Accounting

Our accounting programs prepare students to join one of the world’s most respected professions. Businesses, governments and nonprofits rely on accounting professionals to provide insight into business operations, lend credibility to financial reports, and comply with complex regulatory requirements. Coursework encourages students to become leaders and decision makers, using critical thinking skills to make rational, ethical decisions.

Our Program

Accounting majors complete the foundational courses required to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, and they earn at least 120 of the 150 credit hours required for licensure in most states. Some students satisfy the 150-credit requirement in just four years by maximizing their enrollment each semester, transferring AP credits or taking summer classes. Others complete our combined bachelor’s/master’s program to satisfy the requirement in five years. 

Coursework is full of hands-on problem solving, using case studies and team projects to develop analytical and communication skills. In the capstone course, students perform issues-based research using professional databases, participate in formal debates and write a research paper on a current accounting topic.

Our program also provides a foundation for other professional certifications such Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). These certifications require further education, professional experience and exams.

Program Spotlight: Tax Preparation

Each spring, accounting students work with faculty member Paul McKillop to complete the advanced certification necessary to prepare tax returns. Once certified, the students offer free tax preparation assistance to the University community and the general public.

 It’s a learning lesson for both parties. It helps me prepare for opportunities out in the field. And for the people we help, it provides them with a sense of relief. I get to explain their taxes to them on a personal level, and the scariness goes away. 

Julio Jolon, accounting major

Our Faculty

Our faculty hold advanced degrees and are licensed Certified Public Accountants with professional work experience. This practical knowledge infuses the theoretical study of accounting concepts and standards with relevant application, helping students develop the skills necessary for successful careers in the field.

 

Meet our faculty

Life After Salve

Accounting is a profession in demand. Jobs are expected to grow at an above-average rate over the next decade, and the American Institute of CPAs projects that nearly 75 percent of CPAs will be of retirement age by 2020. This suggests widespread opportunities for fast-track growth in the profession.

  • Public accountants provide a broad range of accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services. Our graduates work at international firms including EY, PwC, KPMG and Deloitte as well as regional and local firms.
  • Management accountants support the management functions of planning, directing and controlling operations with an organization. Our graduates often begin as financial analysts, budget analysts and staff accountants and move into roles such as program manager, controller, chief financial officer and chief executive officer.
  • Government regulators audit organizations and individuals at the federal, state and municipal levels. Federal agencies include the Internal Revenue Service, Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit and Insurance Corporation.
  • Internal auditors perform compliance and operational audits within their organization. They examine and evaluate an organization’s internal controls, financial and information systems, management procedures and the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

While most of our graduates work in these primary accounting fields, others have pursued careers as security analysts, fixed income traders, financial planners, human resource managers, recruiters and university administrators.

 I incorporate my degree into my career and everyday life almost instinctually. Although the textbook learning was a core for learning the subject of accounting, to be in business and be successful you need to communicate. Without communication, there is outstanding confusion and lags in efficiency. Early on in your Salve career, you are taught to communicate regularly. Another aspect of an accounting degree that professors always talked about was that you will always be teaching others. I have conducted many training sessions, as an intern and a full-time professional. Being able to share your knowledge is critical in the workforce. 

Brittany Spurgas ’17, financial analyst, Schneider Electric

 

Major in Accounting (B.S.)

23 courses | 72 credits

Business core requirements:

  • ACC101: Financial Accounting
  • ACC104: Managerial Accounting
  • ECN101: Introductory Macroeconomics
  • MGT120: Management and Organizational Behavior
  • MGT212: Business Communication
  • MGT270: Financial Management
  • MGT280: Principles of Marketing
  • MGT300: Ethics for Business
  • MGT403: Business Law
  • MGT490: Strategic Business Planning
  • MTH172: Quantitative Methods for Business
  • STA201: Statistical Methods

Additional required courses:

  • ACC201: Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC311: Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC312: Intermediate Accounting III
  • ACC322: Cost Accounting
  • ACC331: Federal Income Taxes I
  • ACC332: Federal Income Taxes II
  • ACC341: Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC401: Advanced Accounting
  • ACC404: Auditing
  • ACC405: Accounting Theory and Practice
  • ECN305: Money, Banking in Financial Markets

Minor in Accounting

An accounting minor can add a highly regarded specialty to the undergraduate degree, demonstrating expertise in the language of business.

6 courses | 20 credits

Required courses:

  • ACC101: Financial Accounting
  • ACC104: Managerial Accounting
  • ACC201: Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC311: Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC331: Federal Income Taxes I
  • MGT270: Financial Management