Earn two degrees that position you to succeed in a high-demand field.
Every industry needs expert accountants, and the growth of technology has made programming and data analysis skills more important than ever. With an Accounting Information Technology degree, you’ll be prepared to enter a rapidly growing profession. The 150-hour program awards both a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Technology. You’ll graduate ready to start a position like financial analyst, IT consultant, systems analyst or fraud examiner specializing in cybercrime.
You’ll learn accounting skills and business principles – along with database theory and applications, computer science concepts and web programming. Develop the problem-solving, critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills that you’ll need to succeed in the global economy. Collaborate on relevant research with Accounting and Computer Science professors who have years of real-world experience.
Austin, a tech hub, state capital and the nation’s 11th-largest city, is an excellent place to study, intern and find a job in government or the private sector. Our students have also interned – and then been hired – at Big Four accounting firms. They’ve been recruited by the IRS and FBI and have become CPAs and Certified Fraud Examiners. When you earn a degree in Accounting Information Technology, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running in a field with a solid future.
What do our graduates do?
Accounting Information Technology majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.
- IT advisory associate at KPMG
- Senior internal audit IT at Charles Schwab
- Consultant for Deloitte
- Internal audit manager at AMD
Leveraging Alumni Connections
Anthony Fragapane ’18 took advantage of SEU’s strong alumni network and found a career mentor at KPMG. The mentor helped Anthony score a first-round interview with the firm and gave him advice on how to stand out during his summer internship. As a junior, Anthony accepted a full-time offer with KPMG upon graduation.
Major Requirements: The Accounting Information Technology degree program requires 97 hours of major coursework.
General Education Requirements: All majors require 44 hours of general education that students complete over the course of four years, in addition to their major courses.
A few examples of the Accounting Information Technology courses students take:
- Accounting Information Systems – Examine fundamental accounting information systems. The course focuses on semantic modeling and systems design; the relationship of system and organization; and objectives, policies, procedures and plans.
- Database Theory and Applications – Receive an introduction to database concepts, data models, data description languages, query facilities, file organization, file security and data integrity/reliability.
- Web Programming – Learn online programming concepts, including form processing scripts, data structure, basic database connectivity and the appropriate structure and style for the World Wide Web.
Our Accounting faculty members bring experience in the accounting profession – as auditors, tax practitioners, business consultants and government administrators – to their instruction and research. They teach students a combination of qualitative, quantitative and ethical reasoning skills that prepare them for the global economy.
Our Computer Information Technology faculty bring knowledge in database management, software application design and consulting for process improvements. Their courses ensure students gain experience with ever-changing technologies.
Outside the Classroom
Both the Accounting and Computer Science Departments have close connections with the Austin business community. These relationships place students in the heart of Austin’s booming tech scene and provide opportunities for them to gain experience and graduate career-ready.
Students in Accounting and Computer Science courses can collaborate with professors on research projects and present their work at a number of local and regional conferences, including SOURCE, the on-campus undergraduate research forum, and at academic conferences. Students are required to complete a major research project for course credit in their final year in the program.
Students in the program can take advantage of internship opportunities with Big 4 accounting firms (Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC), regional and local firms, and Austin-area business and government organizations. These employers recruit students on campus during the Job and Internship Fair and the Accounting Career Fair.
Students can take internships for academic credit, as part of the required hours for the major. The internship course is structured to meet requirements set by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) for the CPA exam.
Each fall, the Accounting Department hosts an Accounting Student Retreat for students to network with community professionals, learn more about internships and certifications, and gain tips for passing the CPA exam.