ACCOUNTING - MAJOR AND MINOR
VSB’s Accounting programs are designed to prepare you for careers in professional accounting firms, including auditing, fraud, consulting, and taxation; corporations, including rotation programs with responsibilities in financial reporting, corporate finance, operations, forecasting, internal audit, etc.; government organizations, including those that involve forensics and investigation; and other professional groups. With nearly 100% of Accounting majors finding full-time placement by graduation, VSB Accounting students are prepared and well-positioned for a rewarding career in accounting, finance and elsewhere.
To earn an accounting major, students must complete the university core curriculum, the business core curriculum, along with all four required accounting courses plus two accounting elective courses. A major in Accounting leads to a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration.
PREPARING FOR THE CPA
The requirements for becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) differ by state but most include completing 150 credit hours at a college/university, passing the Uniform CPA Exam, and obtaining a specific amount of professional work experience. Today, most professional accounting firms require the completion of 150 credit hours prior to employment.
Many students earn their 150 credit hours by completing both an undergraduate and graduate degree; our two accounting graduate degrees include the Master of Accounting with Data Analytics (MAC) and Master of Business Taxation with Data Analytics (MBT). Students can earn both degrees over the course of four, four and a half, or five years. Alternatively, some students fulfill the 150 credit hours by overloading classes as undergraduates during the fall and spring semesters and/or by taking summer classes. Please contact your academic advisor and/or the accounting department for more information and guidance on earning 150 credit hours.
You can view professional licensure disclosures provided by the university which goes into further detail regarding CPA requirements.
A minor in Accounting will supplement almost any business degree. For example, many students pair an accounting minor with majors in Finance or Management Information Systems as jobs in these fields routinely engage with accounting.
To earn an accounting minor, students must complete the university core curriculum, the business core curriculum, your major requirements, along with two of the required Accounting courses plus one elective course.
Note: Class #2025 and beyond, all VSB minors, including the ACC minor, require three unique courses to complete the minor requirements.
Graduate Accounting Programs
Jump-start your career with an advanced degree. Our graduate accounting programs offer the specialized skills in data, analytics and technology that employers are seeking. Click to learn more about our Master of Accounting with Data Analytics and Master of Business Taxation with Data Analytics.
The Clay Center offers comprehensive information to help you know what is needed to pursue your degree at VSB.