Introduction

Auditing a global business or assisting in a massive fraud investigation are just two examples of how a degree in accounting can be incredibly versatile. Our AACSB-accredited BS in Accounting program not only positions you for such challenging careers, but enables you to distinguish yourself from the competition early.

Program Overview

By providing an understanding of an organization’s story through its numbers, an accounting degree helps you to inform various decision makers and to make strategic decisions. In fact, CEOs and company presidents often come from accounting backgrounds because of their capacity to see the broader financial picture. 

The accounting program at Quinnipiac University School of Business provides a foundation in the principles, concepts and practices of accounting, and equips graduates with general business knowledge along with technical expertise that is necessary for success in early careers in accounting and related fields. The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a designation enjoyed by only a select few accounting programs regionally. AACSB accreditation proves that our curriculum meets highest standards required in the accounting profession and prepares students for high pass rates on the CPA exam.

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Impactful relationships

Professor Chris Hodgdon discusses concepts with students during his course Managerial Accounting.

A degree in accounting opens the door to a diverse range of careers, including public or corporate accounting, not-for-profit or governmental accounting, and careers in related fields. Today’s accountants are trusted and people-oriented professionals who are relied upon to solve a variety of business problems.  

Our program has deep connections in the business world. At our career fairs and networking events on campus, we host representatives from the Big 4 accounting firms, regional and local accounting firms, many of whom are alumni of our program. Students have the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom in real-world settings through internships, and many of our accounting majors receive job offers the summer before their senior year.

Accreditation

AACSB accredited accounting logo

Elite accreditation

Our undergraduate accounting program holds the distinction of AACSB accounting accreditation, putting it in select company. In fact, ours is one of only a few programs in the region with AACSB accounting accreditation, and one of two in Connecticut alone. Earning this elite accreditation is proof that our programs meet the highest standards of accounting education and career preparation. It’s no surprise that our graduates enjoy higher pass rates on the CPA exam, and are so regarded highly by employers.

Honors Organization for Financial Information

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Superior Chapter status

Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor organization for financial students and professionals, has recognized Quinnipiac’s Nu Alpha chapter as a Superior Chapter, due to its outstanding efforts in the 2016–17 academic year. This recognition is awarded to universities that far exceed the baseline requirements of Beta Alpha Psi, and have excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism and leadership. The faculty advisers leading this chapter are accounting professors George Baah and Zeshwan Beg.

“Recognition as a Superior Chapter is a significant accomplishment.”
Sandra B. Richtermeyer, CPA, CMA
2017–18 president, Beta Alpha Psi

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Accounting Curriculum

A total of 122 credits is required for graduation with the degree of BS in Accounting. Accounting majors must earn a minimum grade of a B- in the following courses to receive credit.

AC 211Financial Accounting (formerly AC 101)3
AC 212Managerial Accounting (formerly AC 102)3
AC 305Intermediate Accounting I3
AC 306Intermediate Accounting II3
AC 307Intermediate Accounting III3

An Accounting major earning a grade below B- in any of these courses must repeat the course. In addition, Accounting majors must earn a minimum grade of C- in all other accounting and law courses.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for entry into the Accounting major. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation with a degree in Accounting.

Business Core Curriculum
Complete the Business Core Curriculum43
University Curriculum
Complete the University Curriculum for School of Business34
Accounting Core
AC 305Intermediate Accounting I3
AC 306Intermediate Accounting II3
AC 307Intermediate Accounting III3
AC 323Cost Accounting3
AC 335Accounting Systems3
AC 405Advanced Accounting3
AC 411Auditing Theory and Practice3
AC 412Advanced Auditing3
AC 431Federal Income Taxation of Individuals3
AC 432Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities3
Open Electives
Select 15 credits15
Total Credits122

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