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Major in the McCombs School of Business

Major Accounting

The undergraduate accounting degree has traditionally been recognized as one of the premier accounting degrees in the country.

The top-ranked Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) accounting program provides students with a broad overall education, solid grounding in the common body of knowledge of business administration, and exposure to accounting in sufficient depth to help them achieve entry-level competence for pursuit of a career in public accounting, government or industry.

Accounting coursework equips students with the knowledge to:

  • Prepare and examine financial records
  • Understand financial analysis techniques
  • Acquire a profound knowledge of business transactions
  • Present financial statements to assist in decision making
  • Ensure that financial statements comply with laws/regulations
  • Prepare tax returns

Declaration Requirements


Prospective students at the University of Texas at Austin should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

How to Declare


Undergraduates currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin who wish to change to a business major need to apply for an internal transfer. McCombs School of Business accepts students for the fall semester only.

Students are encouraged to attend an internal transfer information session and check their eligibility to apply through the McCombs Internal Transfer website.

Find out more about the internal transfer process, including the procedures, requirements to apply, historical summary of acceptance, and additional opportunities.

Required Courses


View the School of Business undergraduate degree plans to learn more about the required courses for the accounting major.

View the course offerings page for up-to-date information on accounting courses offered through McCombs.



The undergraduate program in accounting does not offer tracks, concentrations, specializations or other options. In order to specialize, a student would need to apply to the master's in professional accounting program.



Due to the nature of accounting, these students tend to be analytical and are adept at following rules and rigid guidelines. They must understand the rules and regulations of accounting practices and standards and be able to report and document accordingly. Upon completion of a BBA in accounting, a student will have a proficient understanding of general accounting standards, rules and regulations.


  • Proficient in basic math skills
  • Ability to understand the rules and regulations applied to handling financial data
  • Strong strategic analytic and planning skills
  • Recognize inconsistencies and abnormalities in accounting reports
  • Time management skills (ability to meet deadlines)
  • Strong quantitative abilities
  • Detail orientated

Your major does not always determine your career path. Many graduates pursue careers outside their field, depending on their interests and experiences.


It’s not just your major that matters! Make yourself marketable by gaining a variety of experiences in college. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.

Contact a Texas Career Engagement career counselor today to find out how you can turn your major into a career.