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Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB), Accounting

Program Overview

If you’re interested in helping organizations determine what their true financial picture is, an accounting career is for you. The Accounting program at Anderson University will put you in a position to help an organization understand the impact of its financial decisions, as well as help businesses price products effectively. Your studies will cover everything you need to know to pass the Certified Public Accounting exam, which puts you in a prime position to progress professionally as a CPA. 100% of graduates who have attempted the CPA test have passed.

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Program at a
Glance

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

128

DETAILS

Total Credit Hours: 128
Program Type: BSB
Location: Seated (Main Campus)
Time to Complete: 4 Years (8 Semesters)
Start Date: Fall: August 23, 2023 | Spring: January 8, 2024
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Why AU?

Ready for the next chapter in your academic, professional, and spiritual life? Whether you are graduating high school or pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree, we invite you to be a part of one of the top regional universities in the South (U.S. News & World Report). Come discover why the Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. identified Anderson University as one of the top-ranked, most affordable colleges in the country. Take the next step in your journey of academic excellence today.
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The Knowledge You Will Gain

The courses you take at Anderson University will qualify you to sit for the CPA exam, equip you for graduate school, and prepare you for jobs in business and accounting. In these courses, you will learn the generally accepted accounting principles that govern accounting. You will also study subjects such as taxation, auditing, accounting information systems, and inventory planning and control.

Career Outlook

Because your study of accounting includes eight courses that cover cover auditing, finance, tax accounting, and managerial accounting, you’ll be in the position to progress professionally as a CPA.

When you graduate from the accounting program, you’ll be able to walk through the door of any organization and be able to handle most of its accounting needs. Anderson University graduates can build a complete financial picture of the organization from the day the start.

If graduate school is your goal, accounting at AU offers you an advantage in further study: you’ll be prepared for an MBA at AU. Programs at other major universities, such as Clemson, the University of South Carolina, and Wake Forest also regularly come to AU to recruit students. You’ll be ready for graduate programs in accounting, data analysis, supply chain management, and finance.



Starting Salaries

Auditor: $77,250 Financial Analyst: $95,570 Cost Estimator: $65,170 Personal Financial Advisor: $94,170 Financial Manager: $131,710 Recent national median salaries sources: Bureau of Labor

 

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Knowledge You’ll Gain

The courses you take at Anderson University will qualify you to sit for the CPA exam, equip you for graduate school, and prepare you for jobs in business and accounting. In these courses, you will learn the generally accepted accounting principles that govern accounting. You will also study subjects such as taxation, auditing, accounting information systems, and inventory planning and control.

Career Outlook

Because your study of accounting includes eight courses that cover cover auditing, finance, tax accounting, and managerial accounting, you’ll be in the position to progress professionally as a CPA.

When you graduate from the accounting program, you’ll be able to walk through the door of any organization and be able to handle most of its accounting needs. Anderson University graduates can build a complete financial picture of the organization from the day the start.

If graduate school is your goal, accounting at AU offers you an advantage in further study: you’ll be prepared for an MBA at AU. Programs at other major universities, such as Clemson, the University of South Carolina, and Wake Forest also regularly come to AU to recruit students. You’ll be ready for graduate programs in accounting, data analysis, supply chain management, and finance.



Starting Salaries

Auditor: $77,250 Financial Analyst: $95,570 Cost Estimator: $65,170 Personal Financial Advisor: $94,170 Financial Manager: $131,710 Recent national median salaries sources: Bureau of Labor

 

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Anderson University is a national leader in higher education in its use of technology to support and enhance all aspects of its core function—teaching and learning, which has led to the institution being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School since 2014. Through Anderson’s Digital Learning Initiative, Anderson has provided all of its residential undergraduate students and select graduate program students with an iPad Air and Apple Pencil. The mission of transforming learning experiences and preparing students to serve their communities and careers in the twenty-first century is enhanced through mobile devices developed by Apple.

Admission Requirements

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Previous Degree Required

No previous degree is required to enroll in this program.

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Transcript Requirements

Official high school or GED transcripts will need to be submitted as part of the application process for this program. Transfer students must submit official transcripts from their previous school.

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Application Deadline

Anderson University has a rolling admission process (students are notified when the are accepted whenever that is during the year) but students are encouraged to apply by the following dates: December 1st for the best scholarship consideration and no later than July 1st to begin in the fall semester.

More Information

I-20 Approved: Yes
I-17 Approved: No
Breakdown of Credit Hours:
41 Credit Hours – University Core Requirements | 40 Credit Hours – Business Core Requirements | 24 Credit Hours – Accounting Major Requirements | 3 Credit Hours Cognate Course Requirements | 20 Credit Hours – General Electives
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Alumni Spotlight

Visit the AU NETWORK and meet more alumni in their Journey of Significance.

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'18
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CAS
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'21
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'16
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Adam Gibbs
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Adam Gibbs
'20
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'17
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Nick Bethea
CCS
Nick Bethea discovered a theology program with a solid biblical foundation that has helped equip him as he serves at Cross Church, a growing congregation in Northwest Arkansas.
Nick Bethea
'15
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Jared Back
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Business graduate Jared Back learned lots of valuable lessons about both business and people skills from Anderson University.
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Caroline Hopper
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For Graphic Design Graduate Caroline Hopper, what began as an internship morphed into a rewarding career with The Walt Disney Company.
Caroline Hopper
'17
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Andy OBrien
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Since graduating from the Anderson University College of Business, Andy O’Brien has practiced accounting in several different types of settings, from small firm to manufacturer.
Andy O’Brien
'10
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Gary and Apryl Bailey
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Gary and Apryl Bailey, graduates of the Anderson University College of Business, purchased a dilapidated building and transformed it into an award-winning downtown destination.
Gary and Apryl Bailey
'00, '01
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Courtney Wright
CAS, COB
After obtaining her undergraduate degree from Anderson University, Courtney Wright joined the staff of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.
Courtney Wright
'10,'16
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