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Accounting

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)

Minor

Accounting is the language of business and a challenging and rewarding discipline. Accountants provide vital information, analysis and insight about the value and performance of organizations to executives, managers, investors and other decision-makers.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in accounting provides a solid foundation for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and career opportunities in corporate accounting, auditing and taxation, and management of business, government and nonprofit organizations. Those interested in accounting principles may pursue a minor. Study abroad opportunities are also available. Students may choose to continue their education with the Master of Science in Accounting, or the specialized Master of Science in Taxation degrees offered by the Seidman College of Business.

Coursework

In addition to courses covering each functional area of business, the accounting program covers the following topics:

  • Financial accounting
  • Managerial and cost accounting
  • Accounting ethics
  • External and internal auditing
  • Taxation
  • Accounting information systems

Career Options

A Seidman accounting degree provides a great deal of flexibility in career choice and career progression. Students may begin their careers as auditors, staff accountants, financial analysts, or consulting. Accountants may progress in their careers to specializations within accounting and business, middle management, and eventually to executive roles such as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and/or Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Why Study Accounting at Grand Valley?

  • Exceptional CPA exam pass rates.
  • On-campus recruitment by Big-4, regional and local public accounting firms as well as major corporations.
  • A substantial internship and full-time employment recruiting process with over 600 on-campus interviews annually.
  • Highly engaged faculty who are committed to student success, and recognized as experts in their field.
  • Preparation for the CPA and other professional accounting and auditing exams such as the Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Information Systems Auditor.
  • Networking through student organizations such as Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting Honorary Society), the Institute of Management Accountants, and the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • Accounting internships are highly compensated relative to internships in other fields.
  • Professional development and networking opportunities as well as an alumni-based mentorship program.

Quotes

“Understanding the basic foundations of accounting really helped accelerate my career.”

KYLE CROCKETT
ACCOUNTING ALUMNUS MICHIGAN 2002 CPA EXAM GOLD MEDALIST

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