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Bachelor of Arts in Accounting

About the B.A. in Accounting Degree

Cedarville’s distinctly Christian accounting degree will prepare you for a career in private, public, or corporate accounting. But more than just preparing for a job, at Cedarville you will discover how to make a Gospel impact through your vocation, wherever God leads you.

Accounting has always been an invaluable part of the business world. It is often referred to as "the language of business" because accountants communicate complex financial information to business decision-makers. Accountants help companies analyze past activities, forecast future operations, measure performance, track expenses, and provide internal controls to prevent fraud or theft. It is an exciting field, and Cedarville can help you get there!

Accounting Program Highlights

Comprehensive — You will be introduced to each of the major divisions of the accounting discipline: financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, tax accounting, governmental and nonprofit accounting, accounting information systems, and management consulting.

Christ-focused — With biblical integration in every course, you will be challenged to not only be a successful accountant, but an ethical professional who uses your vocation to glorify God. You will also be challenged to use your business skills and knowledge as a pathway to serve individuals, churches, and nonprofit organizations.

Accomplished — As a Cedarville accounting major, you will be part of a program that has regularly ranked first among Ohio universities for the first-time pass rate on the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. The accounting major provides the courses necessary to meet the requirements to take the CPA exam in Ohio and other states.

Outcomes for Accounting Majors

What can you do with an accounting degree? With a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Cedarville University, you will be prepared for careers such as:

  • Auditor
  • Budget analyst
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Controller
  • FBI agent
  • Financial analyst
  • Internal auditor
  • IRS agent
  • Tax adviser

You will be prepared to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and have classes useful for other professional certifications including the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam and the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam.

Our graduates have found professional employment working at CPA firms including EY, Deloitte, KPMG, Grant Thornton, BMWL, Plante Moran, and Crowe Horwath as well as at major corporations including Progressive Insurance, JPMorgan Chase, LexisNexis, Penguin Random House, and others.

Opportunities for Accounting Majors

As an accounting major, you will have the following cocurricular opportunities:

Internships — Internships give our students real-world experience in the accounting field. Our students have gained valuable experience in internships at CPA firms including EY, Deloitte, Plante Moran, and major corporations including Progressive Insurance, Speedway, JPMorgan Chase, LexisNexis, Penguin Random House, and others.

Integrated Business Core (IBC) — Recognized by The Washington Post, this two-semester program allows students to integrate classroom learning with practical business experience. As part of a team, you’ll develop a business plan, obtain financing, market and sell a product, and donate your profits to a local charity.

Student Organizations — Students can choose to participate in business-related student organizations:

  • Enactus — Enactus is an organization that provides our students the opportunity to make a difference, develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise.
  • Student Leadership Team (SLT) — The SLT serves the School of Business Administration by building community among students and faculty, fostering relationships, and planning and executing events and programs.
  • Women in Business — Women in Business is an organization dedicated to helping women in professions learn more about reaching goals in careers, at home, and in service.

Student Entrepreneurship

Chase Summerlin shares his experiences leading a team of student entrepreneurs who started a real company with real business investors as part of the IBC program.

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Cedarville Named Best School for Business Majors in Miami Valley

Cedarville's School of Business ranked among top ten programs in Ohio.

Business Administration

Cedarville's School of Business teaches business through a biblical lens emphasizing excellence, stewardship, leadership, and Kingdom influence.

Members of Cedarville's Integrated Business Core

School of Business Gets National Attention

Read a recent article that highlights the Integrated Business Core (affectionately known as the IBC), a course that gives all Cedarville business majors the opportunity to envision a new business, secure venture capital, develop a strategic plan, market their product, analyze their profits, invest in the community, and close down the business -- all in one semester!

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 99% of 2016 graduates from the School of Business Administration were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Program Faculty

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Chuck Hartman, J.D.

Associate Professor of Business Law and Accounting

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Anne Rich, M.S., C.P.A.

Professor of Accounting

School of Business Administration

Accounting Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take challenging accounting courses that will provide the knowledge you need to be successful on the CPA exam. In financial accounting courses, you will gain understanding of complex accounting issues and learn the tools to analyze and interpret financial statements. In managerial accounting courses, you will learn how to help businesses use accounting information to make good business decisions.

  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Federal Income Tax
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