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Undergraduate Major Accounting (BS)

Gain Real-World Experience with an Accounting BS

If you're detail-oriented, like working with numbers and enjoy structure-based problems, you're an ideal candidate for an accounting major. Earn your Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Southern New Hampshire University and enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities. The demand for accounting professionals continues to outpace the number of graduates in this field - and the potential for long-term job security continues to look good.

Receive a solid foundation in accounting principles and practices at SNHU as you prepare for a career in public accounting, corporate accounting, taxation, banking, financial analysis, auditing, government services with the IRS or FBI, or scores of other accounting-related careers. Your career opportunities are unlimited.

See Yourself Succeed as an Accounting Major

Earn your BS in Accounting at SNHU and take advantage of high-quality instruction from an accounting department faculty that includes certified public accountants and certified management accountants with extensive professional experience in public accounting, corporate accounting, executive management and consulting. Our faculty bring real-world experience into the classroom and are actively involved in overseeing students' success.

Your accounting major core curriculum studies will help you develop knowledge and skills that will allow you to make an immediate contribution in the workplace. Your coursework and its real-world applications will give you an understanding of and expertise in:

  • Accounting procedures
  • Accounting regulations and ethics
  • Information technology
  • Written and oral communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in accounting at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success
  • Affordability. SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships. (This scholarship amount is only for students who do not need a visa to study in the U.S.)
  • Innovative programs. Save time and tuition with our three-year degree programs, or study abroad at little or no extra cost
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center and the stands
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH, named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine

Internships & Outcomes

Complete your BS in Accounting at Southern New Hampshire University and be well-equipped for accounting and accounting-related careers. All students in the program are required to complete an accounting internship, gaining a minimum of 150 hours of public accounting or corporate accounting work experience, which enhances both their skills and their resumes. Students also gain real-life tax preparation and assistance experience, in addition to earning an IRS certification by participating in the IRS Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

In addition to positions in public accounting and private industry, your training can lead to career opportunities at government agencies, hospitals, social service agencies, and education systems, to name a few. You'll also build the knowledge base you'll need if you choose to pursue certified public accountant (CPA) or certified management accountant (CMA) certifications after graduation.

Requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary from state to state, as do requirements for state CPA licensing. SNHU's Accounting program meets the educational requirements to sit for the exam and apply for licensing in each of the New England states; however, students are encouraged to review their state specific requirements. State-by-state educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam can be found on the website of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), while state-by-state CPA licensing requirements can be found through the Accounting Licensing Library, powered by the NASBA.

Your background in accounting principles and practices can give you professional opportunities in:

  • Public accounting: auditing, taxation
  • Corporate accounting: budget analysis, cost accounting, financial reporting and management, internal auditing
  • Government agencies: auditing, budget analysis, financial reporting and management, research
  • Nonprofit institutions: accounting, budgeting, financial planning, internal auditing

Curriculum

Enroll as an accounting major at SNHU, and you'll be exposed to a curriculum that provides a solid foundation in accounting principles and practices. Building on a strong base of core bachelor's degree courses designed to expand your academic skills and knowledge, you'll also take twelve required accounting courses.

SNHU's Bachelor of Science in Accounting programs align closely with the educational Content and Skill Specifications for the Uniform CPA Examination. The curriculum also covers the educational content tested in the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. For students who go directly into corporate or other non-public accounting positions, and those who do not pursue the CPA or CMA designation, the curriculum also covers the foundational knowledge expected of new accounting graduates in these entry-level positions. Students planning to pursue a CPA certification can consider continuing on to our +1, 12-month, MS in Professional Accountancy. This program is designed specifically for students wishing to prepare for the educational requirements of the CPA exam while gaining 150 hours of college credit now required by most states for certification.

Courses To Prepare You For Your Career

SNHU's bachelor's in accounting program includes:

  • General education
  • Business core
  • Degree-specific courses

General Education Program

Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:

  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Problem solving

All undergraduate students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

Business Core Program

Programs in the School of Business require learners to complete the business core program, which includes a variety of business-specific courses. This program focuses on 10 core competencies to prepare you for success wherever you go.

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Campus Undergraduate Costs

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

This program and its concentrations are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.

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