Bachelor of Science in

Accounting

MU professor with book in front of class

Program Director: Joan Foster, CMA, MBA, MET

Accounting is the language of business that allows different entities to communicate effectively with each other. The Accounting profession provides this vital service to management and owners of business firms, investors, creditors, labor unions, government agencies and most importantly to the general public. The curriculum of the College's Accounting major is designed to provide individuals with communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills, as well as the technical proficiency needed to become professional accountants.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and other accounting organizations continually emphasize the value of a broad approach to education. The liberal arts core and business support courses that are required of all accounting majors at Misericordia University address this need and help individuals acquire the necessary skills that will contribute to a productive life and satisfying career. The accounting faculty emphasizes the importance of these abilities in accounting courses that also contain the profession's technical body of knowledge. Accounting courses also integrate an extensive use of microcomputers and standard business software into instruction and student assignments. Students are given instruction in business writing and presentation skills.


Expressway

Offered through our Expressway Accelerated Degree Program, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in as little as 2 1/2 years by attending classes part-time. Expressway's convenient and predictable schedule allows you take classes either once a week or online, allowing you to earn up to 12 credits per semester. Courses are offered face-to-face in 5-week sessions at Luzerne County Community College on the Nanticoke Campus and at Lackawanna College, or online in 7 1/2 week sessions.

The Expressway program is the quickest route to a bachelor's degree. It is designed for highly motivated adults who want to earn their degree in a timely manner, have prior college credits, and have work or relevant life experience. Students have the ability to enroll eight different times during the year, not just in the fall and spring.

Click here to view complete information on the Expressway program.

Internships

Work experience is a powerful educational tool in a discipline such as Accounting.To assist students in securing internship positions, Misericordia University works individually with students and schedules on-campus interviews with accounting firms and companies. All Accounting majors are required to complete six (6) credits of internship as a graduation requirement. Internship opportunities are dependent upon successful completion of required course work, availability of employers, and the student's interview.

Admission and Program Requirements

The minimum criteria for admission into the Accounting program as a freshman student are:
  1. Class rank in the top half of the high school graduating class and/or a cumulative 2.5 grade point average
  2. Minimum combined SAT score of 850 for Critical Reading and Math (combined) if taken prior to March 5, 2016, or 930 if taken after March 5, 2016. In lieu of the SAT, ACT results may be presented with a minimum required composite score of 18
Successful transfer applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 2.0, having completed at least 15 college credits, and have a proven record of success in high school.

Please note the above listed requirements are general, and that each application is looked at thoroughly, taking into account individual grades, academic rigor, and other factors.

Accounting majors must achieve a GPA of 2.15 in the major by the beginning of the junior year and a GPA of 2.25 in the major by the beginning of the senior year. Failure to maintain the appropriate GPA will result in suspension from the major until the GPA meets minimum standards. This policy covers all Accounting, Business, Management Information Systems, and required courses in the major. In addition, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for the 48-credit college core in order to graduate.

Accreditation

Misericordia University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

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