Accounting (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration)
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When you pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from Creighton and choose to concentrate in accounting, you’ll develop a conceptual understanding of accounting and its unique competencies. Accountants are evolving from financial historians to the most trusted of business advisors—from tax return preparers to tax consultants, and from reactionary overseers of data to proactive developers of information for business decision making.
Our bachelor’s in accounting will enable you to comprehend the underlying concepts of accounting theory and apply accounting to business problems. Creighton’s accounting program will prepare you for leadership in the community, graduate school and careers in governmental, managerial or public accounting and teaching.
Many accountants choose to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to enhance their job prospects or to gain clients. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) offers the CPA exam. After passing the exam, CPAs must then obtain a license from their state’s board of accountancy.
The average starting salary for 2017 Creighton graduates in accounting was $50,000. Many nationally recognized firms recruit students from Creighton’s accounting program and place them in locations around the world. While the majority of services offered by accounting in public practice consists of auditing services, the recent growth fields of this practice area include tax and business consulting, business valuations, litigation support, forensic accounting, fraud examination and other services.
Accelerated Master of Accounting (MAC) Program
Students in the Heider College of Business will now be able to earn two degrees in just four years — a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Accounting.
Students in the Accelerated Master of Accounting program will have the opportunity to:
- Earn both a BSBA and Master of Accounting degree in four years, in addition to completing the 150 hours required to sit for the CPA exam
- Complete a full-time internship for credit during the spring semester of junior year and gain real-world experience at a public accounting firm during busy (tax) season
- Receive one-on-one advising from an accounting faculty member, who will help students create an individualized four-year plan, and will support each student’s success on this expedited path
- Join a freshman seminar (RSP) with other students working towards the Accelerated MAC, led by a faculty advisor from the Accounting Department
Note: While the application for the Master’s portion of the program is typically not completed until a student’s third year at Creighton, students need to indicate interest in the program as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate courses are taken to stay on track for the Accelerated MAC.
For more information regarding the Accelerated Master of Accounting, direct inquiries to Dan Feldhacker at danfeldhacker [at] creighton [dot] edu.
Real Professional Connections
When you become an accounting major you will have direct access to a number of professional accounting organizations who offer student affiliate memberships at no cost or a reduced rate for Creighton Students.
Nebraska Society of CPAs
An affiliate membership of the Nebraska Society of CPAs will help you meet the challenges and seize the opportunities within the CPA profession. Creighton University accounting students can join the Nebraska Society of CPAs at no cost.
American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
Being an affiliate member of the AICPA means you’re connected to a national professional network of CPAs that is over 400,000 strong.
- The functions of accounting and the underlying concepts of accounting theory
- How to apply accounting knowledge to business problems
- The sub-fields of accounting, such as tax, accounting systems, etc.
- Beta Alpha Psi: Accounting
Beta Alpha Psi recognizes academic excellence and complements members’ formal education by providing interaction among students, faculty and professionals and fosters lifelong growth, service and ethical conduct.
- Alpha Kappa Psi: Business
Alpha Kappa Psi is the oldest and largest business fraternity. Become a part of a group that develops well-trained, ethical, skilled, resourceful, experienced business leaders.
- CU Heider Business Senate
The Creighton University Heider Business Senate is a liaison between the student body and the administration of the Heider College of Business. The Senate promotes the mission and values of the Heider College of Business through various projects.
- Beta Gamma Sigma: Business
This society encourages and rewards scholarship and accomplishment among students of commerce and business administration. Beta Gamma Sigma promotes the advancement of education in the art and science of business and fosters integrity in the conduct of business activities.
Business Career Programs
We take your success seriously at Creighton. So seriously that we have designed our Career Portfolio Program around your success as both a student and a professional. Our integrated philosophy of incorporating a balanced, hands-on learning experience with emphasis on ethics and service to others means that as a Creighton graduate, you will have the freedom, conscience, commitment and opportunity to do the right thing extremely well.
More than 90% of business students complete at least one internship during their college career. Internships are an excellent way to “sample” jobs that might become your career focus. Interns gain real world skills that strengthen their qualifications and give them a competitive edge when applying for full-time jobs later.
Admission to the accounting program requires junior standing, a cumulative overall grade point average of 2.5 or better, no grade lower than “C” in 200-level accounting courses, and/or permission of the department chair. A student whose performance has been marginal or who has not completed enough courses at Creighton to provide a basis for judgment may be accepted with probationary status or deferred until the probability of successfully completing the program can be determined. Retention in the program is conditional upon demonstrating competence in upper division accounting courses.
Obtaining the CPA license is a two step process involving education and experience. The accounting programs within the Heider College of Business meet the statutory and regulatory education requirements to sit for the CPA examination in the State of Nebraska, and through advising, the specific educational requirements to sit for the CPA examination imposed by the remaining 54 jurisdictions that oversee the practice of public accounting. Licensure as a CPA following completion of the CPA examination depends upon meeting varying amounts of supervised experience as stipulated by each of the 55 jurisdictions. In some states licensure also requires additional educational requirements beyond those needed to sit for the CPA exam. In those situations, the accounting programs within the Heider College, through advising, meet those additional expectations.