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Accounting, B.S.

Measure, communicate and interpret financial data in Immaculata’s B.S. in accounting program.

Are you passionate about numbers, precision, and the world of finance? Are you ready to embark on a rewarding career that offers stability and countless opportunities? Look no further! Our Bachelor of Science in Accounting is your key to unlocking the doors to a prosperous and fulfilling future.

Meet the job market’s high demand with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Gain a solid foundation in:

  • Accounting principles and procedures
  • Tax planning and compliance
  • Equity and cost methods of accounting
  • Financial statement analysis and auditing
  • Business computer applications, such as Microsoft Excel
  • Macro- and microeconomics

Developing a strong foundation in the liberal arts, our graduates will be leading the charge for new accounting regulations, solving global issues and using technology to benefit the industry. In addition, our graduates are prepared to pursue advanced study in graduate programs, such as Immaculata’s online MBA. By carefully planning your courses with your advisor, you can complete the optional 150-credit track, which meets the number of credits required to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

At A Glance

Program: Bachelor of Science
Audience: Undergraduate students
Format: Face-to-face classes
Next Start Date: August 26, 2024

"There are a lot of opportunities at IU. Professors are so welcoming. There’s room for talking to your professors and clarifying things. The one-on-one connection is everything. I really wanted to work at one of the 'big four' accounting and auditing firms. My professor linked me up to an IU alumnus at one of those firms, Deloitte, who passed my resume along and got me through the first step. I had already given my resume to another alumna, who helped me get my first internship at Global Tax Management. I strongly believe that having multiple internships really helped my chances with Deloitte. After my internship with Deloitte, they extended a full-time offer."

Olive Monye '22

Why study accounting?

Gain hands-on experience by completing an internship that connects your course material with the business world. Our students have recently completed internships at Ernst and Young, XL Insurance, and the Chester County Chamber of Commerce and Business.

In addition, you can participate in the Business Club, which tours companies to learn about business operations. You can also gain real-world knowledge from successful business professionals who serve as guest presenters.

Opportunities and Outcomes

Career Outlook

With a degree in accounting, you can explore careers at major corporations, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations, to name a few. Graduates in this sought-after profession are equipped for vital roles in:

  • Auditing
  • Corporate tax accounting
  • Financial management
  • Investment accounting
  • Tax accounting, planning and compliance
  • Tax examinations and collecting
  • Accounts receivable and payables management
  • And more

Several Immaculata alumni have obtained jobs at all the “big four” accounting and auditing firms, the largest professional services networks in the world.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, median salaries for careers in accounting include:

In addition, an accounting degree prepares you for a Master of Business Administration or for further training as a certified public accountant (CPA).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the accounting degree program, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and capabilities essential to accounting and preparing and analyzing financial statements
  • Understand the balance between theory and practice as it applies to the various sectors of the world of business, accounting, finance, taxation, marketing and economics
  • Exercise effective interpersonal, communication and analytical skills
  • Use technology strategically to enhance their productivity and effectiveness on both individual and organizational levels
  • Evidence professionalism, integrity and ethics
Where can I work?

As a graduate with a degree in accounting, you can explore careers at major corporations, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations, to name a few. Our alumni have worked for many companies, including all the “Big Four” accounting and auditing firms: Deloitte, EY, PwC and KPMG.

In addition, an accounting degree prepares you for graduate work in a number of fields or for further training as a certified public accountant (CPA), certified managerial accountant (CMA), certified financial planner (CFP), a chartered financial consultant (ChFC), or a chartered financial analyst (CFA).

Course Overview

Curriculum

MAJOR COURSES – 69 credits

  • Accounting Principles I
  • Accounting Principles II
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Advanced Taxes
  • Cost Accounting I
  • Accounting Practicum
  • Advanced Accounting I
  • Auditing
  • Business Computer Applications
  • Business Law I
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Ethics
  • Business & Technical Writing or Business & Professional Speaking
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Marketing Principles and Practices
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Business Math
  • Department Elective

LIBERAL ARTS CORE – 36 credits, 6 fulfilled by major

  • Composition (Writing) 6 credits
  • Natural & Physical World (Lab Science) 3 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics) 3 credits, satisfied by major
  • Human Creativity (Art, Literature, Music) 3 credits
  • Social Consciousness (Sociology, Psychology, Economics) 3 credits, satisfied by major
  • Historical Consciousness (History) 3 credits
  • Global Society (Foreign Language/Culture) 3 credits
  • Pursuit of Faith (Religion, Theology) 6 credits
  • Pursuit of Wisdom (Philosophy) 6 credits

ELECTIVES – 27 credits

TOTAL – 126 credits

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in accounting offered by Immaculata University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business programs meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP. Immaculata University is committed to providing the highest quality business education for our students, as evidenced by this accreditation.

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