Accounting | Albright College

Accounting

A strong accounting program teaches more than tax laws and financial reporting requirements.  Surveys of America’s corporate sector show that executives and hiring managers are looking for college graduates who adapt well to change, communicate effectively, think critically and analytically, and interact constructively with others.  In other words, they’re looking for graduates of programs like Albright’s School of Professional Studies.

Skills Employers Seek Most

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In today’s competitive job market, employers are looking for more in accounting hires: more know-how, more abilities and more potential.  Labor market analytics company Burning Glass analyzed 1.9 million job posts to find out the top skills employers seek in their new hires.  All of these skills-technical and baseline-are emphasized at Albright College.

Employment Projections: Accounting

11% icon job growth in Accounting
11% projected employment growth of accountant and auditor occupations from 2014 to 2024.
-United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics 

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142,400 new accounting and auditing jobs projected from 2014 to 2024.
-United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics 

What are the benefits of accelerated learning?

Learning in an accelerated course format allows adult learners to focus on one subject at a time.  While the class is condensed into five weeks, the learning outcomes and objectives are the same as those in a standard 15-week course.  This means that students have increased out-of-classroom work or instructional equivalencies, which can be completed at home, during the lunch hour, or whenever your scheduled allows.

Required Courses

  • 78 credits in general studies & elective credits
  • 48 credits in Accounting at Albright College (16 Courses — 3 credits per course)

Accounting: The Language of Business
Financial Accounting
Financial Reporting I
Financial Reporting II
Financial Reporting III
Federal Taxation I: Compliance & Planning
Advanced Taxation: Issues & Research
Advanced Accounting
Corporate Crime & Punishment
Managerial Accounting
Strategic Cost Management
Professional Responsibilities & Legal Issues
Auditing I
Auditing II
International Accounting
Financial Management I

Albright College: Who Are We?

Founded in 1856, Albright College educates creative, curious students to become adaptable, global citizens who discover and reach their full potential.  Close faculty mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive and nurturing community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning.

87.5% of students would recommend Albright's SPS to another person.

Become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

To be eligible to sit for the CPA Exam, candidates must have graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree or higher, and have at least 36 semester credits in accounting subjects.  Candidates can sit for the exam with less than 150 credit hours, however they will be required to complete all 150 before a license is granted. (PICPA)

Albright College’s School of Professional Studies bachelor of science degree in accounting fulfills the accounting credit requirement.  Students will graduate with 126 of 150 total credit hours.


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Albright College Faculty

Jo Anne A. Weaver, M.B.A., CPA, Assistant Professor & Academic Program Chair
B.S. Mount St. Mary’s University; M.B.A. Mount St. Mary’s University; Forensic Accounting Certificate Georgetown University; C.P.A.

Gertrude A. Eguae-Obazee, Professor
B.S., Northwestern Oklahoma State University; M.B.A., Jackson State University; D.B.A., C.P.A., Wilmington University

Roberto Mandanici, Assistant Professor

B.S. Alvernia University; M.B.A. Temple University; C.P.A., C.M.A., C.F.M.

Joseph Cunningham, Assistant Professor
B.S., Villanova University; M.B.A., Widener University; C.P.A.


Learning Goals

  1. Communicate effectively at a professional level by a) reading, b) writing, and c) speaking from a pedagogical/popular level to an appropriate professional level (e.g. accounting/business-journal quality papers, research presentations).
  2. Employ strong conceptual skills for solving business/accounting problems.
  3. Know how financial information is measured and reported to external users.
  4. Show proficiency in how companies’ internal controls are evaluated for aggregation of financial information.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant professional standards and codes of conduct by recognizing the importance of ethical decision making process.
  6. Know how globalization affects organizations and their environment by identifying the impact of international financial reporting standards on the accounting profession and businesses.
  7. Proficiently use commercial software packages for projects specific to accounting and business.
  8. Identify ethical dilemmas and develop appropriate courses of action that consider the well-being of others and society.
  9. Demonstrates ability to apply tax laws to a set of data in preparation of an individual tax return and successfully utilizes tax return software to prepare an individual tax return.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to create a logical and efficient Excel spreadsheet utilizing formulas to derive results and provide analysis and effectively articulate their understanding of the results.
  11. Explain concepts and techniques from core accounting subject matter including financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, and professional responsibilities.  Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 10% percent from 2016 to 2026, faster as the average for all occupations. In general, employment growth of accountants and auditors is expected to be closely tied to the health of the overall economy. As the economy grows, these workers will continue to be needed to prepare and examine financial records.