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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 curriculum provides a blend of relevant expertise and rigor that will set a foundation for your career. The bachelor of science in accounting program 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.

Our accounting program has produced successful graduates who are CPAs, controllers, senior auditors and entrepreneurs. Our students find satisfying careers in public accounting, industry, government and academia. Entry level accountants work as staff accountants in public accounting firms, internal auditors, cost and financial analysts in industry, as well as IRS agents. With more experience, an accountant can become a partner in a public accounting firm, or a controller or chief financial officer in a corporate organization.

Most accounting students continue their education in master's degree programs or in professional education courses.

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; and AC 306 Intermediate Accounting II. 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 (46 credits)

University Curriculum (37 credits)

Accounting Core (27 credits):

Course Title Credits
AC 305 Intermediate Accounting I 3
AC 306 Intermediate Accounting II 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 Tax Procedure 3
AC 432 Advanced Federal Income Tax Procedure 3

Accounting Elective (select one--3 credits)

Course Title Credits
AC 402 Internship Program 3
FIN (any) Finance Elective 3
LW 122 Law of Property, Sales & Negotiable Instruments 3

Open Electives (12 credits)

Minor in Accounting

Students wishing 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 and AC 212 Managerial Accounting. In addition, students must take AC 305 Intermediate Accounting I. The remaining three courses may be selected from the following:

  • AC 306 Intermediate Accounting II (3 credits)
  • AC 323 Cost Accounting (3 credits)
  • AC 335 Accounting Systems (3 credits)
  • AC 411 Auditing Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • AC 431 Federal Income Tax Procedure (3 credits)
  • AC 432 Advanced Federal Income Tax Procedure (3 credits)