Accounting Major

Chair: Michael Peters, PhD., Alvin A Clay Professor of Accounting
Associate Chair: Denise Downey, PhD., KPMG Endowed Professor in Accounting
Office: 3019 Bartley Hall
Telephone: 610-519-4340 


To earn an accounting major, students must complete the university core curriculum, the business core curriculum, along with all four required accounting courses plus two accounting elective courses. A major in Accounting leads to a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration.

If an accounting major decides to become a certified public accountant (CPA), the requirements differ by state but most include completing 150 credit hours in an accounting program at a college/university, passing the Uniform CPA Exam, and obtaining a specific amount of professional work experience. Today, most professional accounting firms require the completion of 150 credit hours prior to employment.

Many students earn their 150 credit hours by completing both an undergraduate and graduate degree; our two accounting graduate degrees include the Master of Accounting with Data Analytics (MAC) and Master of Business Taxation with Data Analytics (MBT). Students can earn both degrees over the course of four, four and a half, or five years. Alternatively, some students fulfill the 150 credit hours by overloading classes as undergraduates during the fall and spring semesters and/or by taking summer classes. Please contact the accounting department faculty mentors for more information and guidance on earning 150 credit hours.

PRIMARY MAJOR (125 Credits)

125 credits are required to complete Accounting as the primary major and the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. For students seeking the Bachelor of Business Administration, Honors degree and Accounting as the primary major, 126 credits are required.

Accounting Major Courses (18 Credits)

Accounting major requires six (6) unique ACC courses. 

Note: ACC 3430, ACC 3460 (6 cr.), ACC 3470 (6 cr.), and ACC 3500 do not count toward Accounting elective courses.

Plus two (2) Accounting elective courses  +
Sub-Total Credits

Core Curriculum Requirements


Degree Credit Summary

  • Major Course Requirements: 18 Credits
  • Core Curriculum Requirements: 89 Credits
    • Liberal Arts & Sciences Curriculum (44 cr.)
    • Business Core Requirements (45 cr.)
  • Elective Requirements: 18 Credits
  • Total Credits: 125 Credits

Additional Information

  • All Arts and Sciences core courses, business core courses (except VSB 0099 – 0 cr. and VSB 1000 – 1 cr.), major courses, minor courses, and concentration courses must be taken for a letter grade. 
  • One credit courses {except ACC 2020, COM 5300, EGEN 2100 (for Engineering EENT or EESI minor), FIN 2121, VSB 1000, VSB 2000, VSB 2121, and VSB 3000} may not satisfy degree requirements, including free electives. 
    • Three ACC 2020 (1 cr.) on the following topics may satisfy a free elective requirement:
      • Introduction to Forensics for Accountants
      • Introduction to Deals Advisory for Accountants
      • Introduction to Digital & Cyber-security for Accountants
    • Three COM 5300 (1 cr.) on different topics may satisfy a non-business or a free elective requirement.
  • An “S/U” grade (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option) is only permitted for a non-business elective or free electives. See the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option section for more information.  
  • A course that fulfills a major and co-major requirement can satisfy a maximum of two requirements - no triple dipping. For example, MGT 3170 cannot fulfill a Management major, a Business Analytics co-major, AND a Free Elective.


Students who declare Accounting as a secondary major must complete all accounting major courses to earn this major. Secondary accounting major courses may fulfill the free elective requirements. 

Total Credits:


The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Summer 2024 and beyond. Please consult the appropriate archived catalog available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 




Bachelor of Business Administration

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