Jul 05, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Accounting Integrated B.S./M.S.


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Professional Accounting Integrated B.S./M.S. Degree Map  

The integrated Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Professional Accounting are designed for focused entering undergraduate students who know they want to meet the requirements to sit for the CPA examination and pursue a professional career in accounting.

The objective of the integrated plan is to provide students with the required background to sit for the CPA examination and to provide a basis for exercising judgment in accounting-related and business decisions within administrative, managerial and professional positions as well as enhance rapid career development.

Students must apply to the graduate program, take the GMAT exam (unless a waiver is met) and meet all graduate accounting entrance requirements by the first semester of their senior year. Professional Accounting M.S. applicants meeting all the following criteria will qualify for the waiver of the GMAT exam:

  1. 3.0 Cumulative GPA on upper division courses at UHCL.
  2. 3.0 GPA on upper division accounting courses at UHCL (minimum of 12 hours required).

In addition, students in the integrated degree program will be required to have a cumulative UHCL GPA of at least 3.0 for admission to the M.S. in Professional Accounting. The B.S. in Professional Accounting will not be awarded until all requirements for the M.S. are completed. Students failing to be admitted into the graduate Professional Accounting program will revert to the B.S. in Accounting degree program and proceed in the normal manner to graduation. Students planning on taking the CPA examination are required to have a 3-semester credit hour ethics course, which has been approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA). ACCT 4346 - Business Ethics for Accountants  has been approved by TSBPA and satisfies the ethics course requirement.

The integrated B.S. and M.S. in Professional Accounting degree program will include 120 hours of undergraduate and 30 hours of graduate course work.

University Core Requirements (42 hours)


Communication (6 hours)


Additional Information


Grade must be C- or better.

Additional Information


Grade must be C- or better.

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 hours)


Choose one course from the list.

Creative Arts (3 hours)


Choose one course from the list.

U.S. History (6 hours)


Government/Political Science (6 hours)


Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)


Choose one course from the approved list.


Additional Information


Other courses may meet this requirement. However, ECON 2301  will still be required for all Business majors.

Component Area Option (6 hours)


Two 1-hour Life and Physical Science Labs

College Core Requirements (48 hours)


The following courses, or their approved equivalents, together with accounting and economics principles and business law, constitute the business core and are required of all business students. No more than 6 hours of grades in the range of D+, D or D- are permitted in upper-level (33XX and 43XX) Business Core Requirements.

Additional Information


When ECON 2301  is used to satisfy the Social Behavioral Sciences Requirement, an additional elective will be needed.

Undergraduate Requirements (21 hours)


All major requirements must be grades of C- or higher.

Accounting Electives (3 hours)


3 hours of undergraduate ACCT elective upper-level, 33XX or 43XX

Additional Information


ACCT 3331  & ACCT 3332  cannot be used for this degree.

Elective Requirements (9 hours)


BUS electives (6 hours)


6 hours of undergraduate business electives upper-level, 33XX or 43XX

General Electives (3 hours)


3 hours of undergraduate general elective upper-level, 33XX or 43XX

Graduate Requirements (30 hours)


Graduate Elective Requirements (12 hours)


Accounting Electives (9 hours)


Additional Information

Course work at the 33XX or 43XX level and graduate foundation courses may not be included in the 9 hours of graduate ACCT electives.

Finance Electives (3 hours)


Additional Information

Course work at the 33XX or 43XX level and graduate foundation courses may not be included in the 3 hours of graduate FINC electives.

Graduation Requirements


  • Students must complete the final 30 semester hours of 3000 and 4000 level course work in residence at UHCL.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 12 semester credit hours of upper-level (3000-4000 level) coursework: (1) in the major and (2) in residence at UHCL.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.000 on course work completed at UHCL with grades of “C” or better on at least 30 hours of resident upper-level work. Grades of “C-” or below cannot be applied toward the 30 hours of resident upper-level work.
  • Students must earn grades of C or higher (C- not acceptable) in the graduate (5000-6000 level) portion of the program. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.

Texas House Bill 1508


Texas House Bill (HB) 1508 amended the Texas Occupations Code Section 58.001 to require educational centers that offer programs that lead to occupational licensure to share the following information with their students: 

  1. An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of the educational program;
  2. Each licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes an educational program must establish guidelines which state the reasons a particular crime is considered to relate to a particular license and any other criterion that affects the decisions of the licensing authority;
  3. Local or county licensing authorities may issue additional guidelines related to criminal history.  Applicants should contact their respective local or county licensing authority for more details. 
  4. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by a licensing authority under Texas Occupation Code 53.102.

 Please check with the agency issuing the license for additional information.

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