Accounting is the language of business. Today’s accountants play a vital role in developing strong financial management practices in organizations across every industry. At CUAA, you’ll select a curriculum that builds the analytical and communication skills you’ll need to become a well-rounded and successful accountant and business professional.

The CUAA Advantage

  • An Accounting degree from CUAA offers you more than a diploma. It offers you:
  • Small classroom sizes and personal connections with teachers and administrators
  • Ethical values that strengthen leadership skills
  • Two tracks to choose from: CPA and non-CPA
  • A career plan based on your specific goals
  • A solid foundation in business and management
  • Tools to achieve personal and professional growth
  • Internships that combine theory with practical application
  • Faculty who are connected to the business world and eager to help you succeed


Degree Details

Years to complete:
Non-CPA track: 4 years
CPA exam track: 5 years

Program Highlights

The CUAA Accounting program offers you a challenging and dynamic learning environment. We prepare effective and responsible business leaders through a three-part curriculum that includes a liberal arts core, a business common body-of-knowledge, and a specialization in Accounting.

Learning Outcomes

As a CUAA Accounting graduate, you’ll enter the workforce with the knowledge you need to:

  • Apply accounting theory and prepare financial statements and footnote disclosures
  • Plan and perform financial and operational audits
  • Account for long-term debt, equity, earnings per share, revenue recognition and investments
  • Address advanced financial accounting issues such as derivative securities, foreign currency, interim financial reporting, segment reporting, bankruptcy and reorganization
  • Comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and international accounting standards
  • Test, evaluate, and report on internal controls
  • Strategically manage costs through budgeting, activity-based costing, and job costing,
  • Understand governmental and not-for-profit accounting
  • Research via the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) codification research system

Career Paths

Every industry needs well-trained accounting professionals. Graduates pursue careers in a wide variety of niches including:

  • Financial analysis
  • Risk management
  • Public accounting
  • Business consulting
  • Cost accounting
  • Not-for profit and governmental accounting
  • Information systems
  • Corporate taxation
  • Forensic accounting
  • Internal auditing Career Connection Accountants and Auditors Looking for an Internship?

Concentrations

5-year CPA exam track

4-year non-CPA track

Both tracks offer a full complement of liberal arts, general business, and accounting coursework. If you wish to complete the 150-hour, CPA Exam track you have several options - including an MBA - and should consult with your advisor to plan a course of study.

Advanced Degrees

CUAA’s MBA program offers concentrations in 11 different disciplines from International Business to Management Information Systems.

Coursework

CUAA’s Accounting curriculum includes coursework in cost accounting, auditing, income tax, management accounting, intermediate and advanced accounting, and not-for-profit and governmental accounting. See our course catalog for our full curriculum.

Complementary Majors/Minors

  • Finance
  • Computer Science
  • Management

Recommended High School Prep

  • Math
  • Lab Science
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Accounting
  • English (including writing)