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This program qualifies students for general accounting careers in business and for admission to the New York State Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination and to those of many other states. (Note: New York state and most other states require 150 hours of course work for actual licensure. Students intending to pursue careers in public accounting are advised to consider the three options outlined below. Students planning to obtain CPA licenses in states other than New York should also consider taking the New York state 150-hour option.) Majors in accounting must have an overall grade point average of 2.0 in accounting course work at Hofstra. In addition, they must have a C- or better in ACCT 101, 102, 123 and 124 whether taken at Hofstra or transferred in from another institution. Otherwise, these accounting courses must be retaken at Hofstra since no waivers will be granted for them. The requirements are: ACCT 123, 124, 125, 131, 133, 135, 143, 144; LEGL 024 and electives chosen under advisement. Program Requirements and Recommended Sequence - Total Hours: 128* *(For students interested in general accounting careers, not CPA licensure) Sophomore Year ACCT 101 - Financial Accounting Semester Hours: 3 ACCT 102 - Managerial Accounting Semester Hours: 3 Junior Year 1st Semester ACCT 123 - Financial Accounting Theory and Practice I Semester Hours: 3 LEGL 024 - Legal Aspects of Business Organizations and Activities Semester Hours: 3 2nd Semester ACCT 124 - Financial Accounting Theory and Practice II Semester Hours: 3 1st or 2nd Semester ACCT 131 - Cost Accounting Systems Semester Hours: 3 – recommended for students in their junior year Senior Year 1st Semester ACCT 133 - Auditing Theory and Practice Semester Hours: 3 ACCT 143 - Income Tax Accounting I Semester Hours: 3 2nd Semester ACCT 135 - Accounting Information Systems Semester Hours: 3 ACCT 144 - Income Tax Accounting II Semester Hours: 3 1st or 2nd Semester ACCT 125 - Accounting Entities (Advanced) Semester Hours: 3 Note: Transfer students may be eligible to take this course in their junior year. CPA Program Requirements for Students Interested in CPA Licensure Students may meet the New York state 150-hour requirement by taking one of the following three options, in addition to the course work required for the 128-hour program above. Option I: The 152-hour B.B.A. Program in Accounting requires ACCT 134 and one of the following choices (24 s.h. minimum), selected under advisement: a) Three accounting electives and four additional courses 21 s.h. b) A business minor plus additional acceptable courses 21 s.h. c) A second major, plus one additional accounting course, if necessary 21 s.h. Option II: The B.B.A./M.S. Program option is available for those qualified students* who choose to pursue an M.S. in Accounting or Taxation. Students who choose to apply three courses to both the undergraduate and graduate requirements must seek advisement to ensure that they complete a minimum of 150 total semester hours, at the graduate or undergraduate level, and comply with state licensing requirements, after applying nine semester hours to both the B.B.A. and M.S. programs. Students who pursue an M.S. in Accounting may take up to three of the following courses, which will be credited to both the B.B.A. and M.S. degrees. Students in the B.B.A./M.S.-Taxation joint degree program may apply TAX 228 to both the M.S. in Taxation program requirements and to three semester hours of undergraduate business or free-elective requirements. In addition, students may apply any two of the five graduate courses listed below as both business electives in the M.S. in Taxation program and in lieu of certain required courses in the undergraduate accounting major: ACCT 208 instead of ACCT 135 - Accounting Information Systems Semester Hours: 3 ACCT 215 instead of ACCT 144 - Income Tax Accounting II Semester Hours: 3 ACCT 233 instead of ACCT 133 - Auditing Theory and Practice Semester Hours: 3 ACCT 234 instead of ACCT 134 - Advanced Auditing Semester Hours: 3 ACCT 242 instead of ACCT 125 - Accounting Entities (Advanced) Semester Hours: 3 Option III: The B.B.A./M.B.A. Program option is available to those qualified students* who choose to pursue an M.B.A. in one of the following areas: Accounting or Taxation; and who complete two of the following courses, which will be credited to both the B.B.A. and M.B.A. degrees: ACCT 208 instead of ACCT 135 - Accounting Information Systems Semester Hours: 3 ACCT 215 instead of ACCT 144 - Income Tax Accounting II Semester Hours: 3 ACCT 233 instead of ACCT 133 - Auditing Theory and Practice Semester Hours: 3 ACCT 234 instead of ACCT 134 - Advanced Auditing Semester Hours: 3 ACCT 242 instead of ACCT 125 - Accounting Entities (Advanced) Semester Hours: 3 * Footnote * Students selecting the B.B.A./M.S. or B.B.A./M.B.A. option must meet the admission requirements and achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.2 at the time of application to the M.B.A. or M. S. program or upon completion of 92 semester hours of course work toward their B.B.A. degree, whichever is later. Students must be provisionally accepted into the graduate program before they will be allowed to register for graduate courses. For complete M.S. requirements, please see the Hofstra University Graduate Studies Bulletin.

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