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University of Saint Joseph    
 
    
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
2017-2018 Course Catalog

Accounting, B.S.


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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 exams.

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 toward 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. For qualified undergraduates, the M.S. in Management is tuition-free.

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 necessary to sit for the CPA exam, plus 1 year graduate study culminating in the M.S. in Management, satisfying the 150-hour requirement to become a CPA in the State of Connecticut.

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 a B.S. in Accounting, which completes the education requirements to sit for the CPA exam. When combined with the M.S. in Management degree, students will have satisfied the 150-hour requirement to become a CPA in the State of Connecticut.

These program options are not combined degree programs, but individual degree programs. 

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.

Internships


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

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