The Department of Business offers a sequence of accounting courses, which may be used to qualify you for possible career interests.

One option is a concentration of five courses (17 credit hours) within your business major as part of your Bachelor of Arts degree. This degree pattern will provide you with a general management accounting program, and it will prepare you for a career in private industry or government. (See BUSINESS DEPARTMENT section.)

Another option is a more complete sequence of accounting courses (approximately nine courses) as part of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. This sequence and the B.B.A. degree will give you the course requirements for certification by the State Board of Accountancy. It will also qualify you to take the examination to become a certified public accountant (C.P.A.). (See BUSINESS DEPARTMENT section.)

Areas of Concentration

  • Bachelor of Arts, Business Major (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
  • Business Minor
  • Associate of Arts (A.A.)
  • Post-degree Certificate


Auditor / Banker / Certified Public Accountant / Credit Analyst / Controller / Financial Planner / Governmental Accountant / International Accountant / Tax Accountant / Treasurer

The digital information age has created a tremendous demand for financial information and for people who want to be a part of supplying and interpreting that information. A concentration in accounting can prepare you for a variety of stimulating opportunities in today's financial world. You could, for example, choose a career as an auditor, banker, financial planner, credit analyst, treasurer, controller, tax accountant, governmental accountant or certified public accountant. Demand for international accountants has been increasing rapidly. Your background in a foreign language (see INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN LANGUAGES AND BUSINESS) would prepare you for an exciting career in international finance. Your selection of a degree program, of course, should coincide with your career goals.


Program Scheduling

You may complete this program as a day or evening student.

Transfer Students

The Business Department generally accepts transfer credits from accredited institutions of higher education. Business majors, however, must earn a minimum of 15 credit hours in business or accounting at Marygrove. The head of the Business Department will determine other required courses. Refer to the Marygrove website for updated transfer guides for course equivalencies.

Advanced Placement and College Level Examination Program (AP/CLEP)

Students completing Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) with grades three or higher will be granted credit.

Credits awarded for successful achievement on the General and Subject Examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) may be applied toward an undergraduate degree.

Academic Performance

Only courses with a grade of C- or better can be applied to fulfill the business core, the area of concentration, and the related discipline requirements of a major in business and/or the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree. Only courses with a grade of C- or better may fulfill requirements of a minor in business.

Writing Intensive Course

Successful completion of BUS 308, Business and Professional Writing, and ENG 312, Advanced Written and Oral Communication, is required to fulfill the writing intensive requirement for this program.

Senior Seminar Requirement

All Marygrove students are required to take the senior seminar, a capstone experience to demonstrate competency in the major field of study. BUS 496, Senior Research Seminar, which is offered in both Terms 1 and 2, is the senior year experience for Business and Accounting students.

Internship/Cooperative Education

Internship or Cooperative education is the integration of classroom work with practical paid or unpaid employment experience in an organized program. This program allows you to earn college credits while you are employed. Permission of the department head is required to elect an internship or cooperative education field experience. No more than 12 credit hours may be earned from cooperative education toward your degree.


The Business Department presents an award to the outstanding senior with a business major.


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