Accounting

Tap Into Your Financial Skills with an Accounting Degree

Accounting is the language of business and an accounting degree can open many doors in the business world. A career in accounting consistently ranks as a top choice in business and for good reason: accountants are at the center of any organization’s financial records and activities. An accounting major prepares you for activities in auditing, taxes, consulting, budgeting and finance.

Prepare for an Accounting Management Career with a Bachelor’s Degree

Majoring in accounting at Urbana University gives you a foundation in business principles paired with specialized courses for a successful career in accounting.  Urbana’s faculty members see the challenge of an ever-changing landscape of business and systems as an opportunity for aspiring accounting professionals.

You won’t find a better mentoring experience – or faculty more eager to share the depth and breadth of their accounting knowledge and experience – than at Urbana University.

Faculty Spotlight

Bill Pettibone

Faculty

After more than 25 years in the accounting field, Professor Bill Pettibone realized he had a passion for education that working in industry couldn’t satisfy. He finds that combining his experiences with classroom theory and application better equips students to turn knowledge into action.

Careers

Want to be a CPA? First You Need a Degree in Accounting

Stricter government guidelines for reporting and financial controls have created increased demand for knowledgeable, ethical accountants and auditors. Graduates with an accounting degree have a wide array of job opportunities available in public, private and government sectors.

If you want to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), you'll need coursework beyond what is required for your bachelor's degree in accounting. According to Ohio state law, you need to have 150 semester hours of college credit with 30 semester hours in accounting (or 24 semester hours in accounting excluding principles) with coverage in: auditing, financial accounting, management accounting, professional ethics and taxation education. You must also pass the board exam to become a CPA.

You may petition to take graduate-level courses during your last year of undergraduate coursework. To be eligible, accounting majors must have an overall grade point average of 3.50 and a grade point average of 3.50 in their major. Students who successfully petition for this option will be able to earn 18 hours above the bachelor degree to fulfill the CPA exam requirement and will have earned one half of the credits needed for the Master of Business Administration.

Program Outcomes
  1. Students will possess a clear understanding of the relationship between the functional areas of business

  2. Students will be proficient in the use of technology common to business practices

  3. Students will gain an understanding on how to communicate and act in a professional manner

  4. Students will be able to operate in a team building environment and interact with other business students

  5. Students will be able to think critically in business situations

  6. Students will be able to apply theory and organize solutions to business related problems

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate or bachelor's degree must present evidence of high school completion in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicants academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests. Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for first-time freshmen. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum standardized test scores used for placement in University courses may be required to undergo placement testing.

Undergraduate admission requirements and materials:

A student who meets at least one of the following criteria is eligible for admission as a degree-seeking student:

  • Has provided official documentation of graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent (see documentation required below), or
  • Has an associate, bachelor or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an institution recognized as a candidate for accreditation, or an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation

Documentation required:

1. Documentation of high school graduation or equivalence is required for applicants who are transferring fewer than 24 semester hours that apply towards a degree.

2. If the student has transferable hours of 24 credit hours or more from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, then they will not have to provide a high school diploma or equivalence. Acceptable forms of documentation of high school graduation or high school equivalence for undergraduate admission must include one of the following:

  • Official high school transcript listing the date of graduation
  • Official GED certificate
  • Official documentation of having passed a State High School Equivalency examination
  • Official documentation of a home school completion certificate/transcript
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions (college, universities, professional schools, etc.) attended

3. Any applicant seeking to be a first-time freshman undergraduate degree-seeking students at Urbana University must supply standardized test scores (ACT SAT) to be used for placement in courses., to determine athletic eligibility, and/or determine institutional scholarship qualification.

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

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