Program Advisors: Susann Cuperus (Chair)
Accounting majors graduating from the University of Mary's Gary Tharaldson School of Business will be enriched through a curriculum of discovery, development and application to ensure a sound knowledge of the key professional components of business.
Students also gain an understanding of how to incorporate servant leadership into their everyday lives as business professionals. In addition to the core competencies of the University, graduates of the Accounting program will be able to:
- demonstrate the ability to apply generally accepted accounting principles, IRS regulations, audit standards, and SEC reporting requirements in the preparation of accounting information for internal and external users.
- demonstrate the ability to synthesize information and form arguments, adapting oral and written communication to the audience.
- evaluate ethical dilemmas and formulate actions using appropriate ethical and legal frameworks and standards of the profession.
- use information technologies to access, analyze, and report financial information.
- recognize economic, legal, and political forces that impact organizations operating in today's global environment.
- demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate ideas from multiple perspectives to make decisions and solve problems.
- demonstrate the ability to research emerging issues using appropriate professional resources.
- incorporate the Benedictine values and the merits of servant leadership into the best practices of academic projects and coursework, community projects, and work effectively in a team environment.
Additional Program Information
The Accounting program's curriculum is designed so that a student will earn both an Accounting Major and a Business Administration minor with emphasis on preparation for certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). A typical bachelor's degree requires 128 semester hours. Accounting students who wish to sit for the CPA examination must have a total of 150 semester hours of college credit to be eligible to write the exam, so most accounting students have to plan for a fifth year of study. The accounting curriculum at the University of Mary has been designed to graduate with a bachelor's degree in accounting in three and a half years and then begin the MBA-accountancy program. At the end of five years, the student may have completed a master's degree and successfully completed all or part of the CPA exam. The student's accounting advisor will work with the student to determine the best courses (graduate and/or undergraduate) to meet the needs of the individual in obtaining the additional credit needed to sit for the exam and reach their individual career goals.
Courses required for Accounting Major:
All of the following courses require a final grade of C or higher to count towards the major. In addition, courses marked with an * must be completed prior to application to the major.
- *ACC 101,*102, 204, 301, 302, 303, 322, 403, 404, 414, 422, 423, 432, 425 or 440
- *ECN 203, 204, *BUS 201, 215, 311, 312, 362, 380, *CIS 101 or pass the equivalency exam, *MAT 180, * ENG 121, *COM 110
Students must complete ALU 499, Senior Competencies Assessment, a series of assessments to be taken during their last semester of study.
Courses required for Accounting Minor:
ACC 101, 102, 204, 301, 302, 303, and one of the following: ACC 403, 414, 423; and BUS 381, 362 (if not a Business major), CIS 352 (if not already required for the student's major).
To graduate with an accounting major, 16 upper level (300-400) credits must be accounting courses taken from the University of Mary. Upper-level business or computer information electives do not count toward this requirement.