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(includes a 3-2 BS/MSA option)
Dr. Simon Petravick
The Degrees in Accounting
To prepare our students for satisfying and rewarding careers in accounting, auditing, finance, and other business related fields, Bradley offers both undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting. Additionally, students with an interest in risk management and corporate governance may obtain a concentration in internal auditing. Since accounting is the language of business, it provides valuable skills for any career path, from attorney to banker to FBI agent.
Upon receipt of a bachelor’s degree, students will be eligible to sit for either the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Management Accounting (CMA) exams. Students desiring to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam will usually require 150 credit hours. These credits can be obtained by taking additional undergraduate hours or enrolling in Bradley’s innovative 3:2 program, which allows students to receive both undergraduate and Master of Science in Accounting degrees through one integrated program. Our accounting faculty can help students determine if the 3:2 program or another academic path is best suited for their career goals.
All accounting classes are taught by faculty, not graduate assistants. Every member of our faculty holds at least one accounting certification (CPA, CMA, CIA, CA, or CFE); several have two certifications. Class sizes are small, 15 to 35 students. This gives you the opportunity to know your teachers and classmates.
Bradley is the only private downstate Illinois university that has an accounting program which is accredited by AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). AACSB accreditation means that you have access to the highest quality classes, teachers, and students in the world. Only 170 institutions worldwide hold this accreditation.
The Department of Accounting sponsors two student organizations: the Bradley Accounting Club (BAC) and Beta Alpha Psi (BAP). BAC helps members gain knowledge of specific accounting careers, obtain onsite experience through job shadowing and group visits to companies and foster good relations through social events and networking. BAP is an honorary organization open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Each year, these organizations sponsor more than 20 on-campus meetings with accounting professionals as well as several community service projects. Both clubs are student run, providing excellent opportunities for developing and enhancing leadership skills. For example, the members of BAP have recently tutored students taking principles of accounting courses, provided accounting services at Bradley's Relay for Life event, and raised $700 for the Race for the Cure.
Our BAP chapter has received numerous honors. In 2009, our BAP chapter was one of only 14 chapters in the world to earn BAP's Gold Chapter Award. Additionally, in 2010 our BAP chapter won the Business Ethics best practices competition at the BAP Midwest Regional Meeting.
Every organization needs accountants: large, small, public, private. Some of the organizations who employ Bradley’s students as either interns or full-time employees are:
- Big Four and National Public Accounting Firms such as Deloitte & Touche,PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, and McGladrey & Pullen.
- Regional and Local Public Accounting Firms such as Baker Tilly, Clifton Gunderson, Porte Brown, and Heinhold-Banwart.
- Fortune Corporations such as Caterpillar, Archer Daniels Midland, State Farm, and John Deere.