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Accounting

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

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Program Intro

A degree in accounting can open the door to a variety of career and job opportunities. Whether your career interests lie in the corporate world, small business operations, not-for-profit organizations or education, an accounting degree will provide you with the skill set to become a more effective decision maker.

Department of Quantitative Business Studies

You’ll get a solid foundation for entry-level opportunities and long-term career success in accounting. Courses are led by scholars and business practitioners with professional certifications and years of experience. We focus on experiential learning to help you develop the skills you’ll need at work.

Curriculum Overview

Our program combines courses that are innovative, relevant and challenging with career-focused experiences that prepare you for a dynamic career.

Build a foundation with first-year seminar and introduction to business courses.

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Sample Courses

  • BUSM 10000 – Freshman Seminar In Business
  • BUSM 10100 – Introduction To Business

 

Grow your skills with the second year seminar as well as introductory accounting and management accounting.

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Sample Courses

  • BUSM 20000 – Second Year Seminar in Business
  • ACC 20000 – Introductory Accounting
  • ACC 20100 – Management Accounting I

Increase your focus on with a third-year seminar course, as well as two intermediate accounting courses and classes on managerial/cost accounting and information systems.

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Sample Courses

  • BUSM 30000 – Third Year Seminar In Business
  • ACC 35000 – Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 40700 – Managerial/Cost Accounting

In your final year, you’ll study financial statements analysis, tax accounting and auditing. You’ll also complete the fourth-year seminar In business course.

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Sample Courses

  • BUSM 40000 – Fourth Year Seminar In Business
  • ACC 40600 – Auditing
  • ACC 40900 – Accounting Information Systems

Highlights

The accounting profession has a bright future, and our program is the pathway to success. Accounting is one of the most stable professions in the country. The industry as a whole is expected to continue growing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 6 percent increase in job openings by 2028.

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Outcomes

As an accounting student, you’re encouraged to pursue professional certifications. The education requirements for the below certifications may be met through coursework at PNW:

  • CPA – Certified Public Accountant
  • CIA – Certified Internal Auditor
  • CMA – Certified Management Accountant

Scholarships

Accounting students can apply for a number of program-specific scholarships, including:

 

Beyond the Classroom

You’ll find plenty of opportunities to connect with faculty and peers in extracurricular activities, such as:

  • Finance & Accounting Club
  • Beta Alpha Psi

 

Career Paths

There are a wealth of opportunities available to accounting grads, including:

  • Certified Public Accountant (auditor, tax professional and more)
  • General Accountant
  • Financial Analyst

 

Employers

Our program’s value is best demonstrated through the employers our graduates have worked for:

  • Ernst & Young
  • PepsiCo
  • Community Hospital

Accreditation

Our business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). This accreditation positions PNW with top business schools across the world.

Accounting student Tyler Klukken

Not only have I learned the technical skills necessary to become an accounting professional, but I also learned  communication and professional development. I am confident that I have the tools to advance in my field and feel well prepared for any opportunity that comes my way.

Tyler Klukken, Accounting

 

As an honor student double-majoring in management and accounting, I received a job offer from one of the “Big Four” accounting firms before graduation.

Kathryn Orr
Management and Accounting, Valparaiso

Meet the Faculty

Maureen Francis Mascha

Maureen Francis Mascha, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Accounting

As a CPA and a former audit manager I have practical experience that I bring to the classroom and to my roles as Coordinator of the Forensic Program in Accounting and advisor of Beta Alpha Psi.

Eric Mlynarczyk

Eric Mlynarczyk, C.P.A.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting

Eric Mlynarczyk teaches accounting and finance courses at PNW, is co-advisor of the PNW finance and accounting club and is a partner of a local private practice accounting firm.

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