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.

Outcomes

The average starting salary for a 2014-15 Creighton graduate 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.

Recent Job Placements

  • Bank of America
  • Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies
  • Cargill, Inc.
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Deloitte
  • Encana Oil and Gas
  • Ernst & Young
  • Gavilon
  • KPMG
  • McGladrey & Pullen
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Northern Trust
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Union Pacific

What You'll Learn

  • 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.

Curriculum

Student Organizations

  • 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.

Internships

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.

Admissions Requirements

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.

Current students, complete the Fileaccounting major application

Future students, learn more about general admission requirements at Creighton University or learn about how to transfer credits to Creighton.

Tuition & Scholarships

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