The Accounting Program

As evidenced by the strong demand in recent years for SVC accounting graduates, the marketplace has clearly seen the value of an accounting degree. An undergraduate major in accounting offers a student not only the specific skills needed to begin a career in accounting, but also provides a broad overview of all areas of a business enterprise.
What Can I Do With a Degree in Accounting?

The McKenna School undergraduate curriculum in accounting offers a student not only the specific skills needed to begin a career in accounting, but also provides a broad overview of all areas of a business enterprise. Our accounting majors have the unique ability to enter the public accounting profession after completing their undergraduate studies.

  • Curriculum strengths include auditing, taxes, not-for-profit accounting, cost accounting, accounting information systems with SAP infusion and international accounting.
  • The McKenna School offers SAP Business One certification. SAP’s comprehensive business software suite is utilized by thousands of prominent world class companies such as Kennametal Inc., Heinz Corporation, KPMG, Latrobe Specialty Steel Co. and Siemens.

 

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Distinctive features of the McKenna School Accounting Major

  • Rankings: The McKenna business seniors score exceptionally well on the ETS national undergraduate business field test. Out of 563 accredited (i.e., ACBSP and AACSB) business schools, we ranked overall in the top 15% of the nation in 2016.
  • Our accounting job placements are exceptional. From the Class of 2015, 21 out of 21 (100%) are working in their field.
  • Students can complete the 150 credit hour requirement for the CPA in four years.
  • Students may join Women in Business, the Accounting Club, Pizza and Politics Club, the Finance Club, the OE Club and Delta Mu Delta (the national Greek honor society for business majors).
  • Attributable to our ACBSP accreditation, students receive in depth knowledge in 12 business core competency areas: Accounting, Management, Business Ethics, Marketing, Information Systems, Business Finance, the Legal Environment of Business, Statistics, Business Policies, Economics, Quantitative Skills and Global Dimensions in Business. 
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Accounting Major Requirements

All Accounting majors must take College and Business Core Classes.

College Core (48 credits)
TH 119 First Theology (freshmen year) - 3 credits
Theology (200 Level) - 3 credits
Theology (300 Level) - 3 credits
History (100 Level) - 3 credits
History (200 Level) - 3 credits
PL 101 1st Philosophy - 3 credits
Philosophy Elective (PL 215 Ethics suggested) - 3 credits
Natural Science with lab (see Bulletin) - 4 credits
Natural Science with lab (see Bulletin) - 4 credits
EL 102 Language and Rhetoric (freshmen year) - 3 credits
English Elective (Literature Course) - 3 credits
English Elective - 3 credits
Fine Arts (100 Level) - 3 credits
Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
First-Year Seminar (additional hour) - 1 credit    

Business Core (44 credits)
BA 100* Financial Accounting I (freshman year) - 3 credits
BA 170* Organizational Behavior (freshman year) - 3 credits
BA 220 Principles of Marketing (2nd semester freshman year) - 3 credits
BA 265 Management Information Systems (sophomore year) - 3 credits
BA 305 Business Ethics (junior year preferred) - 3 credits
BA 320 Corporate Finance I (sophomore year) - 3 credits
BA 340 Business Law (junior year) - 3 credits
BA 350 Statistics I (sophomore year) - 3 credits
BA 350A Excel Lab - 1 credit
BA 351 Statistics II (sophomore year) - 3 credits or
   EC 360 Econometrics (sophomore year) - 3 credits
BA 495 Business Policy and Strategy (senior year) - 3 credits
EC 101 Principles of Microeconomics (freshman year) - 3 credits
EC 102 Principles of Macroeconomics (freshman year) - 3 credits
PS 100* Principles of American Politics - 3 credits
MA 109/111* Calculus I (freshman year) - 4 credits

*Satisfies core curriculum requirements for mathematics and social sciences. 

Accounting Major Requirements (27 credits)**
BA 101 Financial Accounting II (freshman year) - 3 credits
BA 200 Intermediate Accounting I - 3 credits
BA 201 Intermediate Accounting II - 3 credits
BA 300 Cost Accounting I - 3 credits
BA 310 Taxes I - 3 credits
BA 405 Auditing - 3 credits
BA 470 International Accounting - 3 credits

Choose two courses from the following:
BA 301 Cost Accounting II - 3 credits
BA 311 Taxes II - 3 credits
BA 325 Analysis of Financial Statements - 3 credits
BA 400 Advanced Accounting - 3 credits
BA 406 Forensics Auditing - 3 credits
BA 420 Accounting Information Systems - 3 credits
BA 440 Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting - 3 credits

Additional courses
BA 304 SAP Financial and Accounting Applications - 2 credits
BA 312 Tax Lab - 1 credit

** Total credits required for the business administration accounting major is 70 credits. After completing this major and the college core, you will have 6 credits for electives. 

Accounting Minor: Required Courses 
BA 100 Financial Accounting I - 3 credits 
BA 101 Financial Accounting II - 3 credits
BA 200 Intermediate Accounting I - 3 credits 
BA 201 Intermediate Accounting II - 3 credits 

In addition to the above, choose any two of the following:
BA 150 Managerial Accounting - 3 credits or
     BA 300 Cost Accounting I - 3 credits
BA 301 Cost Accounting II - 3 credits 
BA 310 Taxes I - 3 credits 
BA 311 Taxes II - 3 credits
BA 325 Analysis of Financial Statements (Corporate Finance majors may not count this course) - 3 credits 
BA 400 Advanced Accounting - 3 credits 
BA 405 Auditing - 3 credits 
BA 406 Forensics Auditing - 3 credits 
BA 420 Accounting Information Systems - 3 credits 
BA 440 Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting - 3 credits
BA 470 International Accounting - 3 credits
 

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A Business Portfolio Must Be Completed Before Graduation 

Work to be included:

  • Business Ethics Paper written in BA 170 (First Year)
  • Updated Business Ethics Paper written in BA 305
  • Resume (Completed first year and updated each year.)
  • Experiential Project defined by major -- at least one
  • Information Systems Analysis Project
  • Oral Presentation from 300 level business class or above
  • Term paper written in 300 level business class or above
  • Optional: Professional Thesis  
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Accreditations and Affiliations
  • The McKenna School of Business has six programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). They are: Accounting, Business Education Information Technology, Finance, International Business, Management and Marketing. The Economics and Politics programs are not accredited through the ACBSP; however, all programs in the McKenna School have regional accreditation through the Middle States Association. The ACBSP is one of the two premier accrediting agencies for business schools worldwide. With a requirement for faculty professional development (e.g., publications and research) and courses primarily taught by faculty holding doctorates, the ACBSP is the leading business accreditation program devoted to teaching excellence and service to students.
  • The McKenna School is also a member of the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration.
Internships and Careers in Accounting
  • Our job placements are exceptional—almost 100% within three months of graduation. We also have exceptionally high pass rates on the CPA exam.
  • Outstanding job placements include:
    Bayer Corporation Kennametal Inc.
    Beard Miller Company KPMG
    Bechtel Maher Puessel
    Binkley Kanavy Group, LLC  Malin Berguist and Company
    BNY Mellon Matson, Criscoll and Damico
    Bombardier Transportation Pioneer SAB B1 
    Bononi & Company PNC Bank
    Calibre CPA Group  Price Waterhouse Coopers 
    Carpenters Combined Funds  S.R. Snodgrass 
    Deloitte and Touche  SAP America 
    Ernst & Young Schneider Downs CPA 
    GNC  Sisterson and Co.
    Grossman, Yanak and Ford  U.S. Department of Defense 
    Internal Revenue Service  U.S. Steel 
    Kelly, Sparberg and White Yount Hydes & Barbour
  • Job positions include:
    Accounting & Reporting Specialist Investment Fund Accountant
    Accounting Executive SAP Integration Specialist 
    Accounts Payable Specialist Staff Accounting
    Business Sales Specialist Staff Auditor 
    Cost Analyst  Tax Accontant 
    Derivatives Operations Specialist Tax Associate
    Financial Analyst   
  • Superior internships include:
    Arauolo in Spain, SAP B1 Hamill Manufacturing
    Bayer Corporations  Kennametal Inc. 
    BDO Pittsburgh CPA Firm Latrobe Specialty Steel 
    Binkley Kanavy Group, LLC  Malin Bergquist & Co. 
    Blissman & Co. McCory & McDowell 
    BNY Mellon  Mylan Pharmaceuticals 
    Deluzio & Co.  MWA in Arizona, SAP B1
    Ernst & Young PA State Attorney General's Office 
    First Commonwealth Bank  Westinghouse Electric Company 
    Grossman, Yanak and Ford   



  • Learning Objectives
    • Prepares students for positions in public accounting, industry, government or other accounting-related positions;
    • Prepares interested students for graduate study in business; and
    • Prepares students for further study leading to professional certification as a certified public accountant (CPA), certified management accountant (CMA) and other professional certifications.