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Accounting: BS, BA

Accounting

Skilled accounting graduates are in high demand as they play the vital role of communicating financial information about a business to shareholders, managers, and other decision makers. For this reason, the Utah State University School of Accountancy has developed a student-oriented teaching style in which accounting students will become experienced in financial management, business transaction tracking, financial reporting, audit, tax strategy, and information systems development. Through these academically rigorous courses, students will learn how to select and master particular accounting skill-sets that will result in rapid career growth upon graduation. Accounting is a future-focused, family-friendly, and financially rewarding career choice.

Degree options

  • Students will receive a BS by completing all required courses in their major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.
  • A dual major in accounting and economics is also available. Students meeting the requirements for the dual major can receive a BA or a BS. Talk to your academic advisor to find out more about completing a dual degree.

With a degree in accounting, students may pursue the following careers:

  • Public accountant - auditing, taxes, consulting (with graduate degree)
  • Finance officer
  • IRS agent
  • Assurance services
  • Forensic accounting
  • Auditor
  • Consulting services
  • Information technology services
  • Environmental accounting
  • International accounting
  • Tax and financial planning

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the School of Accountancy has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: Incoming freshmen may be admitted directly if they have a minimum 3.6 high school GPA combined with a minimum 26 ACT score/1240 SAT score.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions or students transferring from other USU majors may be admitted after they have earned 24 or more post-high school credits with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • Students not meeting the above conditions can still to apply. Admission is competitive based on available space. Students must fill out an application (available online), have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0, and must have completed certain prerequisite courses.

International students have additional admissions requirements.


Program Requirements

Although a study abroad experience is not required, it is strongly recommend because it helps students become more competitive in a global market. The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has its own study abroad program to help students get ahead globally.


Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Beta Alpha Psi (BAP): BAP is an international accounting honors society with a primary focus on service and professional development for students.

Financial Planning Association (FPA): The Financial Planning Association is sponsored by USU’s School of Accountancy. Students are exposed to exceptional speakers, providing experiences for hands-on learning, and developing lasting relationships with alumni.

Institute of Management Accountants (IMA): The IMA student chapter provides professional experiences in the area of management accounting. We provide excellent resources for students interested in managerial accounting careers. Opportunities include: networking, internships, and scholarships.


Huntsman Opportunities

Career Exploration Trips: Not sure what your dream job is? No worries; our career trips will get you out in the field so you can talk with our professional partners and explore different industries.

Global Learning Experiences: Global Learning Experiences can help you develop a global mindset and prepare for business that extends beyond borders.

Huntsman Scholar Program (Honors Program): An honors program built for students seeking academic rigor, enhanced critical thinking, and a professionally mentored approach to their Huntsman experience.

Small Enterprise Education and Development (SEED): This is as real as it gets! SEED is an international consulting internship where students teach basic business and finance principles to local entrepreneurs in the Philippines and Peru.


Labs, Centers, Research

With the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, USU offers students a wide range of opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. USU’s Honors Program prepares students for excellent graduate programs by helping them build relationships with professors, participate in research projects, take smaller, more intensive classes, and develop leadership skills.

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