Accounting at WU
Bachelor of Business Administration Accounting (BBA)
The Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting (BBA) program at Woodbury University prepares students to enter the ever-growing and diverse field of accounting. Dating back to the school’s inception in 1884, our program is one of the oldest accounting programs in Southern California. Woodbury University is a newly accredited member of AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This means Woodbury’s business programs rank in the top five percent of global business schools. We pride ourselves on our smaller class size, accomplished faculty and our forward thinking. Our curriculum is based upon applied mathematics and business law, but also teaches relevant concepts and techniques drawn from other academic disciplines to give you the tools you need to work efficiently and effectively.
At the core of our education is our School of Business Mission:
Woodbury University’s School of Business cultivates the distinctive talents of each student to prepare future leaders of business who communicate effectively, act ethically, and think globally.
Woodbury graduates go on to work in major CPA firms such as Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and Moss Adams, or for multinational corporations like Disney, Universal, Warner Bros., and Boeing. Other graduates join start-up firms, family businesses and government agencies from the local level all the way up to the IRS. During their careers, Woodbury graduates move to and from all of these types of organizations. This flexibility allows graduates to design their own path, be that towards a better work/life balance or towards enriching entrepreneurial opportunities. A variety of scholarships are available for Woodbury accounting majors.
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Are you ready to begin your accounting career?
Students emerge from Woodbury’s Accounting program with the knowledge, tools, and networking skills necessary to build a successful career. Woodbury’s internship model combines theory with practice by offering hands-on experience working with world-class accounting firms and corporations. Woodbury’s Accounting students can also volunteer for the VITA Program, which provides free tax preparation services to deserving families in the Los Angeles areas. Through these internships and volunteer opportunities, Woodbury students gain valuable workplace experience that build the skills in accounting principles and tax preparation prior to graduation.
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Assistant Dean, Chair & Director; BBA Program Coordinator, Management:
Joan F. Marques, Ph.D., Ed.D.
Accounting Admissions Counselor:
Woodbury University takes pride in its accomplished faculty and intimate, family-like atmosphere. In addition to teaching, our faculty continue to work as professionals in their fields, passing along the latest technology, trends, and strategies in the current market to WU students. We foster close mentoring relationships between faculty and student. Through this individual attention, we are able to know you as a person, and best help you find your path to success.
Program Schedule and Curriculum
Our Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting major is taught by a blend of academic and professional faculty that will mentor you and help you build your accounting skills so that you will be employable when you graduate. This four-year program begins with core courses in mathematics, business and technology. Students are required to complete a professional internship before graduation.
- Core Courses ACCT 205 - Financial Accounting for Decision-MakingPrinciples of accrual accounting, basic processes of financial record keeping, and use of the basic financial statements. Emphasis is on learning the strengths and weaknesses of financial accounting in order to better use accounting information to make financial decisions. Prerequisites: MGMT 100, Fundamentals of Business Entrepreneurship, MGMT 110, Legal Environment of Business, WRIT 111, Academic Writing 1, COMM 120, Public Speaking, and MATH 220, Business Math or MATH 249, College Algebra.
- ACCT 206 - Managerial Accounting for Decision-MakingAccounting methods and issues applicable to equity of partnerships and corporations, accounting for current and long-term debt, managerial accounting, including inventory costing, capital and operational budgeting, and break-even analysis. Prerequisite: AC 205, Principles of Accounting I.
- ACCT 300 - Cost AccountingIn-depth study of: product costing, including job-order, process and standard costs, variance analysis, and cost-volume-profit analysis. Prerequisite: AC 206, Principles of Accounting II or ACCT 206, Principles of Accounting II.
- ACCT 304 - Intermediate Accounting IA concentrated study of accounting within the conceptual framework which underlies financial reporting, with emphasis on accounting issues related to asset valuation and reporting, including time value of money concepts and long-term obligations. Prerequisite: AC 206, Principles of Accounting II, or ACCT 206, Principles of Accounting II.
- ACCT 352 - Concepts of TaxationAn introduction to a broad range of tax concepts and types of taxpayers covering the role of taxation in the business decision-making process; basic tax research and planning; professional standards and ethics; and the interrelationship and differences between financial accounting and tax accounting. Prerequisite: AC 206, Principles of Accounting II or ACCT 206, Principles of Accounting II.
- ACCT 305 - Intermediate Accounting IIExamines accounting issues for long term obligations, income taxes, pensions, leases, error correction, accounting changes, income recognition, financial statement analysis, cash flow statement, and owners’ equity and earnings per share. Prerequisite: AC 304, Intermediate Accounting I or ACCT 304, Intermediate Accounting I.
- Some Electives ACCT 351 - Advanced TaxationStudy of Federal Income Tax Law applicable to corporations, partnerships, trusts, gifts, and estates. Prerequisite: AC 305, Intermediate Accounting II or ACCT 305, Intermediate Accounting II, or consent of instructor.
- ACCT 353 - Entertainment Industry AccountingAccounting and management applications specific to the motion picture industry, with general use in all other areas of media production, including television, commercials, music videos, and games development. Specific topics include production budgeting, management reporting, film terminology, and studio distribution contacts. Financial reporting requirements promulgated by the American Institute of CPAs and the Financial Accounting Standards Board will be discussed. Prerequisite: AC 206, Principles of Accounting II or ACCT 206, Principles of Accounting II, and junior standing.
- ACCT 401 - Advanced AccountingBusiness combinations; intercompany transactions; foreign currency transactions and financial statements; partnership formation and liquidation; introduction to government and not-for-profit accounting. Prerequisite: AC 305, Intermediate Accounting or ACCT 305,
- ACCT 403 - Government and Non for Profit AccountingFund accounting, study of the accounting literature applicable to governmental units and to not-for-profit entities such as colleges, universities and hospitals. Prerequisite: AC 305, Intermediate Accounting II or ACCT 305, Intermediate Accounting II.
- ACCT 405 - Accounting SystemsStudy of the application of computer processing to accounting procedures; includes control mechanisms and procedures to maintain the integrity of data and the effective reporting of information. Prerequisite: AC 206, Principles of Accounting II or ACCT 206, Principles
of Accounting II.
- ACCT 470 - TopicsAccounting subjects or developments of interest not elsewhere covered. Prerequisite: AC 304, Intermediate Accounting I or ACCT 304, Intermediate Accounting I.
- ACCT 485 - Accounting ProblemsReview of current accounting theory and the problems used to test the understanding and application of that theory in professional examinations. Prerequisites: AC 300, Cost Accounting or ACCT 300, Cost Accounting, and AC 305, Intermediate Accounting II or ACCT 305, Intermediate Accounting II.
STUDENT ON WOODBURY
"I graduated with a new network of ambitious peers and alumni that have been an invaluable part of my careers as an emerging financial professional. In fact, it was through the connections I made at Woodbury that I was recruited at Ernst & Young. Now I am preparing to start my dream job and a new chapter in my life thanks to the doors that my education opened."
"Learning about the small class sizes, visiting the beautiful campus, and being only 15 minutes away, led me to the decision of attending Woodbury. Every day I enter the campus with great pleasure; it has been a wonderful experience."
"Woodbury's School of Business has assisted me in acquiring all of the education and experience needed to reach my goals. I have accepted a job offer from Ernst and Young, one of the big 4 accounting firms as an Assurance Associate. Since graduation, I have begun studying to attain my CPA degree."