Jessica H. Cawley, CPA

When I chose to pursue a profession in public accounting, I received a wonderful education from teachers who brought real-life experiences right into the classroom, preparing me not only for a challenging exam and certification, but application in the working world.


Jessica H. Cawley, CPA

Senior Manager

Cherry Bekaert LLP

Augusta, Georgia

SOBA Professional Program


Students who fulfill the admission requirements of the University may enroll in any general education courses and any business courses at the 100 or 200 level, provided they meet individual course prerequisites. The upper level business courses (300 level or higher) required for the BSBA degree comprise the SOBA Professional Program. Business Administration students must first satisfy the admission requirements listed below to be admitted into the SOBA Professional Program before they will be allowed to enroll in upper level business courses.

At the end of each fall and spring semester, the academic records of business students are audited to identify those students who meet the criteria for admission into the SOBA Professional Program. There are two different ways for students to gain admission into the SOBA Professional Program:

 OPTION #1:

  1. The student has declared a Business Administration major.
  2. The student has earned at least 45 hours of credit.
  3. The student has earned a cumulative grade point average (collegiate GPA) of 2.5 or higher
  4.  The student has completed the following courses:
    1. ENGL 101: Composition
    2. ENGL 102: Composition and Literature
    3. MATH 170: Finite Math
    4. ECON 221 or ECON 222: Macroeconomics or Microeconomics
    5. BADM 225: Principles of Financial Accounting
    6. BADM 290: Introduction to Information Systems in Business (with a grade of C or better)

 OPTION #2:

  1. The student has declared a Business Administration major.
  2. The student has earned at least 45 hours of credit.
  3. The student has earned a cumulative grade point average (collegiate GPA) of 2.0 or higher.
  4. The student has completed each of the following courses with a minimum grade of C or better, and has earned an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher across these courses:
    1. ENGL 101: Composition
    2. ENGL 102: Composition and Literature
    3. MATH 170: Finite Math
    4. ECON 221 or ECON 222: Macroeconomics or Microeconomics
    5. BADM 225: Principles of Financial Accounting
    6. BADM 290: Introduction to Information Systems in Business

Students who meet one of these two criteria (OPTION #1 or OPTION #2) will be admitted into the SOBA Professional Program. The assessment of academic records of transfer students who enter USCA with 45 or more credit hours toward a business degree is made at the end of the semester of entry.

The student who is assessed for admission into the SOBA Professional Program and is denied admittance will NOT be permitted to register for upper-level business courses (300 level and above), subject to the discretion of the SOBA Dean. This enrollment restriction will remain in force until the student has satisfied one of the two sets of criteria described above.

Assessed students are notified of their admittance or non-admittance into the SOBA Professional Program. Students who are denied admittance may appeal the decision to the SOBA Dean.