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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree in Accounting

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This combined degree program prepares students for careers in public accounting, industry, and governmental and nonprofit entities. CPA candidates must have completed 150 hours of education before being admitted as members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and to be licensed in most states.

Admission Requirements

Following are the minimal standards for admission to the combined B.B.A and M.S.A. degree program in accounting. Generally, each item should be satisfied, though the candidate’s overall record is considered. Transfer credits and grades will be evaluated in terms of Eastern Michigan University equivalency.

Undergraduate admission is dependent on:
  1. Completion of 90 hours of undergraduate course work including College of Business admission criteria, General Education requirements and ACC 340 - Intermediate Accounting ;
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  3. The candidate’s written statement of personal goals; and
  4. An interview with the program advisor.
Admission to the graduate level requires:
  1. Completion of 120 hours of undergraduate course work including course content noted under initial admission above and the undergraduate components (i.e., required and restricted electives);
  2. A GMAT score of 500 or higher or GRE score of 306 or higher (must be taken during the fourth year, so that the candidate’s score is received before admission to the fifth year)
  3. A cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and
  4. Completed application and payment of fee to the Graduate School. 

Candidates should apply to the graduate program at the beginning of their senior year and take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) during that same year.

To inquire about the specific requirements and to develop the program of study, contact:

Director of Graduate Business Programs
404 Gary M. Owen Building
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 487-4444

Department Information:

Accounting & Finance - College of Business

Zafar Khan, Ph.D. 
Department Head

406 Owen
(734) 487-3320

Department Website

Advising Information:

College of Business Academic Services

Undergraduate Academic Advising

306 Owen
(734) 487-2344

Click here to make an appointment

Department Advisors:

Dan Brickner

(734) 487-0075

Howard Bunsis

(734) 487-2519

Phil Lewis

(734) 487-1311

Lois Mahoney

(734) 487-0157

Barb Ross

(734) 487-2349


General Education Requirements:

For specific General Education requirements, click here .

Admission Criteria: 56 hours

Students seeking admission to any program in the College of Business must complete 56 credit hours of course work to include the courses listed below.

The foundation courses for admission to the College of Business must be completed with a minimum earned grade of C- (C required for transfer courses) in each. Students must also have an EMU GPA of at least 2.50.

College of Business Foundation Courses: 21 hours

The following COB courses are to be completed prior to COB admission, and count toward the total credit hours required for this major.

Additional Coursework: 20 hours

In addition to the courses listed above, students must complete an additional 17-20 credit hours of course work prior to admission to the College of Business.

Undergraduate Program Requirements: 60 hours

Business Core: 36 hours

College of Business Foundation Courses: 21 hours

The following COB courses are to be completed prior to admission, and count towards the total credit hours required for this major.

Post Admission Core Requirement: 15 hours

Discipline: 24 hours

Minor Requirement:

This major does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Beginning in Fall 2022, all baccalaureate degree programs for all undergraduates (regardless of catalog year) will require a minimum of 120 credit hours for completion.

Graduate Program Requirements: 24 hours


  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA and a ((GMAT score of 500 or higher) or (GRE score of 306 or higher)) to be admitted to the graduate portion of the program.
  • Students must be admitted to the graduate portion of the program before registering for courses in the graduate section of this program of study.
  • * Students planning on taking the CPA exam must take ACC 546 .

Critical Graduation Information:

Each undergraduate student will be responsible for the fulfillment of the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor, will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education  section of the catalog.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

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