Students selecting a major in Accounting will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree under the program of study offered by the William G. McGowan School of Business. A minor in Accounting is also available as a part of the William G. McGowan School of Business program of study.
King’s accounting majors learn the skills necessary for success in a dynamic global business environment. Built upon the King’s College innovative student learning assessment program, competency-based course content focus learning upon the liberal learning and technical competencies that accounting professionals use as part of their contribution to the success of the business enterprise. The college core curriculum, business foundation courses, and major courses emphasize awareness of personal values, character development, and an understanding of liberal learning competencies applied in a business context, such as communication, analytical thinking, team building, and strategic planning.
Preparation for entry into the accounting profession has moved beyond the traditional auditing and tax functions to integrating the knowledge of accounting in general consulting, and technology management roles. This education reflects the emerging career paths, which encompass business advisors, litigation support specialists, technology consultants, financial/estate planners, and forensic accounting. Accounting majors are encouraged to sample widely in their selection of Core courses and from the elective offerings of the other divisions of the College with the conviction that an effective foundation for life-long learning and continuing professional development, in any career, is built upon the ideas and ideals of a liberal education. The emphasis on early interaction in engaging students to focus on the career development and planning process allows students the time and opportunity to explore career options; identify academic majors and academic minors that fit their interest’s values and abilities; engage in resume building experiences, and develop effective employment search skills which will result in successful placement upon graduation.
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The curriculum in accounting provides the technical preparation for students who want to qualify as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), Certified Management Accountants (CMA’s) or Certified Internal Auditors (CIA’s). Changes to the state requirements for attaining the designation of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and most other states require applicants to attain 150 credit hours of education in order to receive a CPA license to practice in those states. King’s College has designed a cost-effective program of study designed to assist the student in attaining the necessary 150 credit hours of education in their four years of undergraduate study at King’s College. Under this major, Accounting students may elect to take 18 credits per semester during their junior and senior years. Students pursuing these additional 3 credit hours per semester during the third and fourth years of study will have attained 135 credit hours of education; these additional credits are included in the students’ regular tuition and can be taken without any overload fee. Students pursuing these additional credits may do so in any number of ways including selecting a minor from all the available majors within the William G. McGowan School of Business or the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who wish to attain the 150 credit hours of education within the four years of their education at King’s will take 15 credits of summer semester classes in addition to the 135 credits attained during their eight semesters at King’s. Summer semester classes require an overload fee.
Preparation for entry into the accounting profession has moved beyond the traditional auditing and tax functions to integrating knowledge of accounting in general consulting and technology management roles. This education reflects the emerging career paths which encompasses business advisors, litigation support specialists, technology consultants, financial/estate planners, and forensic accounting.
Accounting is an excellent background for prelaw students as well as those who are interested in a general career in business.
Recent graduates have accepted positions in public accounting firms, private industry and government. Firms included:
Campbell Soup Company
Defense Contract Audit Agency (IRS)
Ernst & Young
Kearney & Company
Nisivoccia and Company
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
US Army Audit Agency
US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
In addition, there are many opportunities for graduate studies. Recent options include:
M.S./Ph.D. programs in accounting
M.S. programs in taxation
MSA (Master of Science in Accountancy) - University of Notre Dame
To continue in the King's College Accounting Program (i.e., enroll in ACCT 301 - Intermediate Accounting I,) a student must have earned a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. in Introduction to Financial Accounting II. This requirement also applies to transfer students and to those students pursuing an Accounting Minor. With written permission from the chairperson, accounting majors may participate in an accounting internship for which a maximum of six credit houses may be granted per semester.
Major Requirements (15 Credits)
The following courses will be used to fulfill CORE requirements:
CIS 110 Introduction to Computer Applications for Business
CORE 153 Principles of Economics: Macro
CORE 180 Social Science in an American Context
CORE 193/IB 241 Globalization
MATH 123 Finite Math
Business Foundations (39 Credits)
The following courses will also be included:
ECON 112 Principles of Economics: Micro
ECON 221 Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
MSB 100 Introduction to Business (1 credit)
MSB 110 Introduction to Financial Reporting
MSB 120 Introduction to Management Control and Planning
MSB 200 Principles of Management
MSB 210 Principles of Marketing
MSB 220 Financial Management
MSB 240 Business Law I
MSB 250 Business Communication and Mentoring
MSB 287 Business Ethics
MSB 305 Organizational Behavior
MSB 400 Professional Seminar (2 credits)
MSB 480 Strategic Management
Major Sequence Requirements (29 Credits)
ACCT 115 Introduction to Financial Accounting II
ACCT 115L Financial Accounting II Lab (1 credit)
ACCT 230 Tax Accounting
ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 310 Advanced Financial Accounting
ACCT 340 Advanced Managerial Accounting
ACCT 410 Auditing
ACCT 440 Accounting Information Systems
BUS 345 Business Law II
CARP 412 Career Planning II (1 credit)
Elective (6 Credits) - Students may choose from any elective course offered/accepted by the College including non-business courses.