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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting, B.S.

In the Accounting program, you will start your path to success with specialized Accounting courses and related classes in Management, Economics, Finance, and more. The program’s focus is on preparing you to successfully pass most of the licensing exams for accountants, including the CPA and CMA exam.

As an undergraduate student in good academic standing (B average or better), you are permitted to take two graduate Business courses in your senior year, which can count towards your Master of Science in Management at the University of Saint Joseph. The baccalaureate Accounting program, when combined with the University’s Master of Science degree in Management, meets the state of Connecticut’s 150-hour educational requirement to become a CPA.

Career Opportunities and Graduate School 

Accounting majors have achieved professional certification (CPA, CMA, etc.) and many have gone on to earn graduate degrees. Graduates of the University of Saint Joseph Accounting program have been employed by many leading companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Deloitte & Touche, IBM, Blum Shapiro, United Technologies, Aetna, The Travelers, The Hartford, and KPMG.

Program Outcomes

The student will:

  • Understand accounting principles at a level that provides preparation for an advanced accounting degree
  • Put into practice those principles and skills acquired. These skills are often demonstrated in an internship as well as in class exercises.
  • Understand the various responsibilities of modern accounting personnel
  • Understand the ethical and legal aspects of business, accounting and auditing

Program Options

1. Accounting 4 + 1 Program of Study. This option provides an efficient way for students to complete their B.S. in Accounting and obtain an M.S. in Management, all in 5 years. The program includes 4 years of undergraduate study leading to B.S. in Accounting which completes the education requirements to sit for the CPA exam plus 1 year graduate study culminating in the M.S. in Management.


2. Accounting 2+3 Program of Study for Transfer Students. This option for Transfer Students provides a seamless transition from a Community College associate degree to an M.S. in Management, all in 5 years. The program includes 2 years of undergraduate study leading to B.S. in Accounting, which completes the education requirements to sit for the CPA exam. Then 1 year of graduate study culminates in the M.S. in Management.

These program options are not combined degree programs but individual degree programs. Students who complete these programs meet the 150-hour requirement for initial CPA certification in the State of Connecticut.

Degree Requirements (69 credits)

Admission and continuation requirements: Students must apply for acceptance into the department at the end of the sophomore year. Courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better. All students must pass the senior comprehensive exam.


Accounting majors generally participate in supervised internships (3-6 credits) as juniors or seniors. The experience may be in a private industry, not-for-profit, or public sector organizations.