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BS in Accounting - Public and General Accountancy

Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Accounting program with a Public Accountancy concentration provides students with an opportunity to develop auditing and tax consulting skills. Learn more about the program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Public Accountancy

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements:

Those interested in this program should have sound foundational knowledge in accounting and financial topics. They should also be comfortable with numbers and have strong problem-solving skills. The minimum requirements for admittance into the program include a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global's online Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a Public Accountancy concentration combines a basic education in accounting principles with intermediate and advanced study in specific areas of accounting, such as auditing and corporate tax. Program coursework addresses corporate accounting topics such as pensions and tax contributions, auditing processes and responsibilities, business tax planning, and accounting techniques for fraud investigation and prevention. Students will also learn advanced tax practices including taxes for corporate clients.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

180 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for an Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a Concentration in Public Accountancy:

Fundamental business topics in finance, accounting business management, and operations are core to this program's coursework. In the public accountancy concentration, students will have courses covering advanced taxing concepts including auditing and forensic accounting. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Public Accountancy Specialization (24 credits)

  • AC 302: Intermediate Accounting III
  • AC 410: Auditing
  • AC 430: Advanced Tax - Corporate
  • AC 465: Advanced Forensic Accounting

Major Requirements (99 credits)

  • AC 114: Accounting I
  • AC 116: Accounting II
  • AC 239: Managerial Accounting
  • AC 256: Federal Tax
  • BU 224: Microeconomics
  • MM 255: Business Math and Statistical Measures
  • MT 140: Introduction to Management
  • MT 217: Finance
  • MT 219: Marketing
  • AC 300: Intermediate Accounting I
  • AC 301: Intermediate Accounting II
  • LS 311: Business Law
  • MT 302: Organizational Behavior
  • 300/400-Level: Major Electives (see below)
  • AC 490: Bachelor's Internship in Accounting OR
    • AC 499: Bachelor's Capstone in Accounting

Core Requirements (33 credits)

  • 100/200-level: General Education Courses (3 courses)
  • 100/200-level: Math Course
  • 200-level: Arts and Humanities Course
  • 200-level: Science Course
  • 200-level: Social Science Course

Open Elective Requirements (24 credits)

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Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a Public Accountancy concentration might desire or in some cases be required to obtain a master's degree to begin or advance in the field. In addition, the program is designed to help graduates meet the educational eligibility requirements to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination.

Master's degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Business Administration

Career Paths:

Graduates of Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a Public Accountancy concentration could pursue work in corporate finance departments or act as consultants. They could apply techniques and methods in areas of auditing, taxation, and cost accounting.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Public accountant
  • Cost accountant
  • Budget accountant
  • General auditor
  • Tax preparer

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