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About the Program

Within the Gainey School of Business, the accounting program offers a four-year degree that prepares students for many entry-level accountant positions. Students completing the program will have the necessary educational requirements for the Certified Management Accounting (CMA), the Certified Internal Auditing (CIA) and the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examinations.

Students will develop effective skills, including communication, logic, critical thinking and leadership, and demonstrate a strong intellectual capacity. Students are also encouraged to take additional courses in mathematics, especially calculus.

Why should you choose the accounting program?

  • Our graduates consistently find meaningful employment in the accountancy profession within six months of graduation. We maintain strong relationships with regional CPA firms that believe in the quality of SAU graduates.
  • In recent years, 95-100 percent job placement rates for accounting graduates were reported.
  • Built on the foundation of a biblical worldview, our program stresses the importance of integrity, ethics and content knowledge.
  • Our broad-based curriculum provides the best foundation for a student to excel in accountancy or other business-related fields.
  • With our low student-to-faculty ratio, you’ll receive a personalized, quality education that makes learning easier and more stimulating.
  • Students are well prepared to successfully pass the CPA exam.

Meet the Faculty

Courses, Course Descriptions & Four-Year Plan

The courses for this 58-hour major include such subject areas as:

  • ACC 221 Principles of Accounting I
  • ACC 222 Principles of Accounting II
  • ACC 314 Cost and Managerial Accounting Theory
  • ACC 317 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 318 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC 341 Cost and Managerial Accounting Practice
  • ACC 360 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 391 Individual Taxation
  • ACC 392 Organizational Taxation
  • ACC 404 Fund Accounting
  • ACC 442 Auditing Principles I
  • ACC 443 Auditing Principles II
  • ACC 447 Advanced Accounting

View the course requirements and layout, course descriptions, a sample four-year plan, as well as learn more about the program at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate course catalog

Career Opportunities

This program is a proven entity. Our students and graduates complete the CPA exam with a high rate of success. Several students have also gone on to earn master’s degrees in accounting or taxation in recent years.

So, considering becoming an accountant? Accountants are trusted business advisers and an education in accountancy can lead to a highly respected and rewarding career. Accountants routinely earn incomes that are in the top five percent of the community in which they live. If you elect to major in accounting, you may prepare yourself for a variety of careers in accountancy in the areas of:

  • public accounting (auditing, taxation and consulting)
  • private/industrial accounting (financial and cost accounting)
  • governmental/nonprofit accounting (fund accounting)
  • forensic accounting (investigative accounting)
  • high demand by government agencies such as the IRS, FBI and CIA
  • Banking
  • Consulting
  • Small business ownership

In addition, this program provides an excellent undergraduate background for a law degree. Graduates are also prepared for advanced study in accountancy, leading to career opportunities in education in accountancy. To learn more about how Spring Arbor helps its graduates prepare for a career, visit our career development page.

On-Campus Opportunities

Etiquette Dinner (event) – As students look to graduation, they are invited to participate in the Etiquette Dinner that happens every February, where an expert leads students through a formal dinner, instructing them on the dos and don’ts of dining in a professional setting. This is a service offered through the career development office. See a full list of the various activities and organizations available to students at Spring Arbor University.