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New Accounting Analytics Curriculum

The Accounting Department is excited to announce changes to the undergraduate Accounting degree that will place it at the forefront of accounting education, and position Poole Accounting graduates to be successful in todays data-driven business world.

Explore the New Accounting Curriculum

Watch the video below to learn more about the exciting changes and the benefits they will bring to Accounting students. Details about the new curriculum, new degree requirements, and the transition to the new curriculum are included below. Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to review all the information provided.

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Additional Details


The new Accounting curriculum – effective for the Spring 2021 semester, fully integrates analytics into the Accounting major for all students and removes the concentrations that were previously available for students to select and pursue. The core Accounting courses required for the degree remain the same (see below for full details), but the 9 credits that were previously allotted to concentrations are now replaced with 6 credits of analytics-focused coursework and 3 credits of an Accounting elective.

Analytics Focus & CPA Prep

The new curriculum provides all accounting students with additional preparation in business analytics. Analytics is all about using data to drive business decisions and has applications across all business and industry functions. This new structure will better prepare students for the job market and will more easily allow them to sit for the CPA exam with the required 30 hours of accounting and business law coursework. 

Career Implications

CPA firms along with private and public companies are seeking to hire more students with business analytics backgrounds today than colleges and universities are currently graduating. Regardless of whether you are pursuing a career with a Big-4 professional services firm, a small local CPA firm or in business or industry, an understanding of business analytics tools is a necessity. The new analytics-focused Accounting curriculum will equip all Accounting graduates with the skills and knowledge to be competitive for positions and successful in their careers.

Accounting Degree Requirements (new curriculum)

Core Requirements (21 credits)

ACC 210 and 220, ACC 310, 311, 330, 340 and 450 (no change)

Analytics Requirements* (6 credits – new!)

ACC/BUS 458 – Analytics: From Data to Decisions (3 credits)

ACC 459 or a course from the following list – BUS 459, ACC 411 (3 credits)

Accounting Elective* (3 credits – new!)

(choose one) ACC 230, ACC 411**, ACC 420, ACC 440, ACC 451, ACC 460, ACC 499

* Replaces the 9-credit concentration requirement
**Can’t be same course taken to satisfy the second Analytics Requirement

As always, you should consult a degree audit on MyPack for the full set of Accounting degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor if you have any questions

Transition Dates and Details

You don’t need to do anything, you can stay in your current degree and concentration.

If you want to change to the new Accounting Analytics curriculum – you can do so before May 10 by completing this form…

You can remain in your current Accounting curriculum but should declare your concentration as soon as possible. Please note selected concentration courses (ACC 451 and ACC 460) will only be taught for a limited time.

If you want to change to the new Accounting Analytics curriculum – you can do so before May 10 by completing this form…

You can remain in the current Accounting curriculum but you should indicate that you intend to do the No Concentration option as soon as possible. You can do so via this form…

If you want to change to the new Accounting Analytics curriculum – you can do so before May 10 by completing this form…

You are strongly encouraged to move into the new curriculum, but if you want to change majors into the current curriculum, you must request to change majors or add a second major via MyPack by March 15. After the 15th, your only option will be the new Accounting curriculum.

You may declare the current Accounting curriculum via MyPack prior to March 15. After the 15th, you will be required to do the new curriculum. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your academic advisor.

Unless there are extenuating circumstances (contact your academic advisor), you will be moving into the new Accounting curriculum. You can declare your major starting March 18 via MyPack. If you have questions, please contact your academic advisor.

If you pursue and are admitted into the Accounting major after the Spring 2021 semester, you will enter into the new Accounting Analytics curriculum.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to your academic advisor (if you are a current Poole major) or to (if you are not a current Poole major).