College/SchoolSchool of Business
DepartmentDepartment of Accountancy
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
Accountancy at SIUE
At SIUE, the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA) degree provides a solid foundation for all of the various accounting careers. As one of the few accountancy programs in the country accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), we are committed to maintaining the highest quality faculty and providing a wide array of learning experiences for our students. Opportunities are provided to students to help them transition into the accounting profession through student organizations, internships, voluntary income tax assistance program and international programs. At SIUE, interactive and rigorous classes focus on developing proficiencies in technical accounting, as well as current technology and communication skills. Our students participate in a senior assignment where they research recent accounting issues, which is unique to SIUE.
Graduates of the accountancy program are well prepared to become business professionals who understand the environment in which business operates and can analyze how business operations are impacted by economic, social, political and legal environments. Most of our students aspire to become certified public accountants (CPAs), which requires 150 hours of college credit. With this in mind, our Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program is designed to seamlessly complete the additional 30 hours beyond the 120 hours required for the BSA degree. For those students who have at least 150 hours upon completing their BSA, our undergraduate curriculum meets all the requirements to sit for the CPA exam in most states.
For individuals not seeking the CPA certification, the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy program provides the education required for many careers in the accounting discipline, including financial reporting, internal auditing, tax accounting, managerial accounting and not-for-profit accounting. Students will also be prepared for appropriate professional certifications within these segments of accounting, such as a certified management accountant or a certified internal auditor. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that growth through 2022 for careers in accounting is expected at 13 percent or higher, depending on the specialization.