ABOUT THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING DEGREE
Why Study Accounting at Cedarville?
Cedarville’s distinctly Christian accounting program will prepare you for a career in public or corporate accounting. 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!Request Info Visit
What Sets Cedarville Apart?
Biblical WorldviewThe Bible is the authority for research and study in every class you'll take.
Mentoring Christian FacultyYou'll be taught by highly-credentialed professors who want you to succeed.
Top Placement RatesOur graduates achieve top career and grad school placement rates — 10% above the national average.
Comprehensive – You will be introduced to each of the major divisions of accounting: financial, managerial, auditing, tax, governmental and nonprofit, and accounting information systems.
Christ-focused – With biblical integration in every course, you will be challenged to be a successful accountant and 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 regularly ranks high 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 many other states.
We’re proud of our successful graduates! 96.9% of recent graduates from the School of Business Administration were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
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!
What Can I Do With a Degree in Accounting?
With a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Cedarville University, you will be prepared for careers such as:
- Budget analyst
- FBI agent
- Financial analyst
- Internal auditor
- IRS agent
- Management consultant
- Tax adviser
In addition to the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, your courses will prepare you for other certifications such as 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, Plante Moran, Crowe, Clark, Schaeffer, Hackett, CPAs, and Batts, Morrison, Wales and Lee, as well as major corporations including Progressive Insurance, JPMorgan Chase, and LexisNexis.
Alumni Outcomes: Corbin and Sheila Edmonds – New York, New York
Alumni Corbin and Sheila Edmonds are using their Cedarville degrees to make a Gospel impact in New York City.
Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom
As an accounting major, you will have the following co-curricular opportunities:
Internships — Internships give you real-world experience in the accounting field. Our students have gained valuable experience in internships at CPA firms, major corporations, and small businesses.
Integrated Business Core (IBC) — Recognized by The Washington Post, this two-semester program allows you to integrate classroom learning with practical business experience. As part of a team, you will 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:
- The Accounting Society — This organization, open to all accounting majors, provides opportunity for career exploration and networking with business professionals.
- 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.
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 certification exams (e.g., CPA, CMA) 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
Program Format and Related Programs
Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.
From Our Students:
James Barber, a 2021 Cedarville University graduate in accounting, has been changed in the way he views leadership by the servant-leader example of Christ.
Out of nearly 75,000 individuals, only 137 candidates met the criteria for the Elijah Watts Sells Award in 2019.