Bachelor of Science in Accounting
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSA) is designed for students seeking professional careers in accounting. Students who earn this degree will have all necessary credentials to immediately pursue accounting careers in private industry. Students who earn 30 additional credit hours, (undergraduate or graduate), will be qualified to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination. This is the required certification for those who wish to pursue careers in public accounting. The School's Master of Science in Business Communication (MSBC) program with a concentration in Accounting is designed to complement the BSA with appropriate content and sufficient credit hours to fully prepare students for the profession.
Students who earn the BSA will also be qualified to take the Certified Management Accounting (CMA) examination, which leads to a certification that is widely recognized as evidence of expertise in the accounting component of the internal management process. Those students who pursue the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration can also include in their program the courses necessary to prepare for the CMA examination.
Bachelor of Science in Accounting (120 total credit hours)
University Studies - 49 credit hours
Accounting Major - 33 credit hours
Business Support Courses - 26 credit hours
General Electives - 12 credit hours
Accounting Minor (18 total credit hours)
1 ACC Elective
Second Degree in Accounting
The Second Degree in Accounting is designed for persons with a bachelor's degree in another field who are interested in earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. This innovative degree program affords participants the opportunity to acquire their accounting degree in less than two years or 12 six-week sessions. Students who transfer in any of the major or required support courses can reduce this time even further. Convenient evening classes are offered to second degree accounting students.
Students in the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program have the opportunity to be admitted to Spalding's Master of Science in Business Communication (MSBC) Accounting Concentration if they earn an undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or above. Students completing both degrees will more than satisfy both Kentucky's and Indiana's requirement of 150 credit hours, which allows them to sit for the CPA exam. Just as important, the MSBC is specifically designed to fulfill the skill-based needs companies have mentioned are lacking in their employees, but necessary for their companies' success. Both these degrees, combined, may be earned in 16 sessions or roughly 2 years and 4 months.
Students are admitted to the Second Degree in Accounting after they have completed the following requirements:
Post-Bachelor's Accounting Certificate Option
The post-bachelor's accounting certificate option is designed for individuals that have earned a bachelor's degree in any field but want to acquire the hours and courses necessary to sit for the CPA exam. In order to earn the certificate in accounting, at least 50% of the accounting courses must be taken at Spalding.
Students are admitted to the Post-Bachelor’s Accounting Certificate program after they have completed the following requirements: