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Business Accounting* (IB) Pathway

Why Business Accounting?

The financial services industry includes a wide variety of occupational fields, such as banking, insurance, real estate, investment and personal wealth management. Students who participate in this pathway will receive first-hand knowledge of the industry and have a competitive edge in their post-secondary education. This program will enable students to think critically, analytically and creatively by gaining on the practical experience working with local Marietta community business leaders.

Choosing this pathway will lead you to a career (among many options) as any of the following:

  • Financial manager, loan officer, credit analyst or financial counselor who make recommendations and provide investment guidance for both individuals and businesses.
  • Treasurer, comptroller or chief financial officer who plan and direct the financial activities for an organization at the highest level of management.
  • Personal financial advisor who use their knowledge of investments, tax laws and insurance to help individuals plan for and reach their short and long-term goals.
  • Actuary who predicts risk and liability based on mortality, accident, sickness and disability data.
  • Insurance appraiser or adjustor who determine the extent of a company’s liability concerning personal, casualty and property loss or damage.
  • Securities and commodities sales agents (stock brokers) who buy and sell securities in investment and trading firms, as well as advise individuals and businesses on stocks, bonds and market laws and practices.

Depending upon the financial field in which an individual works, many different licenses may be required. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the main licensing organization for the securities industry. Financial analysts can earn the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification, whereas personal financial advisors may obtain the Certified Financial Planner credential (CFP).


*The Business Accounting program is "industry certified" by the Georgia State Council Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). An "industry certified" program has received a "stamp of excellence," which represents the apex of program quality. Only those programs that have successfully undergone rigorous reviews by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction.


The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) is an innovative education framework incorporating the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically tailored for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. The aim of the IBCP is to provide students with both an academic and practical foundation to support both their further studies and specialized training, thereby ensuring their success in the workforce. The IBCP combines highly regarded and internationally recognized IB Diploma Programme courses with an approved career-related study and a unique IBCP core. Business Accounting is one of eleven MHS Career Pathways that has been approved for the IBCP.

Business Accounting Courses and Schedule

Business Accounting Course Schedule

Introduction to Business & Technology (IBT) –  2 semesters.
The course will help students build a strong knowledge base and develop management skills as they study forms of business ownership, functions of management, budgeting and finance, technology, communications, legislation, leadership and teamwork, marketing, and economics. Emphasis is placed on developing proficient fundamental computer skills required for all career pathways. Students will learn essentials for working in a business environment, managing a business, and owning a business. This course is the prerequisite for advanced courses in Administrative Support, Banking, Business Accounting & Small Business Development Pathways.

Financial Literacy – 2 semesters.
Prerequisite: Intro To Business & Technology
How money smart are you? Step into this course specifically designed for high school students to understand the importance of the financial world, including planning and managing money wisely. Areas of study taught through application in personal finance include sources of income, budgeting, banking, consumer credit, credit laws and rights, personal bankruptcy, insurance, spending, taxes, investment strategies, savings accounts, mutual funds and the stock market, buying a vehicle, and living independently. Based on the hands-on skills and knowledge applied in this course, students will develop financial goals, and create realistic and measurable objectives to be MONEY SMART!

Principals of Accounting – 2 semesters.
Prerequisite: Intro To Business & Technology and Financial Literacy
Where does all the money go? Principles of Accounting 1 is a skill-level course that is of value to all students pursuing a strong background in business, marketing, and management. Using financial information, students will learn how to make decisions about planning, organizing, and allocating resources using accounting procedures. Performing accounting activities for sole proprietorships and corporations following Generally-Accepted Accounting Procedures are included in the course. Students analyze business transactions and financial statements, perform payroll, and evaluate the effects of transactions on the economic health of a business.

Post Secondary Institutions of Study

Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Business Accounting

•    Albany State University
•    American InterContinental University
•    Bauder College
•    Berry College
•    Brewton-Parker College
•    Chattahoochee Technical College
•    Clark Atlanta University
•    Clayton State University
•    DeVry University
•    Emory University
•    Fort Valley State University
•    Georgia Southern University
•    Georgia State University
•    Interactive College of Technology
•    Kennesaw State University
•    Mercer University
•    North Metro Technical College
•    Oglethorpe University
•    Shorter College
•    Thomas University
•    University of Georgia
•    University of West Georgia
•    Valdosta State University



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