Overview

Accounting is an important and time-honored career with outstanding job opportunities. Individuals, companies, and corporations rely on accountants to advise them on financial matters and help manage their money. Accountants should be detail-oriented, organized and have good problem-solving skills. Good communication skills are important, and, because they handle other people’s money, accountants must possess a very high level of integrity.

As an accounting major at Alvernia University, you’ll develop professional skills that prepare you for a career in management accounting or public accounting. You’ll learn far more than what is contained in textbooks, because you’ll experience “real-life learning” that enables you to link your classroom experiences to the larger community and, indeed, the world.

Faculty members at Alvernia teach about business from both practical and ethical standpoints. This gives you the knowledge you’ll need to succeed professionally because it develops supervisory and managerial skills that are necessary to advance in your career.

All of Alvernia University’s Business Department programs – including Accounting – are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs (ACBSP) and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Your Career

The work of accounting involves far more than just crunching numbers. Accounting is a blend of problem-solving, analysis and communication — important skills you’ll have a chance to develop as an accounting major at Alvernia University.

Accountants work in a variety of fields. You might want to be a partner in an accounting firm, the chief financial officer of a corporation or an investigator for the Internal Revenue Service. Perhaps you’re interested in a career as an international trade specialist or international business manager. Accountants also work as budget analysts, comptrollers and certified management accountants.

It’s good news that accounting jobs are expected to increase by 13 percent between the present time and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accounting graduates who earn Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designations in addition to their degrees can further improve their job prospects, as the demand for accounting services has grown due to new financial regulations.

A sampling of employers of Alvernia accounting graduates:

  • Herbein + Company
  • RKL
  • Penske
  • Wells Fargo
  • The Diocese of Allentown
  • Risk Advisory Services (RAS) - Philadelphia, PA
  • Maillie, LLP - West Chester, PA
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks
  • Naden/Lean LLC - Maryland

Master of Business Administration

Some business students pursue graduate degrees after graduation, either at Alvernia or other colleges and universities. Others work to achieve professional certification, such as testing to become a certified public accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Alvernia offers a special program for motivated students — a MBA + 1 option. By declaring an interest in your junior year, you could be eligible to enroll in a 30-credit Master of Business Administration degree program that you complete in just one year. You would extend your stay at Alvernia for an extra year, finishing after five years with both an undergraduate and graduate degree.

Learn more about the MBA Program here.

Your Curriculum

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 58 credits in the major.  View all business course descriptions here.

Required Courses (58 credits)

BUS 101 Financial Accounting

BUS 206 Management Principles

BUS 207 Marketing Principles

BUS 250 Accounting Principles

BUS 252 Intermediate Accounting I

BUS 253 Intermediate Accounting II

BUS 301 Advanced Accounting

BUS 304 Federal Taxation

BUS 305 Accounting Info Systems

BUS 342 Business Law

BUS 400 Cost Accounting

BUS 402 Auditing

BUS 410 Financial Markets

BUS 411 Corporate Finance

BUS 426 Strategic Management

BUS 438  Business Seminar

MAT 208 Introductory Statistics or MAT 209 Probability and Statistics

Related Requirements (6 credits)

ECON 248 Macroeconomics

ECON 249 Microeconomics

Recommended Courses

BUS 441 Cooperative Education in Business

BUS 442 Cooperative Education in Business II

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.)

Your Real World Learning Experience

Alvernia believes that real-world experience is extremely important, as it can improve your confidence and introduce you to professionals in your intended field of employment.

You will not only benefit from experienced faculty members who have extensive experience in the business world, you’ll also get the opportunity to participate in learning opportunities in real business settings through internships and cooperative experiences.

Some of the organizations with which Alvernia business majors have had internships include:

  • The Camden Riversharks
  • Citizens Bank
  • Cott Beverage
  • Ernst & Young
  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Haines & Kibblehouse
  • InRoads
  • Morgan Stanley
  • The Philadelphia Eagles
  • The Reading Royals
  • Service And Access Management (SAM)
  • Superior Oxygen
  • U.S. Department of Finance
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Walt Disney World
  • Webb Insurance

Your advisor, other faculty members and staff of Alvernia’s Career Development Center can help you decide if an internship is right for you.

Research Opportunities

Research is a valuable aspect of any education. Business faculty at Alvernia conduct research in a variety of areas, including leadership, management, organizational development, strategy, market research, international marketing, time management, conflict resolution, international leadership and hiring of part-time employees.

As a business major, there may be an opportunity for you to assist in faculty research, and to benefit from the knowledge gained through faculty research.

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

Department Chair

Dr. Samuel M. Bradley
Associate Professor of Business
samuel.bradley@alvernia.edu
610-796-8236

For more information about Alvernia’s accounting program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu.

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