Accounting: BS, BA
USU's School of Accountancy has achieved national recognition as one of the few schools worldwide to have been awarded special accounting accreditation by the prestigious AACSB International, it is a member of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy, and it consistently delivers outstanding results on job placement upon graduation.
Accountants communicate financial information about a business to shareholders, managers, and others. More than half of America’s accounting students are female, partly because technology enables many accountants to maintain a flexible schedule while working from home. It is a future-focused, family-friendly, and financially rewarding career choice.
Students will receive a BS by completing all required courses in their major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.
A dual major in accounting and economics is also available. Students meeting the requirements for the dual major can receive a BA or a BS.
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In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the School of Accountancy has additional requirements:
- Freshmen: Incoming freshman may be admitted directly if they have an ACT composite score of 26 or higher and a high school GPA of 3.6 or higher.
- Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions or students transferring from other USU majors may be admitted after they have earned 24 or more post-high school credits with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
- Students not meeting the above conditions can still to apply. Admission is competitive based on available space. Students must fill out an application (available online), have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0, and must have completed certain prerequisite courses.
- International students have additional admissions requirements.
This degree is offered through Utah State University Regional Campuses and follows the USU Regional Campus tuition schedule. See Tuition & Payment for more information.
There are many specialty areas within accounting:
- Public accounting involves providing audit, tax, and consulting services to the public. Public accounting generally requires one to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The CPA license in Utah requires a master’s degree. USU’s School of Accountancy has consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally for students who pass the CPA exam on their first try.
- Many accountants are privately employed by businesses or not-for-profit agencies, such as hospitals, universities, or charitable groups and work in product costing and pricing, budgeting, and the examination of investment alternatives.
- Internal auditors look at controls and procedures used by their employer.
- Accountants can also serve as in-house tax accountants, financial managers, etc.
With a degree in accounting, students may pursue the following careers:
- Public Accounting - auditing, taxes, consulting (with graduate degree)
- Finance Officer
- IRS Agent
- Assurance Services
- Forensic Accounting
- Consulting Services
- Environmental Accounting
- International Accounting
- Tax and Finance Planning
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