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BS in Accounting

Accounting is the language of business. It is used to communicate financial and other information to people, organizations and governments, and is integral to effective management.

Our bachelor of science in accounting program provides a blend of relevant expertise and rigor that will set a foundation for your career. The curriculum features a broad business education, designed to foster the technical competence and analytical skills required to maximize each student's potential as a business professional.

The academic phase of the program involves basic accounting and financial processes, management, business theory and tax law. Quinnipiac also sponsors internships in public accounting firms and offers a cooperative work-study program with the Internal Revenue Service.

Quinnipiac boasts one of the oldest programs of its kind in Connecticut. The accessibility of Quinnipiac's faculty and staff, the resources provided to students, and the school's contacts in the business world all contribute to the success of accounting majors.

Quinnipiac accounting graduates often receive job offers in the summer before their senior year. They connect with potential employers early in their studies by participating in career fairs and accounting networking events on campus, which bring representatives from local, regional and international accounting firms, as well as representatives from industry and government. Accounting majors also use these opportunities to interact with alumni and other representatives from their future profession. Through these contacts and through the support of career services staff, many students obtain internships. These on-the-job experiences provide opportunities to integrate classroom learning into a real-world environment to clarify career goals. 

Upon graduation, many accounting majors join public accounting firms. These firms generally offer services including auditing, consulting, income tax planning and preparation, and the compilation and review of financial statements. Some graduates go into management and private industry accounting, where they prepare financial statements, develop budgets, perform cost analyses or conduct internal audits. An accounting background is highly valued in business; many CEOs and presidents come from accounting and finance departments. 

Curriculum + Requirements

A total of 125 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 211 (formerly AC 101) Financial Accounting; AC 212 (formerly AC 102) Managerial Accounting; AC 305 Intermediate Accounting I; AC 306 Intermediate Accounting II; and AC 307 Intermediate Accounting III. 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

University Curriculum

Accounting Core Curriculum (30 credits):

Course Title Credits
AC 305 Intermediate Accounting I 3
AC 306 Intermediate Accounting II 3
AC 307 Intermediate Accounting III 3
AC 323 Cost Accounting 3
AC 335 Accounting Systems 3
AC 405 Accounting for Business Combinations 3
AC 411 Auditing Theory & Practice 3
AC 412 Advanced Auditing Theory and Practice 3
AC 431 Federal Income Taxation of Individuals 3
AC 432 Advanced Federal Income Tax Procedure 3

Open electives (12 credits)

Learning Goals

Students who complete the accounting program successfully will:

  • demonstrate technical competencies in accounting
  • develop an understanding of ethical issues in accounting, personal responsibility and integrity
  • demonstrate skills in working in collaborative environments
  • demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
  • respect diverse opinions and cultural backgrounds

Minor in Accounting

Students who wish to augment their field of study with the perspective and tools of accounting are encouraged to consider a minor in accounting.

The minor in accounting requires six courses. Students who plan to minor in accounting must complete:

  • AC 211 Financial Accounting
  • AC 212 Managerial Accounting
  • AC 305 Intermediate Accounting I

The remaining three courses may be selected from the following:

Course Title Credits
AC 306 Intermediate Accounting II 3
AC 307 Intermediate Accounting III 3
AC 323 Cost Accounting 3
AC 335 Accounting Systems 3
AC/CIS 359 Advanced Excel Programming 3
AC 405 Advanced Accounting 3
AC 411 Auditing Theory & Practice 3
AC 412 Advanced Auditing 3
AC 431 Federal Income Taxation of Individuals 3
AC 432 Advanced Federal Income Tax Procedure 3