2021-2022 University Catalog 
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2021-2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting, BS

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Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Normal Time to Completion: Four Years

This program is offered on the Main Campus, online, evenings, and weekends.

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program learn how to apply practical accounting principles and concepts to modern businesses. Through a combination of accounting and business courses, students will gain knowledge of the regulations that govern financial reporting and tax compliance, as well as develop their skills in the areas of financial analysis, financial forecasting, costing, and budgeting. Graduates can secure employment in the accounting departments of local or national businesses, the federal government, or non-profit organizations. This degree program is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree is not specifically designed to fulfill Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure requirements in an individual state, however, the program can be used to partially fulfill licensure requirements. The program is also not designed to fulfill Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification requirements, although the program can be used to partially fulfill these requirements (the other requirements can be found on the Institute of Management Accountants website: https://www.imanet.org/). Professional credentials vary by state and include requirements outside of education, which may include exams, background checks, work experience, and more. Post University does not guarantee licensure. It is ultimately the responsibility of individual students to be in charge of their own licensure process and to make sure that all requirements are met in obtaining licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body.

The following table shows whether Post University, with completion of the appropriate curriculum, does or does not fulfill the educational requirements for a specific license:

Certified Public Accountant Disclosure by State Link: https://post.edu/docs/cpa-disclosure-by-state/


Bachelor of Science in Accounting Program Outcomes

  1. Accounting - Students will explain and apply the theory and practice of accounting to include preparation of financial statements.
  2. Audit - Students will determine and apply knowledge of relevant professional standards (to include but not limited to GAAP and IFRS) and the regulatory environment in the financial reporting and audit of U.S. and multinational business entities.
  3. Managerial and Cost Accounting - Students will develop and evaluate accounting and business information by using analytical and critical thought processes to support internal and external decision making.
  4. Tax - Students will demonstrate and apply knowledge of tax laws for tax reporting and compliance purposes and its effects on financial reporting.
  5. Accounting Information Systems - Students will demonstrate an understanding of current technologies related to accounting information development, audit, and analysis.
  6. Business Ethics - Students will examine and apply ethical and professional behaviors and standards to contemporary business situations.
  7. Communication - Students will communicate professionally using written and/or oral skills essential to success in the business environment.
  8. Fundamental Business Concepts - Students will demonstrate the ability to apply the fundamental concepts of management, marketing, accounting, finance, and economics in a business environment.

Accounting Program - Complete your bachelor's and master's degree in Accounting in 5 years.

Students may apply for the Accounting program when they first register at Post, meeting the undergraduate admission requirements, with the intent to complete both the undergraduate degree and the graduate degree in 5 years. Students with intent will combine Post University's current Bachelor of Science in Accounting and the current MS in Accounting (including the CPA Track Exam Prep Labs). The degree plans will be structured so that students can complete both degrees in a 5-year period.

Final acceptance into the Master of Science in Accounting is decided at the completion of the student's third year and is conditional on the following:

  1. Students must have at least 108 undergraduate credit hours completed successfully prior to starting their fourth year.
  2. Students must complete their undergraduate accounting degree during year 4.
  3. Students must have a 3.00 cumulative GPA
  4. Students must be undergraduate accounting majors.

Please note: If students meet the above requirements, the traditional letters of recommendation and the essay requirement for the MS in Accounting would be waived.

Structure of Five-Year Plan

Year Undergraduate Courses Credits Graduate Courses Credits Graduate CPA Labs Credits Total Credits
1 12 36         36
2 12 36         36
3 12 36         36
4 4 12 4 12 1 1 25
5     6 18 5 5 23
Totals 44 120 10 30 6 6 156

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

General Education: 60 Required Credits

Liberal Arts: 21 Required Credits

Designated Writing Course: 3 Required Credits

Math: 6 Required Credits

Science: 3 Required Credits

  • Elective 3 Credits

Open Electives: 15 Required Credits

  • Elective 3 Credits
  • Elective 3 Credits
  • Elective 3 Credits
  • Elective 3 Credits
  • Elective 3 Credits

Major, Core, & Concentrations: 54 Required Credits

Capstone: 3 Required Credits

Major Core: 33 Required Credits

College to Career Core: 6 Required Credits

Total Program Credits: 120 Required Credits

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