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Graduates with majors in accounting have careers in private
industry, not-for-profit organizations, and in public accounting.
The program balances sound theoretical foundations with relevant
applications. This provides the necessary current knowledge for the
student to launch a career, and it also prepares the student to
respond to the changing future environment and needs for accounting
information. Students who successfully complete the program
will be eligible to take both the certified public accountant (CPA)
and the certified management accountant (CMA) examinations.
Requirements for the Major
Students desiring to major in accounting must follow the application
process described above. To be awarded a degree with a major in
accounting, students must meet the major requirements in effect at
the time declaration of a major was made and have a minimum of
45 credit hours in the major at SPU. Students who plan to obtain
any of the professional designations such as certified public
accountant (CPA), certified management accountant (CMA), or
certified internal auditor (CIA) should contact an accounting faculty
member for advising. Students who plan to take the CPA exam must
have completed 225 quarter hours (equivalent to five years)
of college coursework. Students may meet this requirement by
earning a second bachelor’s degree, or by taking 45 additional
undergraduate credits (which may be in any discipline and do not
necessarily lead to a degree). However, CPA-bound students are
encouraged to apply for admission to a graduate program in the
School of Business and Economics, either the master of business
administration (M.B.A.) or the master of science in information
systems management (I.S.M.). Students interested in this program
should do the following:
- Participate in a cooperative education program with an
accounting firm for at least one year.
- Take the GMAT exam (for the M.B.A.) or the GRE exam (for
the I.S.M.) in Autumn Quarter of their senior year.
- Apply for admission to the graduate program in the Winter
Quarter of their senior year.
- Commence taking three graduate courses per quarter in the
summer following completion of their senior year, and
for four more quarters (five quarters in total).
Note: Demonstration of computer competency is required. This is
documented by passing BUS 1700 or CSC 1123, or by passing a competency exam
covering the equivalent.
Note: ACCT 3353 Advanced Accounting is strongly recommended for
students intending to take the CPA exam.
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