Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Prepare for a rewarding career in accounting

If you’re looking for a career field with great potential, accounting deserves careful consideration. Frostburg State University’s 4-year, bachelor in accounting degree program is a great way to enter this exciting field of diverse opportunities. The College of Business is AACSB accredited – the gold standard among business program accreditations. There are more than 15,000 colleges and universities around the world and only approximately 695 are accredited by AACSB, which means fewer than 5 percent worldwide are AACSB accredited (4.63 percent to be precise).

The goal of the dedicated accounting faculty at Frostburg State is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to become a successful professional accountant with a rewarding career. All organizations require the use of the language of business – accounting.  Accounting is the keystone in the decision-making process in any organization, regardless of size.

The breadth of our program ensures you are prepared for a number of different career opportunities. Accounting is a high-demand, high-salaried field.  Our students have a strong basis to help them become certified professionals in the field of accounting. They are prepared to work toward sitting for professional examinations: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner, to name a few.

We offer two accounting programs in the College of Business: a BS/BA in Accounting and a combined BS/BA in Accounting/MBA option. The combined 5-year (full time) BS in Accounting and MBA program gives you the required 150 credit hours that is part of the final CPA licensure requirement in Maryland.  The MBA portion of the program is offered online.

FSU accounting alumni are successfully employed in many diverse accounting-related positions, such as public accounting; consulting and education. They are employed in financial services, industry, not-for-profit organizations, state, local and federal government agencies; insurance companies; hospitals; manufacturing firms and schools and universities.
 

  • Accounting is also available as a minor.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting Highlights:

  • Gain an advanced level of knowledge in financial accounting and reporting, auditing, accounting systems, cost accounting and federal taxation.

  • Learn in a small classroom environment (typically 18-25 students) that allows extensive interaction with faculty members.

  • Participate in regional, national and international professional conferences where you can build a network of future career contacts.

  • Gain valuable experience as a participant in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance  program.

  • Complete an accounting internship working in a variety of organizations.
    It’s a great way to gain real-world experience that is highly valued by employers.

  • Join the FSU Accounting Association that brings in guest speakers from financial organizations and organizes field trips, special projects and social activities for accounting majors.

About Our Accounting Faculty:

  • Be taught by full-time, qualified faculty members, not teaching assistants.

  • Build strong mentoring relationships with faculty members who maintain an open-door policy and encourage out-of-class interaction with students.

  • Receive personalized career and academic advising from faculty who have strong professional connections in the business world.

Sample Accounting Courses You May Take:

Financial Accounting – Gain an introduction to the principles and concepts of financial accounting, including the basic accounting process, required to make informed decisions based on financial statement information.

Tax – Explore federal income taxation of individuals and corporations. Be introduced to tax research, tax planning and professional responsibilities. Other topics such as tax preparation software are at the instructor’s discretion.

Cost Accounting – The course gives an in-depth coverage of cost-volume-profit analysis, cost behavior and cost analysis. Learn about cost management, cost control, determination, evaluation and analysis. Understand pricing decisions and decision making with relevant costs.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s accounting program requirements (PDF).

Also see: Frostburg State University's BS in accounting/MBA program requirements (PDF).

Career Outlook for Accounting:

Depending on the career path you choose, accounting offers a wide range of opportunities for graduates. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates who wish to become certified public accountants or auditors can anticipate 13 percent growth in jobs through 2022, which is equal to the average across all occupations. Graduates who wish to become personal financial advisors will enjoy a growth in career opportunities of 27 percent through 2022, which is more than twice the average across all occupations.  For more information on these two career paths, go to:

CPAs and auditors
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm
(U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Personal financial advisors
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/personal-financial-advisors.htm
(U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook)

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