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


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.


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’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional elective units, for a total of 16 or more units. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 900

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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