BS in Accounting
The accounting major surveys the principles, theories, and concepts of the accounting profession while providing an intense review of the economic, quantitative, and managerial aspects of business. Its practical component leads to work assignments in international, national, and local certified public accountant (CPA) firms in students’ junior and senior years. The combination of classroom theory and real-world experience also prepares candidates for the CPA examination administered by the various state boards of accountancy in the United States.
- CPA exam pass rates in the top 20% of California universities.
- Scholarships allow students to earn a Christian accounting education at a state school price.
- Specialized credentials, such as Enrolled Agent and Certified Internal Systems Analyst, are now available.
- Graduates are placed with every major accounting firm in the U.S., from Big Four to national and regional firms.
- Students are able to earn a Master of Professional Accountancy (MAcc) in one additional year.
- 100% of our MAcc students have paid professional internships.
- 100% job placement rate of our MAcc students in CPA firms by graduation.
LP and Timothy Leung Scholarships
Students have the opportunity to earn specialized credentials, such as the IRS Enrolled Agent (EA) and the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), increasing their value to potential employers. Additionally, students have the options of joining the Accounting Honors Society and participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at APU. The VITA project equips students with hands-on experience as they provide income tax assistance to low-income taxpayers in the surrounding communities.
Experiential and Applied Learning
In addition to VITA, the school offers numerous student clubs, honor societies, and study-away opportunities. Students participating in study-away opportunities engage with topics of globalization, trade, culture, and global management and leadership as they travel the world. Typically, study-away trips include visiting global and international organizations and learning from universities and business leaders around the world. Additionally, numerous student clubs offer students the opportunity to build skills in leadership, management, decision making, and teamwork.
Internships and Job Placement
Accounting majors are invited to participate in the annual Meet the Firms night. This event, hosted by the Accounting Honor Society, boasts outstanding successes. Typically, 60 accounting professionals representing 20 public accounting firms meet with APU students, along with students visiting from other universities. All of the Big Four (EY, PwC, KPMG, and Deloitte), several major national firms (CLA, BDO) and specialty firms (CapinCrouse, Ron Blue), and many regional and local firms (KSJG) attend Meet the Firms.
Accounting majors obtain paid internships with public accounting firms or in professional accounting. Job placement for accounting students also remains strong, with most CPA-track students placed prior to graduation.
Opportunities available to graduates include professional careers in accounting services, auditing, management advising services, and accounting departments in private firms and government bodies such as law enforcement agencies.
The accounting major comprises 73 units. Students must achieve an average GPA of 2.5 or higher in their major courses (this includes the Business Core).
|Business Core Courses|
|ACCT 120||Principles of Accounting I||3|
|ACCT 121||Principles of Accounting II||3|
|BUSI 240||Introduction to Information Systems and Business Applications||3|
|BUSI 111||Business Statistics 1||3|
|BUSI 244||Data Analytics, Spreadsheets, and Data Visualization||3|
|BUSI 296||Business Law||3|
|BUSI 311||Quantitative Analysis for Management||3|
|BUSI 370||International Business 2||3|
|ECON 200||Survey of Economics 3||3|
|FIN 300||Business Finance for Managers||3|
|MGMT 210||Principles of Management||3|
|MGMT 211||Organizational Leadership||3|
|MGMT 448||Organizational and Administrative Behavior 4||3|
|MGMT 450||Strategic Management 5||3|
|MKTG 260||Principles of Marketing 1||3|
|ACCT 320||Intermediate Accounting I F||3|
|ACCT 321||Intermediate Accounting II S||3|
|ACCT 325||Cost Accounting S||3|
|ACCT 331||Federal Taxes I F||3|
|ACCT 332||Federal Taxes II S||3|
|ACCT 333||Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)||1|
|ACCT 336||Advanced Accounting F||3|
|ACCT 426||Auditing Principles I F||3|
|ACCT 427||Auditing Principles II S||3|
|MGMT 440||Business Process Management||3|
Meets the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement.
Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.
Meets the General Education Social Sciences requirement.
Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.
Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.
|F||Offered in Fall only|
|S||Offered in Spring only|
|F/S||Offered in both Fall and Spring terms|
|EF||Offered in Fall in even years|
|ES||Offered in Spring in even years|
|OF||Offered in Fall in odd years|
|OS||Offered in Spring in odd years|
Program Learning OutcomesStudents who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
- Demonstrate competency in multiple business disciplines.
- Apply critical thinking to solve business problems.
- Evaluate business decisions based on a Christian perspective.
- Communicate ideas through professional channels.
- Be contributing team members.
- Identify cultural aspects of business in diverse environments.