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All businesses need skilled accountants to help them determine what they have to spend and how they should spend it to ensure a successful future.

You'll be well-prepared for these responsibilities with the Quinlan School of Business BBA in Accounting degree program. We'll also help you get ready for the CPA, CMA, CFM, and CIA examinations.

Our program is nationally ranked: it is No. 31 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, 2022.

Program Highlights

What You'll Learn

  • Strategic cost management
  • Financial management
  • Auditing and business risk
  • Legal and regulatory knowledge

Careers

Our graduates find employment in accounting firms, banks, industry, and government. Sample fields and jobs include:

Public Accounting

  • Auditors
  • Audit technology or audit data analyst
  • Tax accountants
  • Tax technology
  • Consultants
  • Consultants - data analytics

Industry

  • Controllers
  • Internal auditors or data analyst – internal auditing
  • Tax accountants
  • Systems specialists
  • Cost accountants
  • Bankers

Governmental Accounting

Federal

Some of the agencies where accountants work include:

  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • U.S. General Accounting Office

State and Local

Accountants work in the following areas of state or local government:

  • Budgeting and control
  • Financial administration
  • Tax administration
  • Data analysts

Because Loyola is a member of the Jesuit network of 27 colleges and universities nationwide, our graduates can receive career services at Quinlan's Business Career Services, as well as at career centers at U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities. 

You may also want to consider our BBA in Accounting and Analytics program or BBA/Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program, which can provide you with a graduate degree in as little as one additional year of study.

Curriculum

All Quinlan School of Business students must complete 13 core business classes to develop a solid understanding of all areas of business. In addition, students will complete university core requirements.

Core Curriculum

  • COMM 103: Business & Professional Speaking
  • MATH 131 or 161: Elements of Calculus or Calculus I (students majoring in Finance are strongly encouraged to take MATH 161 instead of MATH 131)
  • MGMT 341: Business Ethics
  • BSAD 220: Internship and Career Preparation
  • Two Writing Intensive courses, one of which must be a Quinlan course or ENGL 210
  • Global Awareness. The course used to satisfy this requirement may include any course from the GIST major group including ANTH 100, 102. ASIA 101, INTS 101, LASP 101, PLSC 102, or a study abroad experience will count toward this requirement.

Business Core Curriculum

 
  • ACCT 201: Introductory Accounting I
  • ACCT 202: Introductory Accounting II
  • BSAD 343: Business Analytics
  • ECON 201: Principles of Economics I (Micro)
  • ECON 202: Principles of Economics II (Macro)
  • FINC 301: Introductory Business Finance -or- FINC 334: Principles of Corporate Finance (required for Finance majors and minors)
  • ISSCM 241: Business Statistics
  • INFS 247: Business Information Systems
  • SCMG 332: Operations Management
  • LREB 315: Law and the Regulatory Environment of Business
  • MGMT 201: Managing People and Organizations
  • MGMT 304: Strategic Management
  • MARK 201: Principles of Marketing

Major Requirements

  • ACCT 303: Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 304: Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 311: Auditing and Internal Control Systems
  • ACCT 317: Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 328: Concepts in Taxation
  • Three additional 300-level

A student who is an accounting major may be administratively removed as an accounting major if the student earns a grade below "C-" in two or more upper-level accounting classes (ACCT 303 and beyond).

CPA Exam Requirements

Students taking the CPA examination in Illinois are required to have earned 150 semester hours of college credit. The additional credit hours can be earned at Loyola at either the undergraduate or at the graduate-level MSA.

Accounting majors planning to take the CPA exam are required to take ACCT 303, 304, 311, 317, 328, and at least three of the following: ACCT 306, 308, 323, 326, 341, and 399. Legal Environment of Business (LREB) 315 is also required.

For more information about the CPA examination, visit the Illinois Board of Examiner's CPA Exam page.

 

Specialized Requirements

Transfers

At the discretion of the Quinlan School of Business, a maximum of one transfer course taken prior to matriculating at Loyola University Chicago may be allowed. A 2.0 average GPA is required for all attempted business courses. (BA in Economics students must also earn a 2.0 average GPA for all attempted Economics courses).

Study Abroad

Students planning to study abroad are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor early in the planning stage. A student will be permitted to take up to two approved courses in any Quinlan major or minor (and including BA Economics majors). All courses must be approved by the Quinlan Undergraduate Dean.

Minors

 

Quinlan students who are pursuing other majors but who wish to expand their skills in accounting may pursue a minor in accounting information systems. The requirements are 15 credit hours in the following courses:

  • ACCT 317. Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 303. Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 308. Accounting Information Systems
  • INFS 346. Database Management Systems
  • INFS 347. Systems Analysis and Design or ISSCM 393. Requirements Analysis and Communication

A maximum of one transfer course taken prior to matriculating at Loyola University Chicago, may be allowed at the discretion of the Quinlan School of Business.

Of the courses required for the minor, accounting majors may apply only ACCT 317 and ACCT 303 to their major requirements. Information Systems majors may apply only INFS 346 and INFS 347 or ISSCM 393 to their major requirements. A student majoring in both accounting and information systems is not eligible for this minor.

This minor is only available for students in the Quinlan School of Business.

Important Details

At the discretion of the Quinlan School of Business, a maximum of one transfer course taken prior to matriculating at Loyola University Chicago may be allowed. A 2.0 average GPA is required for all attempted business courses. (BA in Economics students must also earn a 2.0 average GPA for all attempted Economics courses).

Quinlan students are limited to double dipping once (that is, counting one course twice) between any major or minor combination, regardless of what program the major or minor is taken in. Non-Quinlan students are limited to double dipping twice (that is, counting two courses twice) between business school minors and/or their respective majors.

Students planning to study abroad are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor early in the planning stage. A student will be permitted to take up to two approved courses in any Quinlan major or minor (and including BA Economics majors). All courses must be approved by the Quinlan Undergraduate Dean.

Student Resources

The Quinlan School of Business offers support and resources through student organizations as well as connections to accounting professionals and professional associations.

Student Organization

Beta Alpha Psi is an international honor organization, founded in 1919, for financial information students and professionals. It is not a fraternity or sorority, but an honors organization. It is widely recognized as the premier honor society for college students in the financial disciplines. Members have exclusive access to industry professionals, alumni and faculty at member-only events.

Advisory Board

The Accounting Advisory Board serves in an advisory role to the accounting faculty of the Quinlan School of Business offering great insight into market trends, curriculum development, and program direction.

Georgia Loukas Demeros
Partner
Thompson Coburn LLP

Steve Fedea
Vice President
Goldman Sachs

Michael T. Hart
Partner, Tax Services
Ernst & Young

Thomas Murtagh
Tax Partner
BKD LLP

Beata Peters
Vice President, Financial Planning
and Analytics
Horizon Therapuetics

Jeanette Press
Vice President, Corporate Controller
and Principal Accounting Officer
Univar Solutions

Gregory A. Ramenofsky
Partner, CFO & COO
Continental Advisors LLC

Karl A. Schachelmayer
Senior Manager
National Federal Tax Services
Federal Incentives and Credit Services
Deloitte Tax LLP

Michael E. Schamberger
Audit Partner
Technology Industry Practice
Grant Thornton LLP

Phil Smayda
Director
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Graham Traynor
Vice President and Corporate Controller

Patrick Unzicker
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
Roadrunner Transportation Systems

Admission

To apply for admission and scholarship consideration, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission and indicate your interest in this program on your application. For more information, see the following resources:

Contact Us
Department Chair: Brian Stanko
Email: bstanko@luc.edu
Phone: 312.915.7106

Tuition and Financial Aid

The Loyola Quinlan School of Business is committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their business education at Loyola affordable.