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Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Accountants work in the corporate world, government and private sector in positions that range from CFO to budget analyst, comptroller and international trade specialist. Accounting majors at Alvernia University’s Header School of Business will develop professional skills which will help prepare for a career in management or public accounting. Students will learn far more than what is contained in textbooks; “real-life learning” enables them to link classroom experiences to the larger community and, indeed, the world.


Faculty members at Alvernia teach about business from both practical and ethical standpoints. A state-of-the-art business lab, alternative business models and the rise of entrepreneurship helped Alvernia earn the accolade of Business College of Distinction in 2022.

Getting Started

Where You Can Get A Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting is available at the following Alvernia University campus:

General Notes
  • A minimum of 123 credits are required for graduation.
  • Credits earned for COM 100 and MAT 100 do not count toward the 123 credits required for graduation; however, COM 100 students may petition for elective credit.
  • Where appropriate, courses required for the major can be used to satisfy General Education requirements. However, the credits earned for these courses are applied to either Gen Ed requirements or the major, not both.
  • Paths of Knowledge coursework may count towards major or minor requirements, but may not fulfill a second Mid-Level Liberal Arts Exploration requirement.
  • Students are expected to follow the catalog requirements for General Education, the major, and additional requirements.
  • A minor or second major within the areas listed under Paths of Knowledge automatically fulfills that area of the Gen Ed requirements.
Application Instructions

Through a rolling admission process, prospective undergraduate students — including first-year, transfer, and international students — may apply via the Alvernia web portal or The Common Application. To learn more about how to complete your application, please visit our application page.

Financing Your Education

There are options to assist in financing your education and making the tuition affordable. Visit our Student Financial Services page for a detailed overview of the process, including a link to complete the FAFSA application, as well as more information about tuition, the tuition payment plan and the tuition deferment program we offer. Alvernia’s Title IV code for the FAFSA is 003233. The Office of Student Financial Services is available to help with any questions you may have. Call 610-796-8201 or email sfs@alvernia.edu.

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Why Choose Alvernia?
• A nationally ranked comprehensive regional university, Alvernia offers more than 50 majors and minors.
• An ever-expanding number of experiential learning opportunities includes internships, field experiences, co-ops, research projects, and study/service abroad programs.
• A rich campus life allows students to enjoy a full calendar of activities and events, more than 50 clubs, intramural sport and student leadership and governance opportunities.
• In growth mode, Alvernia continues to add value to its student experience: expanding academic programming in new facilities; adding student living space and updating residence halls; partnering with a community health provider; and adding amenities including a game room and new performance space.


Program Overview

Curriculum: General Education

Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. You’ll need to complete 54-56 liberal arts core credits and complete community service hours. In addition, Accounting majors must complete 61 credits in the major.

First Year Curriculum: Enduring Questions

  • SEARCH Seminar-Enduring Questions or Honor Search-Enduring Questions (3 credits: SRH 101 or HNR 160)
  • COM 101 Composition & Research: Must earn a C or higher (3 credits)
  • THE 105 Foundations of Theology (3 credits)
  • PHI 105 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)


Mid-Level Liberal Arts Exploration Credits

  • Exploring the Natural World (6-8 credits)
    • Lab Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
    • Math (Other than MAT 100, MAT 208, or MAT 209; MAT 110 is recommended.)
  • Individuals & Communities (6 credits)
    • History or Political Science
    • PSY 101, HIS, POS, SOC, SSC, or ECON
  • Culture & Language (9 credits)
    • Communication (Not COM 100 or 101; COM 344 will satisfy) 
    • World Language – 2 courses in sequence
  • Creative Expressions (6 credits)
    • Literature (ENG)
    • Art, Music, or Theatre


Ethical Leaders and Followers Credits

  • Theology or Philosophy (200-400 level)
  • Theology or Philosophy (Ethics/Morality @ 200 level)
Curriculum: Paths of Knowledge

Paths of Knowledge may count towards minor or Related Requirements, but not Mid-Level Arts Exploration requirements. Choose one path.

PATH 1: Interdisciplinary Study (IS)

Three courses, at least two from Liberal Arts disciplines, not the major, at the 200-400 level from the interdisciplinary minors of Women & Gender Studies, Digital Media, Community & Environmental Sustainability, Community Engagement, Cultural Studies, Leadership Studies or Pre-Law.

PATH 2: Multi-disciplinary Study (MS)

Three courses, at least two from Liberal Arts disciplines, not the major, at the 200-400 level employing multiple disciplinary perspectives to explore the Enduring Questions in one of the following themes: Cultural & Global Studies, Imagination & Creativity, Peace & Conflict, Poverty & Wealth or Sustainability, Science & Technology.

PATH 3: In-depth Disciplinary Study (DS)

Three courses at the 200-400 level in one Liberal Arts discipline other than one’s major, guided by common ideas and methods of inquiry. Students choose from Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theology, Theatre or World Languages. This path may be used to give students a firm foundation in a discipline supporting their chosen major, or to pursue an interest in one of the Liberal Arts disciplines.

Curriculum: Major Requirements

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. You’ll need to complete 54-55 liberal arts core credits and complete community service hours. In addition, Accounting majors must complete 61 credits in the major.


Business Core (33 credits)

  • BUS 101: Financial Accounting*
  • BUS 206: Management Principles*
  • BUS 207: Marketing Principles*
  • BUS 250: Accounting Principles
  • BUS 315: Data Analytics & Information Systems
  • BUS 342: Business Law
  • BUS 410: Financial Markets
  • BUS 411: Financial Decision Making
  • BUS 426: Strategic Management
  • BUS 441: Cooperative Education in Business I (enrolled for at least 3 credits)
  • MAT 208: Introductory Statistics or MAT 209 Probability and Statistics


* must earn a grade of "C" or better


Related Area (6 credits)

  • ECON 248: Macroeconomics I
  • ECON 249: Microeconomics II


High Performer Development Series (3 credits)

  • BUS 251: High Performer Development Series I
  • BUS 351 High Performer Development Series II
  • BUS 451 High Performer Development Series III


Professional Readiness (1 credit)

  • UNIV 200: Career & Internship Preparation

 
Accounting Courses (18 credits)

  • BUS 252: Intermediate Accounting I
  • BUS 253: Intermediate Accounting II
  • BUS 301: Advanced Accounting
  • BUS 304: Federal Taxation
  • BUS 400: Cost Accounting
  • BUS 402: Auditing


Recommended Courses (Optional)

  • BUS 442: Cooperative Education in Business II

 

Fraud Examination Concentration

Accounting majors also can complete a 12-credit concentration in fraud examination. This concentration includes courses necessary to provide you with the core competencies needed to excel in fraud examination. By completing the courses necessary for this concentration, you’ll be prepared to sit for the Certified Fraud Examiner exam. Attaining fraud examiner certification can be extremely useful if you’re pursuing a career in a field such as accounting, human resources, management, criminal justice or insurance. Required courses in the fraud examination concentration are:

  • BUS 101 Financial Accounting
  • BUS 200 Managerial Accounting OR BUS 250 Accounting Principles
  • BUS 205 Fraud Examination
  • MBA 555 Forensic Accounting (Please check with your advisor for more details.)

 

Business Minor

Students who major in another area can minor in business by earning 21 credits. Required courses for a business minor are:

  • BUS 101 Financial Accounting
  • BUS 200 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 206 Management Principles
  • BUS 207 Marketing Principles
  • BUS 342 Business Law
  • BUS 410 Financial Markets
  • ECON 248 Macroeconomics OR ECON 249 Microeconomics
Major Notes

To graduate with a Business degree, students must:

  • Have earned and maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0
  • Have earned 60 credits
  • Earn a “C” or higher in BUS 101, BUS 206, BUS 207 and the math course taken to fulfill the Liberal  Arts General Education.
  • There is a 75 Hour Experiential Learning Graduation Requirement for all business majors. Please consult with your academic advisor for more information. 
Experiential Learning Opportunities
  • In the John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne, our business lab and Bloomberg Terminals provide financial real time, historical data, market moving news and analytics.
  • The O'Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship provides a support system that can elevate aspiring and existing entrepreneurs as well as provide experiential learning opportunities for students, clients and mentors. Services
    are delivered through an integrated network of partners, mentors, staff and student expertise. Fields include accounting, business development, communications, digital design, engineering and marketing.
  • The Future Business Leaders of America, Inc. (FBLA) is the largest business career and technical student organization in the
    world. FBLA Collegiate is the collegiate division of FBLA and is dedicated to inspiring and developing the next generation of
    leaders by preparing members for careers in business and business-related fields.
Accreditation Statements
Career Outlook

After earning your Bachelor of Science in Accounting, you can pursue a variety of careers, including:

  • Budget Analyst
  • Grant Writer
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Internal Auditor Comptroller
  • International Business Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • IRS Investigator
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Corporate Controller
  • Revenue Agent Partner in an Accounting Firm
  • Financial Analyst Financial Manager


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the range of jobs available with a bachelor’s degree in accounting is projected to grow up to 17 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than average for all occupations. The median annual wage in those professions in 2021 ranged from $80,000 to $179,000.

Opportunities for Majors

Phi Beta Lambda

Phi Beta Lambda provides opportunities students to develop vocational competencies for business and office occupations and business teacher education. The specific goals are to promote competent, aggressive business leadership, understand American business enterprise, establish career goals, encourage scholarship, promote sound financial management, and develop character and self-confidence and to facilitate transition from school to work. The Alvernia College PBL Chapter has won many awards on both state and national levels. In competitions, the Alvernia PBL Chapter regularly participates in state and national workshops and conferences, is active in campus projects and completes community service projects.
 

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

IMA is the world's largest organization devoted to management accountants, financial management and information management professionals. IMA Student Chapters promote careers in those areas and helps to develop leadership skills.
 

Internship Opportunities

Internship placements for our students have included Citizens Bank, Walt Disney World, Rohm & Haas, Vanguard, GVA Smith Mack, Haines & Kibblehouse, US Department of Treasury, US Department of Finance, Stroehmann/Maier’s Bakery, Webb Insurance, InRoads, Reading Royals, Olsen/DeTurck, Philadelphia Eagles, Cott Beverage, Four Seasons Produce, Morgan Stanley, Ernst & Young and the Camden Riversharks.
 

The Washington Center Experience

Alvernia students have an opportunity to earn college credit by spending a semester or summer in Washington, D.C. where they serve as interns in a congressional office, government agency, major corporation, newspaper or news network, or agencies devoted to legal affairs, international relations, or business and economics. Participants are customarily juniors or seniors who have achieved grade point averages of 2.5 or better and who have the endorsement of the appropriate academic area. In addition to their internship, students select one seminar dealing with the arts and humanities, communication, public policy, the legal system, business, and government. Interested students should see their academic advisor.
 

Delta Mu Delta

Delta Mu Delta is a business honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence of students to create a community that fosters the well-being of its individual members and the business community through life-time membership.
 

Bloomberg Terminal

Alvernia University students have access to the Bloomberg Terminal, located in the John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne. The Bloomberg Terminal provides real-time and historical data, market moving news, and analytics to help leading business and financial professionals worldwide make better informed investment decisions. The university’s subscription to the Bloomberg Terminal will enable students to become family with tools used in financial services while reinforcing classroom theory.

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Get to Know Your Faculty

For more information about Alvernia’s Accounting program contact the Admissions Office at 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu. Or reach out directly to Header School of Business Chair Tufan Tiglioglu at 610-796-8278 or tufan.tiglioglu@alvernia.edu. To see a list of lecturers in the College of Business, Communication, and Leadership, click here.