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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting Specialization

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting Concentration

Interested in pursuing career options in accounting? The Accounting Concentration builds on Salem’s internationally-focused BSBA curriculum to give you the targeted knowledge you need to succeed. In addition to the general education, cross-cultural knowledge, and business administration core curriculum, this concentration program allows students to develop strategic accounting and auditing skills.

This program is part of our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. The degree is available online or on campus, and takes as little as 40 months to complete.

Objectives of This Program

The Accounting Concentration consists of five upper-level courses that offer you an understanding of topics including:

  • Personal taxation, income tax, and retirement benefits
  • Financial statement reporting, analysis and auditing
  • Accounting strategies for decision-makers and the manufacturing industry

After graduation, you should be prepared to pursue entry-level career opportunities within accounting departments or firms.

Career Opportunities

The skills you learn in the BSBA – Accounting program can help you prepare for careers in:

  • Accounting
  • Tax preparation
  • Tax consultancy
  • Auditing

This program also prepares you to complete a master’s degree later on.

Program of Study

The concentration in accounting builds on the general knowledge, international focus, and core business curriculum of our BSBA program with five targeted courses:

  • ACC304 Financial Accounting
  • ACC305 Financial Accounting 2
  • ACC312 Federal Taxation
  • ACC316 Cost Accounting
  • ACC411 Auditing

These upper-level courses are taken during the last two years of your degree program.

Course Format

SIU offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration online or on campus in West Virginia. Both learning options feature:

  • The same curriculum and accelerated course sequence
  • Experienced faculty who support your goals
  • A diverse learning community
  • Comprehensive preparation for your business career

Course Descriptions

ACC304 –Financial Accounting (3 Credits)
This intermediate accounting course examines the reporting of current and non-current assets, income, and cash flow. Topics include financial statement analysis and the conceptual framework of accounting, as well as financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders. Conceptual materials are reinforced with practical applications.

ACC305 –Financial Accounting 2 (3 Credits)
This intermediate accounting course examines the reporting of long-term receivables, investments, stockholders’ equity items, income recognition, and the measurement of net assets. Topics include accounting for income taxes (as distinct from federal taxation), post-employment benefits, leases, earning per share, account changes and errors, and changes in prices. Conceptual materials are reinforced with practical applications.

ACC312 – Federal Taxation (3 Credits)
Traces the development of federal taxation and its purposes. Examines the rules and regulations of the current tax laws governing the taxation of personal income and corporate income.

ACC316 – Cost Accounting (3 Credits)
This course uses various methods and approaches to support decision-making. Topics include the analysis cost variances from predetermined cost standards, indirect and direct costs, and allocations of costs internally. Emphasis is on accounting tools to support manufacturing operations and the procedures used by management to control costs.

ACC411 – Auditing (3 Credits)
Examines the nature and theory surrounding the audit of financial statements with emphasis on the procedures and techniques used during the course of an audit engagement. Additionally, generally accepted auditing standards are reviewed in conjunction with the role, responsibility, and liability of the auditor.

Overview of Admission Requirements

Anyone who wishes to apply to our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • High school graduate or equivalent (such as a GED or international secondary institution).

High school transcripts (and/or college transcripts for transfer students) must be provided before the end of the first semester of study. International students will need to provide results of credential evaluation and English language capability.

Please see the application page for more details.

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Earn a business degree with an accounting focus and launch your career. Talk to a Salem International University admissions advisor for more information about our BSBA with a concentration in Accounting today.

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