May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [FINAL EDITION]

Accounting, BSB

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The accounting curriculum meets both the short- and long-range needs of students who wish to enter the accounting profession. The program will prepare the student for entry into public accounting, corporate, or institutional sectors (e.g., government and not-for-profit). The main requirements for the Accounting BSB include an option for a specialization in Tax, Certified Management Accounting, and Forensic Accounting.  Specializations are NOT required to be selected by the student and the main Accounting BSB Requirements allow a candidate to meet all the requirements needed to sit for the CPA examination, independent of any specialization. The program is also designed to meet the needs of those who plan to extend their formal education at the graduate level and those who wish to pursue the 150-credit-hour requirement in PA.


Students aspiring to be CPAs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and most other states are required to have 150 credit hours of qualifying education.  The SBA has designed several options to meet this requirement.  Options include earning a master’s degree (5-year option) or meeting the requirement at the undergraduate level (4-year option).  Qualified students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to complete one extra 3-credit course each semester starting in the second semester of their first year. Public accounting firms require accounting students to indicate their 150-credit plan on their resumes. For questions concerning the 150-credit hour requirement and the options available, consult with your advisor.

Core Non-Business Requirements (34 Credits)

Total Credits: 127

*300 level ACCT course, MIS 370   or BUS 320   or FIN 403  

**Students who complete a 3-month co-op experience may substitute a free elective.

The program of study that appears here applies to students who were admitted for the summer session of this catalog year and later.  Students admitted prior to that term should select the appropriate catalog year of their admission.  Choose previous catalogs from the Home, Graduate, or Undergraduate Catalog Page at

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