Bachelor's in Accounting

Prepare to excel in today's business climate.

Earning a bachelor's degree in Accounting ensures that you're equipped to respond effectively in a dynamic and challenging future.

Prepare to excel in today's business climate with a Bachelor’s in Accounting from PennWest Global Online.

Learn the practical applications of fundamental accounting concepts. This program at PennWest puts significant emphasis on building quantitative, critical thinking and analytical skills. Students graduate not only with a demonstrated competence in their subject area, but also with the ability and tools to apply that knowledge.

All students will complete a business core within the 120-credit-hour program to focus on the functional areas of business and business analytics. Students will also build valuable skills in critical thinking, communication and teamwork.

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Credits: 120

Sean Madden

Student Recognition

Students’ achievements in PennWest’s business administration programs are recognized in several ways. Qualified students can become members of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an honorary economics fraternity; Phi Beta Lambda - Future Business Leaders; Student Accounting Association; Economics Club; Finance Club; American Marketing Association; and the Society for the Advancement of Management.

Expert Faculty

Our highly qualified business and accounting faculty members have significant industry experience as well as advanced degrees in their fields. Our professors have earned MBAs and doctorates from top schools such as American University, City University of New York, George Washington University, Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island and Wayne State University.

Student Engagement

Instruction in the program focuses on student engagement and active learning, keeping you involved and engaged with your instructors and classmates. All courses in the program consider the critical role of globalization and rapid technological advance in all aspects of the business environment.

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Careers and Salaries

Students will be prepared to join the workforce, become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or go on to pursue a graduate degree in Accounting, Business or Law.

Recent graduates have been accepted into graduate programs at such distinguished institutions as University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University, College of William and Mary, Youngstown State University and Florida State University.

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 11% through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career opportunities for business graduates include positions such as:

  • Accountant
  • Banker
  • City Manager
  • General manager
  • Government agency administrator
  • Hospital administrator
  • Industrial relations manager
  • Insurance agent
  • Office manager
  • Production manager
  • Purchasing agent
  • Sales manager
  • Securities analyst
  • Stockbroker

Among the many companies and industries that choose to hire our graduates are:

  • Aflac
  • Allegheny Steel
  • Bank of America
  • Clear Channel Media
  • Jackson Hewitt
  • T-Mobile
  • Tyco Electronics
  • U.S. Postal Service

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in foundational concepts of functional business areas
  2. Exhibit critical thinking skills for the  collection,analysis, and application of data and concepts
  3. Display cultural competence for ethical,  sustainable,inclusive, and collaborative leadership  practicesincluding a global perspective
  4. Effectively communicate in oral, written,  visual, anddigital formats
  5. Students will demonstrate analytical thinking  skills and competence across core accounting areas.
  6. Students will utilize appropriate technology  to support business decision making.
  7. Students will measure the impact of income  taxes on both personal and business financial performance.
  8. Students will evaluate the impacts of  regulatory issues imposed upon the accounting profession.
  9. Students will effectively generate, analyze,  and communicate accounting information internally and externally.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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