How to earn your BSBA and MACC in four years at Ohio State

One of the best opportunities that Ohio State has to offer is the BSBA/MAcc program. What is that, you may ask? Well, the BSBA/MAcc program is exactly as it sounds. You are both an undergraduate and graduate student at the same time; several students and I are are currently fourth-year students enrolled simultaneously in the Masters of Accounting program and undergraduate accounting program at Ohio State. Therefore, once we graduate in May,  we will receive two separate degrees: a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree.

I highly recommend this experience. You need to meet a few criteria to join the program:

  1. You MUST be an Ohio State undergraduate student studying accounting.
  2. By the end of your junior or third year, you must have earned 120 credit hours.
  3. Your GPA must be 3.5 or above.
  4. Once the above criteria is met, you must complete an application during the fall or spring semester of your junior year and apply (be sure to take the GMAT as well).

Also, you do not need to be 100% done with your undergraduate accounting degree before you start in the MAcc. There are a number of undergraduate accounting courses that can be taken as equivalents in the MAcc. This allows maximum flexibility in completing other undergraduate courses and requirements. Here are some examples of course substitutions:

BSBA/MAcc Course Substitutions

I know that I have provided a lot of information, but if you have any questions about my experiences, the BSBA/MAcc program, or life in general, please feel free to reach out and I would love to chat. Overall, my classmates and I have had a great experience so far in the combined program and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested!

Welcome to Ohio State

Welcome week and orientation at Ohio State is a big thing for both undergraduates and graduate students. As a Master of Accounting student, we have a 4-day orientation prior to when most students come to campus. The orientation is a great way to learn more about the MAcc program, what careers are available– and to get to know your classmates better.

The highlight of my orientation week was when we (the MAcc students) had the opportunity to go to Summit Vision. For those of you who don’t know what Summit Vision is, it’s an outdoor team-building organization located on the outskirts of Columbus.

When we arrived, we were placed in groups of 12 students where we were tasked to traverse through the wilderness of Columbus and take part in a number of team-building activities. Of all the activities, the most exciting activity was the ropes course. Summit Vision has a massive ropes course that even includes zip-lining. My group decided to try the most challenging obstacle! This obstacle required a partner and me to climb 20 feet into the air where we each stood on separate round logs that were positioned in a “V” against one another. Then, my partner and I put our hands out and pushed against one another. As we pushed, we simultaneously took small steps away from the center of the “V”, where the two logs met. As we stepped further and further away from the center, and continued to push against one another, our bodies flattened out and eventually became parallel to the ground. It was an exhilarating feeling knowing you are seconds from falling (even though you are 100% safe) but the only thing keeping you from falling is your partner.

My team at Summit Vision preparing to climb the ropes course
Photo of the specific obstacle we were challenged by on the ropes course

Another great opportunity during Welcome Week is the Involvement Fair. The involvement fair is held annually on the Oval where (almost) every student organization at Ohio State promotes their organization to the whole student body. This year, unlike the first few, I was standing as the president at my booth promoting my student organization MUNDO. (Time for a shameless plug for MUNDO: if you love to travel and/or are interested in learning about cultures, you should check this organization out. It is for both undergrad and graduate students.)

Me at the involvement fair with my student org, MUNDO

Regardless of what interests you, Ohio State has plenty to offer for Welcome Week. It’s a great way for you to mix and mingle with your classmates and to get acquainted with the rest of the student body.

 

The Ohio State Man

Hello! My name is Danny Chehade and I am currently in the Master of Accounting program here at Ohio State. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio (I am a die-hard Cleveland Cavaliers fan). I also work as a Student Ambassador in the Graduate Programs Office. So for the next several months, the world will get to see me post world-class blogs; but today, I figured I would tell you a little more about myself.

At the CAVS championship parade in 2016 (Warriors blew a 3-1 lead)

I, like a few of my classmates, are taking advantage of the opportunity to be a part of the BSBA/MAcc program. What does this mean? I am currently a fourth year student who is simultaneously an undergraduate and graduate student at the same time at The Ohio State University. My undergraduate studies focused on operations management and honors accounting while my graduate studies will be focused on accounting.

Me taking school photos for 16th grade (aka my last year at Ohio State)

This past summer, I had the opportunity to intern with Boeing in its surveillance division which focuses on surveillance aircrafts such as the AWACS (these are 707-body airplanes with a large radar on top). I worked in supply chain, which may seem odd for an accounting major but if you are interested in chatting, I would more than love to explain why I decided to take on this opportunity– and to explain my love for planes and travel.

Sitting in the pilot seat of a Boeing C-17

Today, I am writing to you during the start of my senior year. It is a bittersweet moment for me now realizing that my college experience is 75% over, but I can’t that let that get the best of me. I am looking forward to this year and the opportunities that lie ahead in the MAcc program!