Accounting

As an Accounting student, you will prepare for a satisfying and rewarding career in accounting, auditing, finance and other business-related fields. The Foster College offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting. 

Opportunity to Innovate

The Bradley Accounting Club (BAC) helps members gain knowledge of specific accounting careers, obtain onsite experience through group visits to companies and fosters good relationships through social events and networking. 

Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is an honorary organization for accounting majors open to juniors, seniors and graduate students. BAP provides an opportunity to attend regional and national conferences focusing on topics relevant to accounting education and careers.

Both of these organizations sponsor more than 20 on-campus meetings with accounting professionals and several community service projects per year. 

Requirements for Professional Certification

The accounting major provides the educational background for many entry-level accounting positions. Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting will have the necessary educational requirements for the CMA and CIA exams. Students will also have earned 124 hours of the 150 hours needed to sit for the CPA exam in those states requiring 150 credit hours. Students may earn the remaining hours needed for the CPA exam by obtaining a Master of Science in Accounting degree or other graduate degree, such as the Master of Business Administration, or by taking additional undergraduate classes.

Impact the World

Every organization needs accountants: large, small, public and private. Our accounting students have 100 percent career outcome rate. You may intern or work for one of the following companies that hire Foster College accounting students:

  • Big Four and national public accounting firms such as Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and RSM
  • Regional and local public accounting firms such as Baker Tilly, CilftonLarsonAllen, Porte Brown and Heinold-Banwart
  • Fortune 100 corporations such as Caterpillar Inc., Archer Daniels Midland, State Farm and John Deere

Major Requirements

Required Courses - 28 hrs.

  • ATG 201 Accounting Principles—Accounting Techniques - 1 hr.
  • ATG 268 Business Ethics - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 301 Intermediate Accounting I - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 302 Intermediate Accounting II - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 314 Cost Accounting - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 383 Accounting Systems and Control - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 401 Advanced Accounting I - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 457 Auditing - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 477 Federal Taxes I - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • ATG 426 Fraud Examination - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 430 Professional Interviewing Skills - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 447 Internal Auditing - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 448 Computer Assisted Audit Techniques - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 461 International Accounting Issues - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 485 Special Topics in Accounting - 1-3 hrs.
  • BLW 345 Law of Business - 3 hrs.

Additional Requirements

  • ENG 306 Business Communications - 3 hrs. (fulfills W2 Core Curriculum)
  • A minimum of 9 semester hours of upper-level accounting course work in residence.

Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in all accounting courses beyond ATG 157, 158 and 201.