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Accounting Bachelor Degree (B.S.)

Accounting Bachelor Degree (B.S.)

Accounting at Messiah College

Prepare to become a Certified Public Accountant; enter the financial, corporate, personal or tax accounting field; or pursue auditing–all within a Christian perspective.

As a Messiah College accounting graduate, you will be in high demand by public accounting firms and national corporations, as well as small businesses. In fact, like more than 70 percent of our graduates, you may even find yourself accepting a job offer early in your senior year.

Accounting major distinctives
Career options for accounting majors
Internship opportunities for accounting majors

Why study accounting?

As an accounting major, you will develop competencies essential to maintaining, auditing and inspecting the financial records of individuals and businesses. You will also learn the skills necessary for preparing financial and tax reports. Just open the classified section of any newspaper and you'll find a long list of job opportunities for accountants. Nationwide, large corporations and public accounting firms, as well as small businesses and individuals, reflect this demand for trained accountants.

Practical Experience

During your time at Messiah, you will be encouraged to gain practical experience in off-campus settings. Through the Career and Professional Development Center, you may obtain internships and cooperative education experiences in businesses in the surrounding communities. These practical experiences, some of which are paid, provide you with opportunities to clarify career goals and enhance classroom learning.

Writing Integration

This major offers a distinctive program that incorporates the teaching of effective writing skills into the upper-level accounting course sequence. Evaluated for quality and content, assignments are typical of the kinds of writing required of students when they enter their profession. A single syllabus is used as students compile a portfolio of their writing which they continue working on throughout a four-course sequence. Feedback from students, alumni and recruiters reveals that this is a highly successful program.

Community Service

Messiah students provide a vital service and gain practical experience through participation in an Internal Revenue Service-sponsored program known as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA) program. Students prepare tax returns free of charge for low income, elderly and disadvantaged individuals.

The CPA exam

Messiah College gives you an edge as you prepare to take the four parts of the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam. A national average of 10 to 15 percent of students taking the CPA exam for the first time pass all four parts. In comparison, an average of 27 percent of Messiah College graduates pass all four parts of the CPA exam on their first try. Among the more than fifty schools in Pennsylvania that offer accounting programs, Messiah graduates have consistently ranked first or second in total parts passed on the CPA exam.

After graduation

All of the “Big Four” accounting firms recruit Messiah accounting graduates, and employers consistently report that Messiah College produces highly competent Christian accountants with the integrity, technical skills and writing ability needed in today’s demanding business environment.

The 150 Hour Accounting Education Requirement


Students in the accounting major program take a selection of courses that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.
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