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Accounting

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Dive deep into coursework that prepares you well for a career in this growing field. The accounting program at Albright’s School of Professional Studies is both demanding and rewarding. You will cover a wide range of subjects – from tax law to statistics to auditing – in accelerated semesters.

Beyond your major courses of study, you will develop important skills that makes you stand out to potential employers. Learn to think critically and analytically, interact constructively, and hone your communication abilities.

As you balance work, life and academics, know that you have the full support of Albright tutors and coaches by your side. Source: www.bls.gov

4% increase61,700$78,640
Expected job growth for accountants and auditors from 2019 to 2029
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New jobs in the field expected to be added from 2019 to 2029 Average accountant salary in the United States (www.salary.com)

Preparing You Well for Your CPA Exam

As a graduate of our bachelor of science in accounting program, you will complete the accounting coursework necessary to sit for the CPA exam. Our dedicated faculty will guide you to other resources available at the College that will help you obtain the CPA license.


Your Future in Finance Is Here

Find a fulfilling career in finance as an accountant or auditor. As a graduate of the School of Professional Studies accounting program, you’ll can find success in both the public and private sectors in roles such as:

  • Public Accounting
  • Internal Auditor
  • Cost Accountant
  • Tax Accountant
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Management Accountant
  • Project Accountant
  • Investment Accountant

“Albright College’s School of Professional Studies is student focused. Everyone works together as a team to help the student graduate from Albright and have a successful and happy career.”

— JoAnne Weaver, MBA, CPA
Assistant Professor, Chair & Academic Program Coordinator for Accounting

Frequently Asked Questions

Is financial aid available?
Yes, financial aid is available to qualifying students in the School of Professional Studies.

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How many courses do I need to complete my accounting degree?
To receive a bachelor of science in accounting, you must complete 31-course units. Each class lasts seven-and-a-half weeks.


Am I able to begin the accounting program from the start?
Yes, whether you want to start your accounting degree or are already in the process of doing so, the Albright SPS program is ideally suited for you. You may transfer a maximum of 15 units.


Are online courses available?
Yes, courses are available in online asynchronous and synchronous formats. You may also take classes in person once COVID-19 restrictions pass.


How much does the program cost?
The price per course (unit) is $1,500 with no additional fees. Books are not included in the price.


When may I start?
You have five opportunities per year to begin your undergraduate program in the School of Professional Studies. We offer two start dates in the fall, two in the spring and one in the summer.


What minors do you recommend to supplement my accounting major?
Albright College accounting students pursue a variety of minors to meet their unique interests and career goals. We recommend digital marketing and sales.


A person working in an accounting environment

A degree in accounting enables Albright graduates to pursue a wide range of career paths.

Accounting Curriculum Map

Below, you will find the current catalog of courses for the BS in Accounting degree in the School of Professional Studies. In addition to the courses listed, you will also be required to take general education and elective classes. We encourage you to use this as a reference as you explore your degree path.

ACT 101Financial AccountingBasic accounting theory and principles for recording, summarizing and reporting financial data.
ACT 105MacroeconomicsBasic grounding in the terminology, fundamental concepts and tools, and issues of contemporary macroeconomic theory.
ACT 140Statistical Analysis for BusinessIntroduction to the concepts, theories and methods of statistical problem-solving in business.
ACT 201Financial ReportingAn in-depth study of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP): accounting framework, preparation of the four financial statements and footnote disclosure requirements.
ACT 215Managerial EconomicsThis course focuses on the principles of microeconomics and, more important, their application to management decision-making.
ACT 250Business LawBasic legal concepts and various forms of governmental regulation of business will be examined and applied to business situations involving all manner of stakeholders.
ACT 300Financial Reporting IIAn in-depth study of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), including the requirements for current and long-term liabilities and stockholders’ equity.
ACT 302Cost AccountingKey data to managers for planning and controlling, as well as for costing products and services; including cost behavior, job costing differential analysis, capital budgeting, process costing, cost-volume-profit analysis and more.
ACT 303Individual Tax, Research and PlanningUnderstanding the current federal tax laws pertaining to individual taxpayers and the practical preparation of individual tax returns using a tax software application.
ACT 304Entity TaxUnderstanding of the current federal tax laws pertaining to corporations, partnerships and S corporations to perform research and prepare tax returns using business tax software.
ACT 305Advanced AccountingIn-depth analysis of advanced accounting topics: business combination, consolidation of financial statements, translation of foreign currencies, reporting requirements of business segments and accounting for partnerships.
ACT 310Operations ManagementQuantitative techniques for problem-solving and decision-making in operations management: total quality management, forecasting, product design, process design and capacity planning, location planning, supply chain management, inventory control, and project management.
ACT 340Financial ManagementConcepts and techniques of financial management, including elementary security valuation, time value of money, risk analysis, capital budgeting, capital structure and cost of capital, financial planning and forecasting, and financial statement analysis.
ACT 401AuditingFinancial statement auditing and the role and professional standards of the independent auditor, who is focused on critical current issues such as fraud detection, risk assessment, audit procedures, Sarbanes Oxley and auditor independence.
ACT 402International Accounting (Capstone)Accounting for international transactions, international firms’ operations, comparisons of accounting principles and practices found in countries around the world, and the procedures by which these principles and practices are established.

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