Why Study Accounting at the Busch School?

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Our Accounting program is designed to prepare students for a career in the public accounting profession, private industry, government, and the nonprofit sector. This program also provides the basis for attaining the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) credential which is recognized nationally and globally.

What sets this accounting program apart is the emphasis placed on learning and gaining real world experience from the accounting faculty who guide students in their accounting career. All faculty are CPAs and have considerable work experience in the private or public sector.   

What Makes Our Program Different

  • All classes are taught by professors who have had decades of real-world business experience and every one of them is a CPA.
  • Close mentoring of each Accounting major by such professors - their professor mentor remains the same for their four years at Catholic U.
  • Upperclassmen student mentor (who is an Accounting major) for each incoming Freshman Accounting major.
  • Small classes from the start- the first Accounting class is limited to 16 students. All other Accounting classes range from 5 to 20.
  • With all professors having real-world experience, they are particularly good at advising students on their career search.

Jobs and Internships

For the past two years, 60% of Accounting students had a full-time job offer eight months before graduation. At graduation, 100% of them had full-time offers. Also, 50% of juniors have a summer internship eight months in advance of the summer.

Accounting companies that students work at

 Our graduates have offers from the Big Four prestigious global CPA firms- Deloitte, Ernest & Young (EY), KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Graduates also take positions in local and regional firms.

Curriculum

Students majoring in accounting will complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Accounting.

  • Major Requirements

    B.S. Accounting Courses (23)

    B.S. Accounting Core Courses (11)

    MGT 118

    The Vocation of Business

    SRES 101 (or ECON 102 or ECON 104 or HSSS 102)

    Foundations of Economic Thought I (or Principles of Microeconomics or Principles of Economics II (Honors) or Economic Reasoning and Social Issues)

    SRES 102 (or ECON 101 or ECON 103)

    Foundations of Economic Thought II (or Principles of Macroeconomics or Principles of Economics I (Honors))

    MGT 223

    Management Theory and Practice

    ACCT 205

    Introduction to Financial Accounting

    ACCT 206

    Introduction to Managerial Accounting

    MKT 345

    Marketing Management

    FIN 226

    Financial Management

    ACCT 442

    Accounting Ethics

    ACCT 480

    Legal Aspects of Accounting, Auditing and Finance

    MGT 475

    Business Strategy (Senior Capstone)

    B.S. Accounting Major Courses (8)

    ACCT 310

    Intermediate Accounting I

    ACCT 311

    Intermediate Accounting II

    ACCT 312

    Cost Accounting

    ACCT 412

    Auditing

    ACCT 417

    Government and Non-Profit Accounting

    ACCT 418

    Advanced Accounting

    ACCT 419

    Taxation I

    ACCT 422

    Advanced Auditing

    Mathematics/Computer Science/Statistics Courses (4)

    MATH 111 or MATH

    121

    Calculus for Social – Life Science I or Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

    ECON 223 or HSSS 203

    Statistics for Business or Economics or Families, Markets, Cities: Social and Scientific Perspectives

    MGT 240 or 331

    Management of Information or Database Management

    MGT 365

    Quantitative Methods in Decision Making

  • Academic and Professional Responsibilities

    The primary aim of the Accounting Program is to prepare students academically and professionally for an initial career in the public accounting profession, and to earn the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate.

    As such, to remain as an Accounting major, or to transfer in to the Accounting major, a student must achieve the following:

    Academically: (a) earn at least the grade of B in the first two accounting courses which are: ACCT 205 (Introductory Accounting) and ACCT 206 (Managerial Accounting); and (b) have and maintain a GPA of at least 3.00 through the end of their sophomore year.

    Professionally: (a) attend promptly and prepare well for all classes, and any meetings with professors, mentors, and advisors;  (b) participate in events required of accounting majors, and (c) always act ethically and with integrity in all on-campus and off-campus activities.    

    Students who have not achieved the above, will not be able to enter or continue in the Accounting Program and will be assisted by their faculty advisor to identify another plan of studies or major within the School of Business.
  • University Requirements

    To earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), students must also complete the core university requirements, specific to their major. Accounting students are required to complete 17 courses in addition to their business and economics courses. These courses include: philosophy, theology, humanities, literature, writing and composition, and three free electives.
    See detailed course list and suggested sequence of courses
  • Internships

    Some 80% of Accounting major graduates go to work for a global, national, or regional CPA firm. They offer tremendous career and learning opportunities with high starting salaries in the range of $55,000 to $60,000.   Such firms typically start their recruiting of Accounting majors in their sophomore or junior year, through two day “Externships” and eight week “Internships”.   If a student performs well during the summer internship they can expect to be offered a full time position upon graduation and completion of 150 credits.
    Read more about internship opportunities.
  • Minor Programs

    Students majoring in accounting  have a wide variety of minors available to them and may choose from many disciplines offered across the University. Popular choices for accounting majors are: foreign languages, politics, or philosophy. However, students majoring in accounting may not minor in a business discipline.