The mission of the UNO accounting department is to provide high quality educational programs for students preparing for professional careers in accounting, to engage in high quality scholarship, and to provide support to stakeholders. The UNO accounting department is dedicated to providing high quality educational experiences, supported by continual curriculum improvement, and service to students, the College of Business Administration, the employers of students, regional business, government, and non-profit organizations, faculty, and the profession. The undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting are included within the UNO College of Business Administration’s AACSB accreditation, and the accounting department is currently seeking separate accounting accreditation by the AACSB.

Providing a contemporary accounting education for students requires that faculty in the program seek appropriate teaching methodologies and strive to incorporate the most recent developments in their discipline into the curriculum. The faculty of the accounting program are dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to acquire an excellent accounting education. They seek to create an environment which maximizes the development of critical skills such as problem solving, analysis, communication and teamwork.

After successfully completing the professional accounting program, students are strongly encouraged to continue their development by seeking one or more professional certification designations. Holding a certification can be very beneficial to an individual’s career. Several certification programs exist, including the Certified Public Accountant (CPA; the most recognized certification), the Certified Management Accountant (CMA), the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Students should consider taking a review preparation course when pursuing certification.

Nebraska applicants for the CPA Exam are required to have taken at least 150 college semester credit hours. The accounting department offers an integrated 152 hour joint undergraduate-graduate degree program, which enables the student to meet the credit hours requirement to take the CPA examination while earning both undergraduate (BSBA) and graduate (MAcc) degrees. Students pursuing this option should apply for admission into the MAcc program early in their junior year. There is also a separate MAcc degree program. Complete information on the 152-hour joint degree program and the separate MAcc degree program is available online at or in the UNO graduate catalog. Additional information about the undergraduate accounting program, including links to professional associations and certification resources, is available online at

Students pursuing an accounting specialization that complete ACCT 3080, Accounting Information Systems, with a grade of “C” or better are not required to take the business core course BSAD 3100, Management Information Systems. The accounting department recommends that students use the additional three hours of electives to take additional accounting, technology, finance, or other business courses.

A student may enroll only twice in any upper division accounting course. You are enrolled in a course if your name appears on the final class list published immediately after drop/add week. Therefore, you may drop a course only one time (excluding drops during drop/add week). If you drop the same course twice (or receive a “C-”, “D” and/or “F” twice), you will not be permitted to enroll in this course a third time. To enroll in any upper-division accounting course a student must have earned at least a 2.5 overall GPA. Accounting courses at the 4000-level also require a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all upper-division accounting courses taken to date. These policies will be enforced each semester a student enrolls in an upper-division accounting course.

Students who wish to contract to take upper-division accounting courses as “honors” courses should contact the course instructor.

For a specialization in accounting, students must complete a total of 24 credit hours, including 18 credit hours in required accounting courses and six (6) credit hours in specialization electives. To earn an accounting specialization, a student must have earned both a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all upper-division accounting courses.

The accounting department does not offer a certificate program. BSBA degree candidates may specialize in accounting, and BSBA degree candidates specializing in other business areas may earn a secondary specialization in accounting. A student who has previously who has previously earned a business degree cannot earn a second business degree but may complete an accounting specialization as a second specialization for that previous business degree by completing all of the accounting specialization course and GPA requirements (including all necessary course prerequisites) A student who has previously earned a non-business bachelor’s degree and who completes all of the accounting specialization course and GPA requirements does not earn a business degree, an accounting specialization, a secondary specialization, or a certificate in accounting; that students’ transcript lists the courses completed and grades earned.

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha PSI (BAP) is an honor society for financial information students and practicing professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance, and informational systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and the association of members with practicing professionals; and to encourage a sense of ethical, social and civic responsibility. Membership into Beta Alpha Psi is based on scholastic achievement.

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