The Accounting Major

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The Accounting Profession

Accounting has long been one of the most respected and trusted professions. Accounting prepares students for careers in public accounting, industry, non-profit, and government organizations. Demand for accounting graduates and starting salaries in accounting have consistently been among the highest for new college graduates. The accounting degree opens the door to many professional possibilities including:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA),

  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA),

  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA),

  • Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM),

  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE),

  • Certified Forensic Accountant (Cr.FA),

  • Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA),

  • Personal Financial Specialist (PFS),

  • Others

Accounting at EKU

The BBA in Accounting program at EKU is nationally accredited and is designed to provide students with the solid educational foundation that employers expect of today’s graduates. This foundation not only includes the technical accounting knowledge necessary to successfully pass the various professional examinations, but also includes a strong general business background that allows accounting professionals to move quickly into upper management positions or become business entrepreneurs themselves. The BBA in Accounting can be completed while taking courses only at night.

Students with a college degree in a field other than Accounting who want to take couses to meet the requirements to sit for the CPA Exam can enroll in the Certificate in Accounting program which can be completed in as little as two years while taking classes only at night.

Accelerated BBA/MBA Program  - “3 + 2 Program"

An Eastern Kentucky University undergraduate student who needs 30 or fewer credit hours to complete all of the requirements for the baccalaureate degree may be considered for undergraduate concurrent admission to the Masters of Business Administration Program.  To be eligible for this admission to the "3+2" program, the student must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 at the time of admission.  The student must maintain an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 and must meet the MBA requirements for overall academic standing. 

Students may earn a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours while holding undergraduate concurrent admission status.  A maximum academic load of 15 hours during a regular fall or spring semester and of nine hours during the summer session is permissible when the student is concurrently enrolled in graduate and undergraduate level course work.

Application for undergraduate concurrent admission should be initiated by the student by completing an application to the Graduate School at least 30 days prior to requesting enrollment in any graduate classes.  Students are advised to take the GMAT during their junior year. Students must meet all the MBA admission requirements, with the exception of completion of the baccalaureate degree, prior to admission into the Accelerated BBA/MBA Program. 

Career Paths

Students in accounting are preparing to enter careers which will lead them into public accounting, private accounting, or governmental organizations.  In Public Accounting (CPA firm), students can specialize in: Auditing, Taxation, Management Consulting Services, Forensic Accounting, Litigation Support, Financial Planning, and Business Valuation.  Private Accounting (working in business, industry, or non-profit organizations) gives students careers opportunities in: General Accounting, Cost Accounting, Taxation, Internal Auditing, Computer Systems Analyst, Security Analyst, and more.  Local, state, and Federal governments need accountants in many different agencies: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, General Accounting Office, Kentucky Revenue Cabinet, and many others.  To learn more, visit AICPA or Careers in Accounting.

The Accounting Society

The Accounting Society acquaints members with career opportunities in accounting and is open to all accounting majors or students enrolled in any accounting course. Activities include guest speakers from the accounting profession and opportunities to interact with accountants working in public, private and governmental fields as well as trips to accounting firms and organizations. For more information, contact Mr. Gordon Crowley or Dr. Mary Beth Holbrook.