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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Abington

Accounting


Penn State Abington (ACCAB)
Penn State Berks (ACCBL)

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JANE KOCHANOV, Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Business Administration

This major helps students prepare for careers in auditing and public accounting, industrial and managerial accounting, and in governmental and not-for-profit accounting. It also provides a sound background for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in accounting or related fields. Students who complete the prescribed courses and earn a Bachelor of Science degree will satisfy the academic requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Graduates may also elect to pursue other professional certifications, including Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).

For a B.S. in Accounting a minimum of 120 credits is required. Consistent with Senate policy, at least 24 credits of course work in the major and the capstone course must be completed in the respective College to earn the degree.  No more than 60 credits should be from business and business-related courses.

Students wishing to fulfill the 150 credit-hour education option to become a CPA in Pennsylvania (which reduces the experience requirement for certification) are encouraged to enter Capital College's Master of Professional Accounting program, or the Master of Business Administration program, or the Master of Science in Information Systems program subsequent to receiving their undergraduate accounting degree.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Accounting major requires the completion of 8 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211(4)[1]; ECON 102 GS(3); ENGL 015 GWS(3)[1] or ENGL 030 GWS(3)[1]; FIN 301(3); MATH 110 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1]; MGMT 301(3); MKTG 301(3); SCM 200 GQ(4)[1] or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1]; and a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education Course Requirements in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 8 credits of non-business courses

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 79 credits
(This includes 12 credits of General Education Courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (55 credits)
ACCTG 211(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
ECON 102 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ENGL 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
FIN 301(3), MKTG 301(3), MGMT 301(3) (Sem: 1-4)
BA 364 US;IL(3), BA 462(3)[1], MIS 390(3), SCM 301(3) (Sem: 5-8)
ECON 104 GS(3), MIS 204(3) (Sem: 5-8)
ACCTG 310(3)[1], ACCTG 340(3)[1], ACCTG 403(3)[1], ACCTG 471(3)[1], ACCTG 472(3)[1], ACCTG 473(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 4 credits from MATH 110 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
Select 4 credits from SCM 200 GQ(4)[1] or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
BA 243(4) or BA 241(2) and BA 242(2) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 6 credits[1] from the following: ACCTG 410(3), ACCTG 431(3), ACCTG 432(3), ACCTG 440(3), ACCTG 461 IL(3), ACCTG 462(3), ACCTG 463(3), ACCTG 489(3), ACCTG 494(1-12), ACCTG 496(1-18), ACCTG 497(1-9) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from 200-400 level business courses from: ACCTG, BA, ECON, FIN, MGMT, MIS, MKTG, or SCM in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests. (Sem: 3-8)

Integrated B.S. in Accounting and M.B.A. in Business Administration

The School of Business Administration offers a limited number of academically superior Bachelor of Science in Accounting candidates the opportunity to enroll in an integrated, continuous program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Science in Accounting and the Master of Business Administration. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the students to earn both degrees in five years. Specifically, as many as twelve of the credits required for the master's degree may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Program reduces the total number of credits needed to earn both degrees from 150 to 138.

Students in the IUG program must satisfy the requirements for both the Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Business Administration degrees. The total course load is reduced due to courses that can count towards both degrees. The first two years of the IUG program are identical to the first two years of the Bachelor of Science program. Students in the IUG program take six additional credits in their third year, and six fewer credits in their fourth year. The courses that count toward the Master of Business Administration degree requirements are included in the fourth year.

Student performance will be monitored on an on-going basis. In addition, a formal evaluation of student academic performance will be performed when the students have completed 100 to 105 credits, which is at the end of the first semester of the senior year for typical students in the program. Students who have not maintained a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses will be put on probationary status with respect to the IUG program. They will receive a warning letter regarding probationary status. Their ability to continue in the IUG program will be based on their academic performance in the last semester of their senior year.

Students have the choice of receiving the B.S. in Accounting degree at the end of the fourth year or waiting until the end of the fifth year to receive both degrees. Students who elect to receive the B.S. degree at the end of the fourth year will pay graduate tuition for courses taken in the fifth year; students opting to receive both degrees at the end of the fifth year will pay undergraduate tuition for all five years.

If for any reason students admitted to the IUG program are unable to complete the requirements for the Master of Business Administration degree, the students will be permitted to receive the Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree assuming all the undergradaute degree requirements have been satisfactorily completed. If the students successfully complete courses listed in the recommended schedule, they will satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree by the end of their fourth year.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To initiate the application process, students must submit a resume, a personal statement including career goals and how MBA will enhance their career goals, transcripts of courses taken outside Penn State, two letters of recommendation, with at least one from the School of Business Administration faculty, and a plan of study that integrates both undergraduate and graduate requirements. A graduate faculty adviser in collaboration with the Director of the MBA Program will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for accpetance into the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program.

The number of openings in the IUG program is limited. Applicants to the IUG program must have completed a minimum of 60 credits. Typical students would apply after completing between 60 and 90 credits, that is, after the fifth semester and efore the end of the seventh semester. In addition, the applicants must earn a minimum of cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and complete the following Entry to Major courses or equivalent: ACCTG 211(4), ECON 102(3), ENGL 15 or 30(3), FIN 301(3), MATH 110 or 140(3), MGMT 301(3), MKTG 301(3) and STAT 200(4) or SCM 200(4).

To formally apply, students must submit a completed graduate school application. The students should mention in the notes section that the application is for the IUG program in Business Administration. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission into the program; however, if students are interested in applying for a graduate assistantship, GMAT or GRE scores must be submitted by the end of the eighth semester.

Student applications will be evaluated based on their overall portfolio, in addition to the above requirements. In all cases, admission to the program will be at the discretion of the Graduate Admission Committee in Business Administration.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Students in the IUG program must satisfy the degree requirements for both Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Business Administration degrees. The total course load is reduced due to the maximum of 12 credits that can count towards both degrees. All courses counted for both degrees must be at the 500- or 800-level.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Reviewed by the Department: Fall Semester 2017

Blue Sheet Item #:46-01-066

Review Date: 8/22/2017

UCA Revision #1: 8/2/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07

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