The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16% increase in job openings for accountants by the year 2016. The field is evolving and the demand is high for individuals with knowledge in accounting principles and their use in business processes. Now is the time to start building your capability in this exciting field. By pursuing a business degree with a concentration in accounting, you will learn the complex financial concepts, skills, and technology necessary to be a successful accountant.
An accounting minor is also available.
In Reinhardt’s Accounting concentration, you’ll learn from faculty members with extensive accounting experience in private practice and in corporate accounting for a Fortune 50 company. Classes are small, so you will get to know your classmates and faculty personally. You can also expect one-on-one help if you ever need it.
Another distinguishing characteristic of Reinhardt’s accounting program is the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. Supervised by one of our instructors, you and a team of your peers actually complete personal income tax forms and keep the books of a small company, so you graduate with experience you can not typically gain at other colleges.
Finally, our graduates are academically prepared. Three recent graduates have attended Kennesaw State University’s Master of Accountancy program. Two recent graduates have passed the CPA exam, and one graduate passed all four parts in her first attempt, a feat accomplished by very few. Visit the accounting faculty and get to know us.
- Most accounting jobs require at least a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field.
- Opportunities will be best for jobseekers who have a master's degree, obtain certification or licensure or who are proficient in the use of accounting and auditing computer software.
- Faster-than-average growth of accountant and auditor jobs will result from an increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and regulations, and greater scrutiny of company finances.
- Employers increasingly seek applicants with strong interpersonal and communication skills. Many accountants work on teams with others who have different backgrounds, so they must be able to communicate accounting and financial information clearly and concisely.
Accountants and auditors held about 1.3 million jobs in 2006. They worked throughout private industry and government, but 21 percent of wage and salary accountants worked for accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services firms. Approximately 10 percent of accountants or auditors were self-employed.
Many management accountants, internal auditors, or government accountants and auditors are not CPAs; however, a large number are licensed CPAs. Most accountants and auditors work in urban areas, where public accounting firms and central or regional offices of businesses are concentrated.
Some individuals with backgrounds in accounting and auditing are full-time college and university faculty; others teach part-time while working as self-employed accountants or as accountants for private industry or government.
In addition to openings from job growth, the need to replace accountants and auditors who retire or transfer to other occupations will produce numerous job openings in this large occupation.
For more information on management positions in specific fields, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
Accounting: Business Core (36 credit hours)
100-200 Business Core (15 credit hours)
BUS 105 Basic Computer Applications
BUS 201 Principles of Accounting I - Financial
BUS 202 Principles of Accounting II - Managerial
BUS 205 Principles of Economics - Micro
BUS 206 Principles of Economics - Macro
300-400 Business Core (21 credit hours)
BUS 300 Business Communication
BUS 301 Principles of Management
BUS 302 Principles of Marketing
BUS 303 Principles of Finance
BUS 330 Statistics for Business Problem-Solving
BUS 460 Strategic Management
Accounting: Concentration (27 credit hours)
BUS 371 Financial Accounting I
BUS 372 Financial Accounting II
BUS 378 Accounting Information System
BUS 471 Cost Accounting
BUS 274 Income Tax Accounting for Individuals
BUS 477 Auditing
BUS 478 Advanced Accounting
BUS 4XX Taxation of Business Entities
BUS 3XX Governmental Accounting
Major Curriculum: 36 credit hours
General Education Curriculum: 48-50 credit hours
General Electives: 9 credit hours
Total Credit Hours Required in Degree: 120-122 credit hours