Why Bachelor of Arts in Business (Corporate Accounting)

The online BA in Business with a concentration in Corporate Accounting, offered through W. P. Carey School of Business, provides students an avenue to extend their careers’ from the more traditional perspective of “crunching numbers” for someone else to analyzing potential decisions and courses of action from a financial perspective.

Instead of answering, “How much would it cost to expand our business into California?” the question would be, “Financially, does it make sense to expand our business into California?” This latter question is much more a manager, leader oriented question compared to the traditional “How much does it cost” type question and typically requires management accountants to function within a team of experts (e.g. with marketing, regulatory, production team members, etc.) Clearly, the opportunities for management accountants acting more as managers and leaders within an organization are increasing exponentially, with both salaries and opportunities rising above other career options.


The online BA in Corporate Accounting provides students with the domain knowledge needed to lead, from a financial perspective, within an organization. To do so, the online BA in Corporate Accounting is designed to help students prepare for certification. Both the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) which is popular in the U.S.A., and the more recent CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant) sponsored by the AICPA, are within reach. Although the credit hours earned in the BA in Corporate Accounting program will generally help students become eligible for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam, the curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in corporate accounting, and not public accounting, for which the CMA and CGMA certifications may be more relevant.

This program is not available to students with BA, BS or MS degrees in accountancy, and the courses are not available to non-degree students.

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    Admission requirements

    General admission requirements

    All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
    Freshman | Transfer | International | Readmission
    Some programs may have additional requirements for admission.
    Freshman additional requirement
    Freshman applicants who meet the requirements for ASU freshman admission are eligible for direct admission to the W. P. Carey School of Business Bachelor of Arts degree program. To be admitted to ASU, you must be a high school graduate and meet one of the following criteria:

    *ASU and W. P. Carey do not require the writing portion of these tests.

    An SAT Reasoning score of 1120* (March 2016 and after) or 1040* (prior to March 2016) for residents
    An SAT Reasoning score of 1180* (March 2016 and after) or 1110* (prior to March 2016) for nonresidents
    ACT 22 (24 nonresidents)*
    A high school class ranking in the top 25 percent
    An overall, unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 in competency courses defined by ASU (4.0 = A)

    Transfer additional requirement
    If you are a transfer student applying to the W. P. Carey School of Business Bachelor of Arts degree program, you are eligible for direct admission if you have met the following requirements:

    ASU transfer student admission requirements
    3.0 cumulative ASU GPA (if you have attended ASU)
    3.0 cumulative transfer GPA (if you have attended another institution)
    Minimum grade requirements must be met for all critical tracking courses taken (applicable only if student falls under critical tracking requirements)

    An ASU Academic Integrity violation may preclude a student from entering or changing W. P. Carey academic programs.