills on the job. A variety of entry-level and training positions await you, including junior accountant, assistant auditor, bookkeeper, loan service representative, assistant office manager, tax preparation assistant, credit and collection associate, and junior financial analysts. Graduates of the program that go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance will find many career options including: accounting and auditing, budget analyst, claims adjuster, commercial banking, corporate finance, cost estimator, consulting, analysts and personal financial advisors, insurance, insurance underwriter, investment banking, loan officers and counselors, management consultant, money management, securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents.

Earning potential: $26,350 and $40,130 per year.

Program Competencies for, BA, BAC, and BACA

Upon graduation from these programs students shall have demonstrated the ability to:Identify basic principles used in the business world today.

  • Identify basic principles used in the business world today.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic economic principles including skills necessary to read, create, and understand graphical information.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the “marketing concept” and its application by profit-seeking firms of this decade.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how monetary and fiscal policies are used to stabilize or stimulate the US economy.
  • Use the latest computer and electronic technology in both personal lives and professional careers.
  • Analyze economic events necessary for recording accounting transactions that result in accurately-prepared financial statements.
  • Apply basic management principles skills in order to obtain employment in fields related to training such that job performance will satisfactorily provide employers in the area with skills needed to meet current labor market trends.

Technical Standards* for, BA, BAC, BACA, BUC, CAA, and SBC

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 70.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Manipulate small items such as a mouse or keyboard.
  • Read data from a computer screen.
  • Sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.