Accounting: Bachelor of Science
How many courses do I need to take? How long does this take?
The complete bachelor of science in accounting program is 31 courses (units) in duration. Each class lasts 7.5 weeks. You may transfer in a maximum of 15 courses (units) if you have previously taken classes.
Are students allowed to begin a new program? Or is this just for completing degrees?
Students are able to both start a program from scratch and complete their already in progress degree path.
Can I take these courses online?
Yes, courses are available in online asynchronous and synchronous format. You may also take the program face-to-face, if that is your preference, once COVID-19 restrictions pass.
How much does the program cost?
The price per course (unit) is $1500. This cost is inclusive; there are no additional fees. Books will be a separate cost.
When can I start?
There are multiple opportunities throughout the year to begin undergraduate programs in the School of Professional Studies: Fall 1 and 2, Spring 1 and 2, and Summer 1 and 2.
What should I know about the accounting program?
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.
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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- 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).
- Employ strong conceptual skills for solving business/accounting problems.
- Know how financial information is measured and reported to external users.
- Show proficiency in how companies’ internal controls are evaluated for aggregation of financial information.
- Demonstrate an understanding of relevant professional standards and codes of conduct by recognizing the importance of ethical decision-making process.
- Know how globalization affects organizations and their environment by identifying the impact of international financial reporting standards on the accounting profession and businesses.
- Proficiently use commercial software packages for projects specific to accounting and business.
- Identify ethical dilemmas and develop appropriate courses of action that consider the well-being of others and society.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.