Why Study Accounting at the Busch School?

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.

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 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: To earn a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, students must complete 23 business and economics courses. This includes: 11 core courses (introductory and managerial accounting, economics, management, business law, and ethics courses); 6 accounting concentration courses; 4 Math/Computer Science/Statistics courses; and 3 accounting electives.

In addition, to remain as an Accounting major, or to transfer in to the Accounting major, a student must have achieved the following:

  1. 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
  2. have and maintain a GPA of at least 3.00

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 mentor 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.