Accounting: BS, BA
USU’s School of Accountancy has achieved national recognition as one of the few schools worldwide to have been awarded special accounting accreditation by the prestigious AACSB International, it is a member of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy, and it consistently delivers outstanding results on job placement upon graduation.
Accountants communicate financial information about a business to shareholders, managers, and others. More than half of America’s accounting students are female, partly because technology enables many accountants to maintain a flexible schedule while working from home. It is a future-focused, family-friendly, and financially rewarding career choice.
There are many specialty areas within accounting:
- Public accounting involves providing audit, tax, and consulting services to the public. Public accounting generally requires one to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The CPA license in Utah requires a master’s degree. USU’s School of Accountancy has consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally for students who pass the CPA exam on their first try.
- Many accountants are privately employed by businesses or not-for-profit agencies, such as hospitals, universities, or charitable groups and work in product costing and pricing, budgeting, and the examination of investment alternatives.
- Internal auditors look at controls and procedures used by their employer.
- Accountants can also serve as in-house tax accountants, financial managers, etc.
The School of Accountancy provides opportunities for its students to be involved in many extracurricular activities. Its student organizations, Beta Alpha Psi, Institute of Management Accountants, and the Financial Planning Association, are recognized as top chapters nationally. These organizations provide students with multiple opportunities to explore the world of business and network with accounting professionals outside of the classroom. In addition, students can gain real-world experience through participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, where they provide income tax preparation services to individuals with low to moderate incomes.
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. Information about this degree is found in the USU catalog.
- BS - Logan, Beaver, Bicknell, Blanding (USU Eastern), Brigham City, Castle Dale, Cortez, Delta, Ephraim, Grantsville, Ignacio, Junction, Kanab, Milford, Moab, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley, Nephi, Panguitch, Park City, Price (USU Eastern), Richfield, Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Tooele, Tremonton, Vernal (Uintah Basin), Wendover
- BA - Logan, Beaver, Bicknell, Blanding (USU Eastern), Brigham City, Castle Dale, Cortez, Delta, Ephraim, Grantsville, Ignacio, Junction, Kanab, Milford, Moab, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley, Nephi, Panguitch, Park City, Price (USU Eastern), Richfield, Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Tooele, Tremonton, Vernal (Uintah Basin), Wendover
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
- Consulting services
- Information technology services
- Environmental accounting
- International accounting
- Tax and financial planning
Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.
In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the School of Accountancy has additional requirements:
- Freshmen: Incoming freshman may be admitted directly if they have an ACT composite score of 26 or higher and a high school GPA of 3.6 or higher.
- 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.
Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs
Beta Alpha Psi: USU's Beta Alpha Psi chapter is one of the top chapters in the nation, having received the Superior Chapter award each year since its inception in 1977. Beta Alpha Psi’s primary focus is on preparing students for careers in public accounting.
Financial Planning Association: This association is a pioneer in the emerging field of personal financial planning. USU's School of Accountancy has sponsored FPA to serve the needs of students interested in this growing and exciting discipline. This is the first student organization of its type at any university in the nation. FPA provides an educational opportunity to learn the intricacies and applications of complimentary professions.
Institute of Management Accountants: The IMA student chapter provides professional experiences in the area of management accounting. USU’s IMA chapter has been awarded the Gold Certificate of Excellence each year since 1995. This organization is primarily for students interested in careers outside public accounting, such as in industry, nonprofit organizations, governmental organizations, and business entrepreneurship.
Hunstman Scholar Program: This premier business program offers challenging academic experiences, participation in weekly meetings, opportunities to travel abroad and networking opportunities with program alumni.
Beta Gamma Sigma: BGS is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition an AACSB business student can receive.
Buehler Leadership Scholars: Buehler Leadership Scholars will learn to effectively articulate leadership narratives that reflect their life experiences, demonstrate a commitment to cultivate transformational leadership qualities and accelerate their preparation for leadership roles in the organizations and communities where they choose to serve.
Business Ambassadors: The Business Ambassadors are student representatives of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Each spring, business ambassadors are selected to assist the dean with hosting events attended by alumni and prominent business professionals. They are responsible for welcoming, giving campus tours, and helping recruit students to the Huntsman School of Business. They travel with the USU ambassadors to community colleges and other two-year institutions to recruit transfer students, to high schools to recruit new freshman, and they work with campus advisors to recruit undeclared students.
Business Council: The business council is a 16-18 person team under the direction of a business senator and a faculty advisor. Each of the members on the council has a direct relationship with a Huntsman club and works with the club to bring ideas and activities forward to benefit students.
Entrepreneurship Club: The Entrepreneurship Club teaches skills sets entrepreneurs need to be successful, provides access to resources, otherwise hard to find, teaches how to develop and refine business ideas (recognizing the difference between ideas and opportunities) and assists in building, and launching a sustainable successful company.
Future Business Leaders of America (Phi Beta Lambda): PBL is a nonprofit educational association of students preparing for careers in business. PBL’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
Global Learning Experience: The Global Learning Experience program provides the opportunity to visit foreign lands, where participants see global business in action and meet corporate executives.
Koch Scholars: Expand your critical thinking skills and connect with from various academic programs, while participating in weekly meetings to discuss selected books, movies and podcasts.
Leaders for Continuous Improvement: The Huntsman LCI provides students with experience and skills needed to get career placement before or upon graduation.
Partners In Business: Partners In Business is a student-run, non-profit organization sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. The program holds a series of professional business conferences featuring topics on operational excellence, accounting and leadership. Students are encouraged to attend and network with industry leaders, faculty and gain insight to improve business practices.
Small Enterprise Education and Development (SEED): The SEED Program provides a hands-on, once-in-a-lifetime learning experience while simultaneously educating people in developing economies in new business creation and development skills.
Society for the Advancement of Ethical Leadership: This club brings practical, real-world, hands-on, ethics and leadership training to students. Members participate in the Ethical Leadership Book Club, Ethics Leadership Day, and Partners in Business Ethical Leadership Seminar.
Society for International Business and Economic Development: SIBED focuses on the strategic role businesses play in the development of people and the communities where they live. This club focuses on expanding awareness of international opportunities for academic and professional development, developing knowledge and understanding of current issues in international business and development, and helping students become advocates for corporate and humanitarian social responsibility.
Women in Business Association: As a new organization on the Utah State University Campus, Women in Business Association represent women making a difference in business. This club is focused toward making essential networking contacts, recruiting and mentoring future women in business, and learning vital skills for the business world.
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.