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professional accounting.

B.B.A. Degree in Business Administration
(Professional Accounting Concentration)

Professional Accounting Degree Concentration - Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) 

the bachelor of business administration degree in professional accounting

Accounting is a field with a growing demand for well-qualified talent. Earning your Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Professional Accounting will position you for a career working in corporations, state or local governments, or nonprofits where you will help your organization grow revenue, reduce costs, and contribute to the strategic decision-making process.

If you’re passionate about accuracy, accountability, and data-driven analysis then a business degree focused in accounting from Catawba College may be the launchpad to a very successful and satisfying future.

admission requirements for professional accounting

This degree requires an Associates in Applied Science in Accounting for admission. Applicants who have not yet completed the AAS in Accounting should contact us for information on how and when to apply for the maximum credit transfer and the fastest path to graduation. If you are seeking 150 credit hours for the CPA exam, we can advise you on that as well.

professional accounting career forecast

Catawba's Professional Accounting graduates work in local and regional accounting firms providing tax, accounting, and audit services, provide managerial decision-making using a knowledge of tax and capital management, and manage accounting departments. Our faculty are practicing accountants who can bring anonymous client work into the classroom to show you how concepts in the textbook are applied in the real word. They specialize in the healthcare industry, manufacturing, and service industries — virtually any place you are likely to work.

Graduates in the Professional Accounting program at Catawba College become team leaders, managers, directors, and vice presidents. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree provides the working adult student a broad base of the knowledge in all areas of business, to add to your accounting knowledge, preparing you to make important decisions to help your organization reach its objectives. A graduate who only knows one function of a business has limited potential; a graduate who knows all functions of a business has unlimited potential.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in the accounting and auditing occupations to increase by approximately 10% through the year 2026, which is remarkable growth for a career field that has existed for over 100 years.  The working adult student with an accounting degree already has work experience, so your resume becomes a powerful asset in your career search.


professional accounting degree PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS 

The Professional Accounting degree program at Catawba College is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), meaning the courses we teach, the way we teach them, and the resources we provide to students in Catawba’s Ketner School of Business adhere to business world best practices. It also means that our faculty constant assess and improve their teaching styles and their curricula to stay in sync with the latest trends and cycles in business.

Catawba College Evening Students
Flexibility & Support.

We support full-time adult students and part-time adult students. Catawba's business degree is flexible to match your schedule and your career goals. You can go to school year round, or take the summer off. You can also take a month off during a semester, and still be a full-time student for financial aid. Our adult business program is designed to give you valuable skills and a strong resume for career advancement. Our Office of Career Services can assist you with your resume to showcase your current employment and your coursework. 

Catawba College Evening Students in Class
High-Touch Environment.

Unlike the big online programs at big schools, the evening degree program at Catawba College is a high-touch environment. We combine online work with weekly face-to-face faculty time because you want that expertise from a mentor and coach. If you want fully online courses, we have those as well — with faculty who are chosen based on their commitment to being accessible to the working adult student with many responsibilities. Our faculty respond to you by email, text, chats, virtual office hours, and cell phones. Their goal is to help you succeed by providing new knowledge and skills that you can take into the workplace right away. Some adult students are nervous about returning to school after 10 or more years. Many of our faculty were adult students so we understand that, and we are here to help. 

Dr. Pamela Thompson teaches Information Systems
Real-World Experience.

Many of our faculty are highly experienced working professionals who bring their specific expertise into the classroom. This provides you with real and often currently active problems and challenges in the workplace. These examples can be dissected and discussed in class, with solutions that can be implemented tomorrow at your place of employment. For example, one of our Information Systems professors, Dr. Pamela Thompson, is conducting research on shark attacks in North Carolina using data analytics models you will learn and master in her courses. These models are used to identify trends such as shopping and buying patterns of your current and potential customers. 

Catawba College Evening Student Assisted by Faculty Member
True, Personal Attention.

We believe in small class size; our biggest classes have 24 students. We value personal attention because you value personal attention. You are never left to learn on your own; our faculty are your partners throughout your business degree.

Catawba College Evening Students in Class
Capstone Simulation Experience.

In addition to focused technology courses, the Information Systems degree concentration program concludes with a capstone simulation experience where you operate a virtual business for a semester. You will make strategic and operational decisions in marketing, production, and budgeting. This interactive gaming experience allows you to “put it all together” and hone your new knowledge and skills in a challenging yet safe learning environment. If you miss your forecast, the instructor coaches and mentors you before the next decisions. The result is an opportunity to test your ideas without the risk that comes on the job.

Catawba College Evening student graduate
Scholarships & Financial Assistance.
Adult evening students at Catawba may also be eligible for our Transfer Excellence Award scholarship. This award recognizes outstanding transfer students who wish to earn their bachelor degree from Catawba College and have demonstrated excellence in prior college-level studies and who can indicate strong potential in their future career.
Catawba College Evening student graduate

Catawba College helps busy working adults in Charlotte maintain full-time employment and earn their Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the same time through flexible evening and online classes at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).

fun fact: we are transfer-friendly

In 2017, 100% of our adult graduates had transfer credits from at least one other institution and most had attended more than two other schools before graduating from Catawba College. We are intensely friendly to transfer students and we are a place busy adult come to finish their bachelor’s degree. 

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Catawba College Professional Accounting program graduates become team leaders, managers, directors, and vice presidents. They currently work in these fields:

    • Government
    • Large National Retailers
    • Large Manufacturers
    • Non-profits
    • Healthcare
    • Banks 


Graduates of the adult evening Professional Accounting program at Catawba College are ready for graduate study for a:

    • Masters in Accounting
    • Masters in Business Administration 

If graduate school is not your goal, then you are well prepared with a broad-based knowledge of accounting and business so that you can apply your skills at higher levels. 


“I couldn’t fathom going through a traditional program after experiencing the block style, it was imperative to my success.”

April Mai Roher '17
BBA Graduate

Accounting Facilities & Resources

mputer Labs


Technology (IT)



Catawba's working adult students have access to Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and Phi Beta Lamba Business Society. An honor society is an outstanding addition to a resume, and the business society provides additional skills that are valued by employers.

Catawba College also offers various business presentations throughout the semester for students to attend where they can meet current professionals in target industries. 


Dr. Eric R. Hake

Professor of Economics; Associate Dean, Ketner School of Business; Ph.D., University of Tennessee 

Dr. Stephen Hiatt

Professor of Business; Ph.D., Arizona State University 

Dr. Renee A. Just

Assistant Professor of Business

Dr. James “Jamie” W. Slate

Associate Professor of Economics; Ph.D., University of Tennessee 

Dr. Pamela Thompson

Associate Professor of Business & Information Systems; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte 


Required Courses for Professional Accounting Concentration (B.B.A. Degree)
Required Courses for Professional Accounting Concentration (B.B.A. Degree)

This program in the School of Evening and Graduate Studies at Catawba College leads to the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Professional Accounting.  This degree requires an Associates in Applied Science in Accounting for admission. You will receive a broad exposure to many areas of business, including management, ethics, economics, and strategy, and additional finance, advanced accounting and auditing. Graduates will be prepared for management careers that often start in the accounting department and lead to broader levels of responsibility, as well as receiving an undergraduate degree and additional credit hours required for the CPA exam.

Professional Accounting Concentration


A minimum of 120 semester hours:

  • 36 hours of General Education courses
  • 57 hours of Major Courses
  • Elective Courses to complete the graduation requirement of 120 semester hours


  • ACC 1901 – Principles of Accounting I
  • ACC 1902 – Principles of Accounting II
  • ECON 1901 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 1902 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • FIN 2535 – Managerial Finance
  • IS 2501 – Fundamentals of Information Systems for Organizations
  • MGT 2302 – Business Data Analytics or ECON 2101 – Business & Economic Statistics
  • MGT 2501 – Principles of Management
  • MGT 2566 – Business Ethics
  • MGT 3990 – Strategic Management
  • MGT 4991 – Strategic Simulation
  • MKT 2501 – Principles of Marketing



Professional Accounting Curriculum

  • ACC 3701 - Auditing
  • ACC 4101 - Seminar: Special Topics
  • ECON 2101 - Business and Economic Statistics
  • FIN 3201 - Financial Statement & Securities Analysis
  • MGT 2453 - Business Law I
  • MATH 1132 - Introduction to Statistics
  • ACC Elective 3000 and above



General Education Curriculum and Electives
Core Requirements in Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Science, Natural Science/Math, and Non-Western Perspectives may be met through Foundations & Skills and Perspectives:

Foundation & Skills

  • First Year Writing (3 s.h.)
  • Second Year Writing (3 s.h.)
  • Quantitative Literacy (6 s.h.)


  • Historical/Social (6 s.h.)
  • Interpretive (6 s.h.)
  • Creative (3 s.h.)
  • Scientific (6 s.h.)
  • Additional Historical/Social, Interpretive, Creative (3 s.h.)


  • Elective Courses to complete the graduation requirement of 120 semester hours



120 (minimum)

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

Required Core Business Courses

ACC 1901 – Principles of Accounting I
A study of the accounting principles with emphasis on the use and analysis of financial information for decision-making purposes.

ACC 1902 – Principles of Accounting II
A continuation of the study of accounting principles from a user's perspective with an introduction to the internal information needs of management. Prerequisite: ACC 1901.

ECON 1901 – Principles of Macroeconomics 
A study in the foundations of economic analysis, national income accounting, economic growth, and the public sector, with emphasis on macroeconomics.

ECON 1902 – Principles of Microeconomics
A study of markets, the price systems and allocation of resources, distribution of income, international economy, and perspectives on economic change, with emphasis on microeconomics.

ECON 2101 – Business & Economics Statistics
A study of statistical techniques in business and economics, including collection and presentation of business and economic data, measures of control tendencies, dispersion, index numbers, probability, sampling distributions and test of hypotheses. Prerequisite: Completion of Quantitative Literacy Requirement (MATH 1132 is highly recommended).

FIN 2535 – Managerial Finance
A study of financial management for business firms to include financing and investing decisions. Prerequisite: ACC 1901

IS 2501 – Fundamentals of Information Systems for Organizations
A comparison of various sources and uses of information and their interaction: merging of data processing, word processing & communications for optional management decision making.

MGT 2302 – Business Data Analytics
This course provides an introduction to the field of business analytics, including statistical and quantitative analysis of data, exploratory and predictive models, and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions. Data warehouse, data marts, and data mining techniques are introduced.

MGT 2501 – Principles of Management
An examination of major concepts, theories and practices in business management, with emphasis on planning, decision-making, basic organizational structures, motivation and leadership styles.

MGT 2566 – Business Ethics
A consideration of the major ethical theories that guide human and business behavior. Topics will include ethical issues in advertising, product safety, pursuit of profits, employee rights, treatment of workers, effects on the environment, use of natural resources, and multi-national operations.

MGT 3990 – Strategic Management
An integrative capstone course examining the setting of strategic objectives, developing corporate strategies, and translating objectives and strategies into current operational plans. Prerequisites: MKT 2501, FIN 2535, MGT 2501, Senior Standing

MGT 4991 - Strategic Simulation
The course places the students into a competitive business environment using interactive simulation software to apply all concepts from the business degree in a multi-year strategic planning and implementation scenario.

MKT 2501 – Principles of Marketing
A study of the marketing environment; marketing, planning, and information; market segmentation; buyer behavior; strategies for product distribution, promotion, and pricing; societal issues, service, nonprofit and international marketing.


Concentration Courses for Professional Accounting

FIN 3201  –  Financial Statement and Securities Analysis 
A comprehensive analysis of financial statements and securities from an investor's perspective. Prerequisite: FIN 2535.

ACC 3701  – Auditing
Fundamentals of auditing procedures and objectives with emphasis on audit reports, internal control, working papers, examination of auditing records, impact of computers on auditing procedures and professional ethics. Prerequisite: ACC 2501 and Junior standing.

ACC 4101  – Seminar in Accounting
A course designed to afford the student with a major concentration or minor in Accounting an opportunity to study an area that is not fully covered in a standard accounting course. This is a seminar-style course that requires independent reading, presentations and open class discussions. Prerequisite: ACC 2501 and permission of instructor.

ACC 3000+  – Any Elective over 3000

ECON 2101  – Business and Economic Statistics
A study of statistical techniques in business and economics, including collection and presentation of business and economic data, measures of control tendencies, dispersion, index numbers, probability, sampling distributions and test of hypotheses. Prerequisite: completion of the Mathematics General Education Requirement (MATH 1132 is highly recommended).

MGT 2453 – Business Law I
An introduction to the legal system as it applies to commercial transactions and a study of the substantive law of contracts.

MATH 1132  – Introduction to Statistics 
An introduction to elementary statistics, including topics such as normal distribution, histograms, mean, standard deviations, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing techniques.

Other Courses

See the Catawba College catalog for descriptions of Business electives and General Education courses.