Accounting and Business Law
Bloomsburg University's Department of Accounting has a more than 90 percent job placement rate over the last 10 years. National, regional and local public accounting firms, government agencies, and private sector organizations recruit on campus each year. In addition to the BSBA in Accounting, the Department also offers a Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) and a Minor in Accounting.
The Department of Accounting will continuously strive to provide the best accounting education in our competitive environment. Goals to accomplish this mission:
- To enhance the enthusiasm and capability of our students for lifelong learning.
- To develop student ability in applying the critical thinking to problem solving.
- To strive to provide our students the opportunities to develop the necessary academic and social skills to enter the accounting profession.
- To strive to continuously improve the excellence of our teaching.
- To continue to vigorously integrate technology into teaching and learning.
- To support faculty efforts leading to regional recognition of faculty excellence in teaching, scholarly growth and service.
- To create a continuous cycle of student, faculty, alumni and business community involvement in our programs.
- To provide students with strong technical background for entry into the profession.
A national leader in the field
Bloomsburg's accounting program was among the first in the nation to offer an undergraduate program in fraud examination, and its Student Association in Fraud Examination was the first-ever student chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The accounting program is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, ranking Bloomsburg University's Zeigler College of Business among the best business colleges in the world.
The accounting program curriculum is tailored to address the demands confronted by today's professional accountant.
- Prior exposure to accountancy is not required for admission. Students are expected to develop proficiency in the general use of computer software programs dealing with database management, electronic spreadsheets and word processing.
- Students learn how to accumulate and summarize information, to analyze and interpret results and to present information that often becomes key to decision making.
- The program emphasizes the importance of communication skills, both written and oral. Successful accountants spend more time working with people than with numbers
- Student organizations include the Accounting Association, Phi Beta Lambda (business fraternity), Student Association for Fraud Examination and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA).
- Starting salaries for graduates are in the $40,000 to $65,000 range and up.
- Many graduates become certified public accountants (CPAs), join corporations or enroll in graduate school, including the Master of Accounting program at Bloomsburg University.
A minor in accounting provides students in disciplines outside of the Zeigler College of Business with a broad background in accounting and its functional areas. The minor is designed so students can have the background necessary to apply their major discipline in the business environment. The minor consists of 18 semester hours, 12 of which must be taken at Bloomsburg University.
The Minor in Fraud Examination is an interdisciplinary program designed to help students develop the tools necessary for a career in the fraud examination field. The Minor includes classes in Criminal Justice, Computer Forensics, Fraud Investigation, Fraud Examination, and Legal Aspects.
Our graduates work in public accounting, internal audit, industry, and government. A number of our graduates have completed the Certified Fraud Examiner exam.
The minor in legal studies promotes the interdisciplinary study of law, enabling undergraduate students in any major to understand and make use of the diverse perspectives on law and the legal system in our complex and rapidly changing society. Legal studies enable graduates to become more effective citizens and participate in the shaping and application of law in the United States and around the world. It enhances the ability of graduates to integrate legal and other methodologies in gathering and evaluating data, making effective arguments, reaching consensus and solving the problems of the future.
The minor recognizes and capitalizes upon the contributions of faculty at Bloomsburg whose teaching and scholarship addresses topics in law and the humanities and social sciences and the impact of law on business, education and society. Faculty in English, philosophy, political science, geography and earth science and finance and business law serve on the interdisciplinary advisory board.
Bloomsburg's Master of Accountancy is designed for individuals who have already completed an undergraduate course of study in accounting and who need to complete graduate coursework to fulfill the AICPA 150 hour requirement for CPA certification.
The program consists of 10 courses (30 graduate credits: 21 Accounting, 3 Finance, and 6 Business Electives credits). Course descriptions are in the graduate catalog. Review for the CPA examination is incorporated into the course of study. Classes meet once or twice a week for 15 weeks in spring and fall semesters. Summer session courses are on-line or hybrid for 6 or 12 week sessions. Class meetings are on the Bloomsburg campus.
Those pursuing to be a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania must complete 150 hours of post-secondary education at an accredited school. Students who complete BU's undergraduate accounting program may fulfill all CPA educational requirements by staying for an additional year and completing either the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) or the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) graduate program.
Professional licensure and certification laws and regulations vary from state to state and are subject to change without notice. If you're planning to pursue a professional credential in a state other than PA, it's highly recommended you contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek guidance and verify requirements prior to starting a program. A Bloomsburg University program that leads to state licensure or certification in Pennsylvania may not meet requirements in another state. Visit intranet.bloomu.edu/state-authorization and nasba.org/stateboards for more information.