Professional Studies in Accounting

College of Professional Studies

Location: Grand Island, Lincoln
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The Bachelor of Arts in Accounting major is designed to provide students with educational opportunities to develop a solid foundation in accounting and financial practices and to provide additional coursework required for persons who wish to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

Accountants are responsible for an organization's financial records. Most accountants work in specialized areas with duties that vary based on the type or organization or industry they are employed in. They may be charged with general accounting tasks such as maintaining and examining financial statements, performing budget work to help organizations run more efficiently, maintain financial systems, handling accounts payable and receivable, and preparing tax returns.

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. In general, employment growth of accountants and auditors is expected to be closely tied to the health of the overall economy. Globalization, a growing economy, and a complex tax and regulatory environment are expected to continue to lead to strong demand for accountants and auditors.


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Classes are offered to fit an adult learner’s needs! Courses are typically offered in 8-week terms to provide flexibility and to help make an adult student’s already full schedule more manageable and attainable. Online classes are completed fully online while on-campus evening courses meet once per week for each course.

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Undergraduate students have the opportunity to document their prior learning from work/life experiences through a portfolio option. This gives students the ability to showcase their experiences by connecting their work/life experiences to the outcomes of formal education and curriculum. Portfolios are assessed and evaluated to allow as many as 30 credits to be earned and applied toward a degree program.

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Program Information

Accountants and Auditors
2018 Median Pay: $70,500 per year
Job Outlook: 10% from 2016-2026
Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records. They ensure that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants and auditors assess financial operations and work to help ensure that organizations run efficiently.

Cost Estimators
2018 Median Pay: $64,040 per year
Job Outlook: 11% from 2016-2026
Cost estimators collect and analyze data to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor required to manufacture a product, construct a building, or provide a service. They generally specialize in a particular product or industry.

Financial Analysts
2018 Median Pay: $85,660 per year
Job Outlook: 11% from 2016-2026
Financial analysts guide businesses and individuals, making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.

Management Analysts
2018 Median Pay: $83,610 per year
Job Outlook: 14% from 2016-2026
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

Personal Financial Advisors
2018 Median Pay: $88,890 per year
Job Outlook: 15% from 2016-2026
Personal financial advisors provide advice on investments, insurance, mortgages, college savings, estate planning, taxes, and retirement to help individuals manage their finances.

Financial Manager
2018 Median Pay: $127,990 per year
Job Outlook: 19% from 2016-2026
Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.


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Requirements for the Professional Studies in Accounting Major:


The Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy specifically mandates the completion of 150 college credits and outlines the required course content that must be included in those credits for persons who wish to sit for the CPA examination. The 150 credits may all be completed at the undergraduate level or may be a combination of undergraduate and graduate credits. To satisfy the requirements, students need to complete the major requirements listed above and the following courses: ACC 411, ACC 415, and ACC 435.  Additional course recommendations to reach the 150 credit hour requirement include BUS 353, CMS 316, or additional 300/400 level Business course. 

Note to Transfer Students:

"Credits earned at a non-four-year institution shall NOT be considered as acceptable in meeting the educational requirement for the CPA examination unless those hours have been accepted for purposes of a degree by a four-year college or university, as defined in Title 288-Chapter 9-001 and 9-002." (Title 288, Nebraska Administrative Code, Revised and Substituted Rules of the Board). Thus, only those credits completed at a two-year institution and accepted in transfer by the four-year institution may be used to satisfy the educational requirement for the CPA examination.
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